2018 NFL Mock Draft: Full first round – Dallas Cowboys look defensive

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We take our first crack at a full first round mock of the 2018 NFL Draft and try to determine which prospects will be available for the Dallas Cowboys at #19.

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CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 28: Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State walks on stage after being picked #4 overall by the Dallas Cowboys during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

The NFL offseason is now in full swing. And that can only mean one thing … it’s mock draft time! For the Dallas Cowboys, questions abound on both sides of the ball. But how can America’s Team use the draft to bounce back in 2018?

First, you must know that the current regime in Dallas believes in building their roster primarily through the annual selection of college prospects. When it comes to free agency, the Cowboys prefer to re-sign their own players instead of looking to the open market in order to fill their roster. The thinking behind this being they know their own players better than outcasts from other teams.

It’s a bit of a flawed philosophy as big name free agents have helped this team in the past. They’ve also hurt them. And Dallas has become especially gun shy following those bad deals.

The Cowboys instead have elected to bottom-feed when it comes the free agency. And this sifting through the NFL’s clearance bin has resulted in two horrible back-to-back free agent classes. In fact, the great majority of Dallas’ free agent signings from last year were not even on the team’s active roster at the midseason point.

Dallas likes the benefits that come with drafted players. That being young players with relatively small contracts and little to no bad habits, ready to be molded. And this year, there doesn’t appear to be any changing of that philosophy in Big D.

So, as we dive in to our full first round mock draft of 2018, the Cowboys will be counting down the picks until their top selection at #19, hoping and praying that a prospect they covet falls to them. Because they refuse to look for him in free agency.

Those top needs being wide receiver, defensive line and offensive line in Dallas. But regardless of position, finding a difference maker is key to the Cowboys bouncing back from their disappointing 9-7 regular season in 2017.

Without further ado, here’s The Landry Hat’s first full first round mock of the 2018 NFL Draft. Enjoy!

Note: We’d like to thank both Walter Football and FanSpeak for including this mock in their terrific Mock Draft databases.

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