Cowboys 7 round mock draft with SEC players only
By Mark Heaney
Round 5, Pick 167: Damone Clark, LB, LSU
The currently injured former LSU thumper, Damone Clark, has drawn interest from almost every fanbase as a fourth-fifth round potential pick and it is for good reason. At 6-2, 240 pounds, Clark displayed a lot of ability during his four years at LSU.
He is big and hard-hitting with solid speed (4.57 at the NFL Combine) to pair with it. The Tiger was productive and a true leader in Baton Rouge both on and off the field, which is always a great thing to add to your team. He is smart, dedicated, and an attention-to-detail kind of linebacker.
The problem, as I mentioned, he is injured, and not sprained ankle type of injured. Last month he underwent spinal fusion surgery and he is very likely to miss the entire 2022 season. Not ideal to say the least, but the fact that he is still expected to be selected in the fourth-fifth round range shows how good he is.
Dallas waited on another LSU rookie this past season in Jabril Cox. What’s to say they don’t go after another one and keep adding to this linebacker group that lacks young talent.
Round 5, Pick 176: Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M
Here, we have one of the most interesting cases in this tight end class, as former Aggie Jalen Wydermeyer showcased himself really well on the film, and really poorly in the athletic testing at his Pro Day.
Wydermyer ran a 5.03-second 40-yard dash, which is pretty bad. The thing is, his film does not show a bad player. It showed a pretty solid receiving tight end, especially in a TE class that lacks overall talent. He has great size for an NFL tight end and had some good production to back it up at A&M.
Some teams won’t select him solely because of the testing numbers, but for Dallas, it might make sense to add a big, strong TE with receiving experience and potential as a blocker. The Cowboys have already met with Wydermyer on more than one occasion and could seriously consider him with one of their many fifth-round picks.
In the worst-case scenario for him, he does not get drafted at all, I would definitely expect a deal between Dallas and Wydermyer to strike quickly. He was born and raised in Texas and has already spent a good amount of time with the team. Plus, he could easily stick on with the depth at the position being underwhelming for the Cowboys.
Round 5, Pick 178: Smoke Monday, S, Auburn
Yes, his name is actually Smoke Monday. While having one of the more unique names to ever enter the NFL, Monday is much more than a cool name. He is an imposing figure at safety with the energy and passion that teams are dying to have on their defense.
The former Tiger is a big safety with hard-hitting tackling and legit potential as a starting box safety. Dallas has been known to pass on guys like him in the past, but with recent investments in Malik Hooker and Jayron Kearse, that tide may be turning.
He has the ability to make plays on the ball with five interceptions across his career and at least one in all four seasons at Auburn. He also returned three of the five for touchdowns, and we know how much focus the Cowboys have put on defensive scores since adding DC Dan Quinn to the mix.
Monday is not an elite safety prospect, but there is no doubt he can add a spark to the team and provide strength in the running game, as well as potential as an NFL ball hawk. I would love to see Dallas continue targeting players with the motor and demeanor of guys like Monday on the defensive side of the ball.