Cowgirlcas’ 2013 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft #1

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It seems like just yesterday we were gearing up for last year’s Senior Bowl and all the hype and speculation surrounding the draft was running rampant. Gosh, where does the time go? Another NFL season has come and pretty much gone, and here we are in the exact same position as last year. Once again, the Dallas Cowboys playoff hopes come down to the last game of the season. That being said, the Cowboys need to get better, and building a better team starts with the draft, so I am going to join in the fun and post my first Dallas Cowboys 2013 Mock draft.

If the Dallas Cowboys lose to the Washington Redskins on Sunday night, they will more than likely have the 18th pick in the 2013 NFL draft. It has been obvious all year long that the Dallas Cowboys major weakness is the offensive line. If I had to prioritize. I would say the defensive line takes a close second because it is lacking as well. If there is one thing that is certain, it is that the game of football is won in the trenches. You will clearly see in this mock that I draft for need, not for flash. The loss of Josh Brent, and possibly Anthony Spencer creates the need for a solid NT and an OLB as well. I listed my current top 3 players for each round.

Keep in mind that things will most likely change. As the 2013 season draws closer, I will do periodic updates. After the Senior Bowl and the combine, I will post an analysis for each player in my mock. My final mock draft will list my player of choice for each round along with my analysis.

1st. Round

Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines tackle Taylor Lewan (77) during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Taylor Lewan, OT

Height/Weight: 6-7 310

School: Michigan | Conference: BIG10

College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

 

Oct 20, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A

Jake Matthews, OT

Height/Weight: 6-5 305

School: Texas A&M | Conference: SEC

College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Missouri City, TX

 

November 3, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive linesman Barrett Jones (75) against the LSU Tigers during a game at Tiger Stadium. Alabama defeated LSU 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Barrett Jones. C/OG

Height/Weight: 6-4 305

School: Alabama | Conference: SEC

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Memphis, TN

 

2nd. Round

Oct. 5, 2012; Provo, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Ezekiel Ansah (47) grabs hold of Utah State Aggies running back Kerwynn Williams (25) during the first quarter at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas C. Pizac-USA TODAY Sports

Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB

Height/Weight: 6-5 270

School: Brigham Young | Conference: IA

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Accra, Ghana

 

Nov 24, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers senior offensive linesman Dallas Thomas (71) before thte game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Thomas, OT

Height/Weight: 6-5 310

School: Tennessee | Conference: SEC

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

 

November 24, 2012; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers defensive tackle Kawann Short (93) waits for the snap against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Kawann Short, DT

Height/Weight: 6-3 315

School: Purdue | Conference: BIG 10

College Experience: Junior | Hometown: East Chicago, IN

 

 3rd. Round

September 22, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Larry Warford (67) and guard Zach West (75) block against the Florida Gators in the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Warford, OG

Height/Weight: 6-3 343

School: Kentucky | Conference: SEC

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Richmond, KY

 

Sep 15, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins player Datone Jones (97) celebrates with quarterback Brett Hundley (17) after catching a 17-yard touchdown pass against the Houston Cougars at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kriby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Datone Jones, DE

Height/Weight: 6-4 275

School: UCLA | Conference: PAC12

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Compton, CA

 

Dec 1, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball (28) runs away from Nebraska Cornhuskers safety Daimion Stafford (3) in the second quarter during the Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Montee Ball, RB

Height/Weight: 5-11 215

School: Wisconsin | Conference: BIG10

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Wentzville, MO

(Ball is an exception to my rule. If he is on the board when the Cowboys draft in the 3rd round, this is a no brainer with Felix being in a contract year and Murray’s injury issues.)

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  • boysteamusa

    This is good stuff, so exciting! The guys who get to involve themselves in this process must enjoy it tremendously as I find it exciting even from the sidelines. I will not post anymore until Ive taken a good look at these guys but your definitely hitting the areas we need to target and I would object if you had no rb’s at least in the latter round. You are definitely targeting areas of needs O-Line being #1 and the D-Line is a close 2nd. I dont wanna get my hopes up to high as JJ and JG seems to dance to their own beat……who knows where they will go in the draft, where they ought to focus is obvious, but will they?!

    • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

      I love the process, this is a good class for OL, not so good for Pass rushers, QB’s, safetys,etc.

      • boysteamusa

        A good class for the OL…..thats wonderful news indeed Cas

  • disqus_vBpGQse18U

    Enjoyed the article…I think i would lean toward defense in the 1st round though…A big NT or OLB/DE if Spencer isn’t coming back….I think a healthy Costa fills the Center position..
    The 2 area of needs on OL in my opinion are Livings guard sot & obviously Free…Maybe Parnell can be the answer for Frees replacement & maybe find a Guard in round 2 or 3.

    • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

      Thank You. The hard part about picking and choosing is A. You have to select based on where the team is picking. The middle of the 1st round is weak for pass rushers. the good ones go in the top half of the 1st round. At that point you can’t reach and grab a 2nd round talent. B. The Cowboys D was ranked #1 prior to injury and the offense is 26th in the red zone and 31st in rushing. Need has to come 1st. Costa is a below avg center who has proven he is an injury waiting to happen. NTM they drafted all Defense last yr.

  • Juanito Juanito

    parnell will be a starter tackle next season ¡¡¡¡¡ so cowboys need interior guys for offensive and defensive lines, and a rb in 4th round

    • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

      Parnell is not good at all. We need studs on the OL.

  • http://twitter.com/JonFiorella Jonathan Fiorella

    I like Barrett Jones from bama…be a reach to get him though

  • BigDIndiana

    Depends on what they think of Parnell. If they still peg him as backup OT. I doubt Ansah makes it to the second or Warford to the third, but i would do a back flip if that happened.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Great article and I agree. Would take Barrett Jones in 1st. Excellent player, winning heritage, awesome program. Start him day 1. Forget Ansah. Go for Thomas or Warford in 2nd.
    Both lines have to be the primary focus. OL first.

  • Truth

    First and foremost, I’m at odds with your opinions and agenda to indoctrinate fans on this site.
    First, a close 98% of Romo’s ill-made decisions were his fault along with the interceptions. How can you or anyone for that matter continue to blame the OL??! These line proved itself over and over against some Top Defenses along with DL’s.
    Yes, like any other OL or Team’s OL, they had miscues or misreads. No biggy because of the fact that it’s normal. What isn’t normal is for QBs to choke under pressure, a lot of what Romo did throughout the season and as seen in games. The proof is in the pudding as famously said. Just look at games and see how many times Romo threw interceptions while not under pressure and/or at minimal. Look at how many times he created his own pressure, sacks and interceptions by holding the ball for way too long of which is also a measured stat and of which he ranks very low. This offense needs help and/or depth, but with a better QB, they would have been rated or deemed of very highly just as happened when Kitna came in in 2010.
    Free is overpayed, and injuries hurt but by the same token, OL did some good stuff for their talent level. I think much because of Bill Calahan.
    I don’t think, as of currently, that Jerry or Jerry’s cronies can see talent let alone bring them in. We’ll be stuck with an incapable QB in Tony Oh-No for a very longtime especially with Jerry thinking that he “really?” knows football and football players, ha! Ohh-boyyyy….

  • Truth

    I will also add this… As for DTs, Short is definitely on the short list or should I say my short-list.

    There are better DTs per-say, just saying. I’m sure…time will tell if I’m correct or you are? By the same token, I can take and accept being wrong, can you?

    For starters, I like Richard Sheldon over this guy Kawann Short. Time will tell who can better evaluate talent. I’m not trying to start a contest, just a friendly battle of wits…nothing more nothing less.

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