We analyze the Dallas Cowboys selections made in a recent seven round mock draft conducted by Pro Football Focus.
With the 2016 NFL Draft less than a week away, many of the major sports sites are chiming in with their final mocks for the big event. And that includes seven round predictions for the Dallas Cowboys. One such site, Pro Football Focus, has released their own complete mock of the entire draft. Below, I analyze their selections for the Cowboys and give my final review at the end.
4. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Bosa, his teammate running back Ezekiel Elliott, and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey are all in play for the Cowboys here according to Pro Football Focus. With the recent news about a possible four-game suspension for another one of their defensive ends, this time involving Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas would seem to be wise to draft Bosa.
But in my opinion, this high in the draft team need should always be trumped by pure talent. And I consider both Elliott and Ramsey both more talented players. If the Cowboys believe Jalen is a pro bowl cornerback, I’d take him. But it appears many believe Ramsey is a safety on this level, and fourth overall is too high to draft for that position.
Therefore, I think Elliott makes more sense here. Especially considering the success this team had in 2014 when DeMarco Murray lead the league in rushing.
34. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
This is a dream scenario for the Cowboys. Although they’d probably prefer to grab a pass rusher here, Treadwell’s value is too high to pass up. The talented wide out out of Ole Miss has been compared to Cowboys All-Pro Dez Bryant. If he is anything like Dez, I’d hate to be a defensive coordinator having to game plan for two of them! And considering the way this current receiver corps disappeared last season, Dallas needs another playmaker.
67. Jeremy Cash, LB/S, Duke
Cash comes in as an eventual replacement for strong safety Barry Church, but the kid is a bit of a tweener. Similar to Arizona’s Deone Bucannon, he’ll play as a hybrid safety/linebacker for Dallas. He’ll likely have to make his bones on special teams first, but Cash and last year’s top draft pick Byron Jones would likely become the Cowboys dynamic duo at the safety position for the next four years.
101. Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
The Cowboys land a quality running back in the fourth round in Utah’s Devontae Booker. One of the best in this class, Booker likely falls this far down the draft due to him coming off knee surgery and the fact he’ll be 24-years old in May.
Booker is a balanced runner who is more slippery than powerful. He’s a workhorse back that is mature, decisive and focused. Booker is also a willing pass blocker, but he needs to develop in that area more. There are obviously durability concerns and he does have an issue with ball security. Still, behind the Cowboys dominate offensive line, Booker should thrive and eventually emerge as Dallas’ lead stallion.
135. Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
Likely not a name many Cowboys fans have on their list of potential Tony Romo replacements in this draft, Standford’s Kevin Hogan is a solid prospect regardless. Replacing Andrew Luck at Stanford, Hogan held his own as a four-year starter. And that fact he played in a pro-style offense should minimize his learning curve on the next level.
Hogan possesses the leadership qualities the Cowboys covet, including being a two-year team captain. But his mechanics as a passer need a lot of work and there are questions about consistency, accuracy and arm strength that likely make his ceiling in the NFL no higher than a back-up at best.
The sixth round picks:
189. Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois; 212. Ben Braunecker, TE, Harvard; 216. DeAndre Washington, RB, Texas Tech; 217. Vincent Valentine, DI, Nebraska
Overall, I find this mock draft to be fairly positive for the Cowboys. Bosa obviously fills a big need for Dallas. Unfortunately, I believe he’ll play at left defensive end or inside and will not become the dominate pass rusher the Cowboys so desperately need.
Treadwell in the second round is the big win here. If the hype surrounding him is true, than he could one day overtake Bryant as the top receiver in Dallas. Cash comes with several question marks for me, mainly due to his tweener status. I’m just not sure how the Cowboys plan on using him on defense.
Booker could be the steal of this draft in the fourth, especially behind Dallas’ O-line. And Hogan, to me, is nothing more than a third string quarterback behind Kellen Moore.
Please, go check out the entire seven round 2016 NFL Mock Draft over at Pro Football Focus here. Then tell us in the comment section below whom you think the Cowboys should take based on PFF’s selections and who was available when Dallas’ number was called.
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