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Cowgirls' Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft #2

I previously did my first Dallas Cowboys mock draft for the 2013 NFL season. In light of the switch to the Tampa 2 defense, and some of my former selections electing to go back to school, it is time for my 1st update.

Nov 3, 2012; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Terrance Williams (2) catches a touchdown pass during the first quarter against the Kansas Jayhawks at Floyd Casey Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

I am not a fan of taking the best available player on the board just because he is there and he is “flashy” . When I went to DallasCowboys.com and saw the headline “Baylor Star Terrance Williams Hopes To Become A Cowboy”, I thought, “oh no, here we go again.” Everyone knows Cowboys owner, president, and general manager Jerry Jones’ penchant for making a splash so-to-speak by drafting “FLASH” in the 1st round. At this point, I thought: “oh no, what if Williams happens to be on the board when the Dallas Cowboys pick at 18? The Dallas Cowboys were 3rd in passing in the NFL with 4,903 yds 26 TD’s, but 31st running the ball and 26th in red zone scoring. So, I ask:

Why is  WR a need?

The numbers below clearly indicate my motives behind my selections in this mock draft. Unlike Jerry Jones, I am a firm believer in drafting the best available player that fills an immediate need, so obviously WR isn’t on my list. I feel both Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris have more than proved that they are up to the task.

  • 1992 Cowboys- 2,131 rush yards and 20 rushing TD’s
  • 1993 Cowboys- 2,161 rushing yards 20 rushing TD’s
  • 1995 Cowboys- 2,201 rushing yards 29 rushing TD’s
  • 2012 Cowboys- 1,265 rushing yards 9 rushing TD’s

If Jerry Jones is too blind to see this, then Cowboys fans need to find an alternate team to cheer for in the post season. This team will never go deep in to the play offs with this kind of imbalance. A Super Bowl is out of the question!

1st Round:

Given that 2 of my former 1st round selections (Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews) have decided to stay in school, Barrett Jones isn’t even on the board at this time because of his career threatening injury, the switch to the Tampa 2 defense and the uncertainty of Tony Romo signing an extension in Dallas, I was forced to completely redo round 1.

Dec 3, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Alec Ogletree (9) recovers an onside kick during the first half of the 2011 SEC championship game against the LSU Tigers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Alec Ogletree, OLB

Height/Weight: 6-3  234

School: Georgia | Conference: SEC

College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Newnan, GA

The switch to the Tampa 2 defense created an immediate need for quick athletic LB’s. Bruce Carter and Sean Lee both fit the bill, but then who?

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Tyler Wilson, QB

Height/Weight: 6-2  218

School: Arkansas | Conference: SEC

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Greenwood, AR

With the fear that Tony Romo may want to move on to greener pastures, combined with the fact that the Dallas Cowboys need to plan for the future anyway, I studied quite a few QB’s so far this offseason. As you all know, I am not one to pay much attention to the media projections. That being said, this is my guy. Wilson is the real deal. Good anticipation/accuracy, very poised, good read and react skills, extremely mobile. Good foot work, moves well in and out of the pocket. decent arm strength, quick release and he  can throw on the run like Tony Romo. Lets face it, If Jerry decides to draft a QB, he better get one with some decent mobility. Otherwise, his first round pick will be on injured reserve.

Oct 27, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Texas Longhorns safety Kenny Vaccaro (4) comes onto the field for the game with the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium. Texas won the game 21-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Kenny Vaccaro, FS

Height/Weight 6-1 218

School: Texas | Conference: BIG12

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Brownwood, TX

As most of you know, the Tampa 2 defense relies heavily on the play of the safeties (another position where the Cowboys severely lacking depth). Vacarro can play either SS or FS and has shown he has the speed (4.49- 40) and the athleticism that meets the task.

2nd Round:

In spite of the fact that some of these guys have changed their locations in the projections, my grade stays the same. I am more concerned about what they did week in and week out during the season, than during drills at the Sr. Bowl.

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

Ansah is an athletic freak. He has all the intangibles NFL scouts look for. The switch to the Tampa 2 defense has also created holes at the defensive end position. I am keeping Ansah in the 2nd round because of his lack of experience. If he falls, then grab him. If not, he’s high risk and high reward.

Nov 3, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Marlin Lane (15) after scoring the winning touchdown to defeat the Troy Trojans 55-48 is congratulated by teammate Tennessee offensive linesman Dallas Thomas (71) during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Thomas, OT

Height/Weight: 6-5 310

School: Tennessee | Conference: SEC

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

I am still concerned about the depth on the offensive line. With Doug Frees’ inflated salary and lack of production, he may end up a cap casualty by June 1st. I have no confidence what-so-ever in Jeremy Parnell’s ability to be a starter in the NFL. Therefore, I strongly believe the Cowboys need to draft an offensive tackle. Thomas faced some of the biggest and best pass rushers in the SEC and fared well.

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

Losing Josh Brent due to off field issues and the recent allegations that the battle scarred injury laden Jay Ratliff was guilty of being involved in an alcohol related accident, some depth at the defensive tackle position is a must for the Dallas Cowboys.

3rd Round:

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Larry Warford, OG

Height/Weight: 6-3 343

School: Kentucky | Conference: SEC

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Richmond, KY

I spent a lot of time studying this player. He is your prototypical road grading interior offensive lineman. Constant pressure up the middle has been Tony Romo’s nemesis for quite some time now. It is imperative that Jerry Jones add some beef in the middle, especially if Tony Romo plans on departing from Dallas. Kyle Orton would end up in a wheel chair playing behind this offensive line.

Jan 2, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Ricky Wagner (58) in the 2012 Rose Bowl game against the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl. Oregon defeated Wisconsin 45-38. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Ricky Wagner, OT

Height/Weight: 6-6 310

School: Wisconsin | Conference: BIG10

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: West Allis, WI

I also spent a lot of time studying this player. He is country strong, athletic and has great instincts. These are traits that can’t be taught. In spite of media projections showing him as a 4th-5th round projection, I don’t see him playing LT in the NFL. I graded him as a guard. As you all know, Wisconsin is known as OL university, so you know he was well coached. If he was athletic enough to play LT in the Big10, then he is more than athletic enough to be a good pulling guard at the next level. I am content with a 3rd round grade.

Dec 2, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball walks onto the floor with the Big Ten football trophy as he and teammates James White (right) and Melvin Gordon are introduced during a time-out at the Kohl Center. The Wisconsin Badgers basketball team defeated California 81-56. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-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 Dallas Cowboys draft in the 3rd round, this is a no brainer with Felix Jones being in a contract year and DeMarco Murray’s injury issues.

4th Round:

 I am staying pat with my 4th round selections.

September 15, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs safety Shawn Williams (36) and linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) tackle Florida Atlantic Owls running back Damian Fortner (22) in the first half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Shawn Williams, S

Height/Weight: 6-1 218

School: Georgia | Conference: SEC

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Damascus, GA

Shawn Williams is not what I would call an Ed Reed, but he is a solid developmental player who I believe could make an immediate impact on special teams and provide an adequate backup for Barry Church. He has the potential to eventually be a starter.

Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish center Braxston Cave (52) warms up prior to the 2013 BCS Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Braxston Cave, C

Height/Weight: 6-3 305

School: Notre Dame | Conference: Big East

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Mishawaka, IN

 

September 29, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive end William Gholston (2) on the field during the second half of a game at Spartan Stadium against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State won 17-16 Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

William Gholston, DE

Height/Weight: 6-7 278

School: Michigan State | Conference: BIG10

College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Detroit, MI

Gholston is the real deal. At 6-7 280 lbs he has the size and strength to manhandle offensive linemen. He is very athletic and has the speed to play in space as well as the quickness to beat linemen to the edge.

5th Round:

Sep 3, 2011; Clemson, SC, USA; Troy Trojans wide receiver B.J. Chitty (17) is brought down by Clemson Tigers linebacker Jonathan Willard (not pictured) and defensive end Malliciah Goodman (97) during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Tigers won 43 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Malliciah Goodman, DE

 Height/Weight: 6-4 280

School: Clemson | Conference: ACC

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Florence, SC

Goodman is what I call one of those under the radar mid round picks; he has good length, quickness and overall athleticism. He could be a decent defensive end to provide some depth in the rotation.

September 22, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks linebacker Kiko Alonso (47) during the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Kiko Alonso, ILB

 Height/Weight: 6-3 242

School: Oregon |Conference:Pac12

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Los Gatos, CA

Alonso has the traits to develop in to a quality LB at the next level. He has good awareness and the quickness to get upfield and disrupt the backfield. He is still a little raw in his technique, and will need to work on his strength and his pedal, but none the less, he is good in coverage and exhibits good ball skills. He is a decent developmental player that is a perfect fit for the Tampa 2 defense that could utilize his speed on special teams.

Aug 31, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans tight end Dion Sims (80) reaches for a first down in the fourth quarter against the Boise State Broncos at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Dion Sims, TE

Height/Weight: 6-5 285

School: Michigan State | Conference: BIG10

College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Detroit, Mi.

It’s looking more and more like the John Phillips experiment in Dallas is over. He is an UFA and It doesn’t appear he will get a new deal. That being said, I have been one who always liked the idea of using an undersized athletic OT as a blocking TE because in most cases, the defensive ends in the NFL keep getting bigger stronger and faster, and they are a handful for the avg TE. Well, I killed 2 birds with one stone here. Sims is a load at 285 lbs and still has the speed (4.76 40) to be an effective TE. He has good hands and is an efficient blocker. At 6-5 he can big boy opposing defenders who are trying to cover him. Some boards have him projected in the 3-4th round and he has the intangibles to merit a higher grade than that. However, his felony conviction in 2010 and some injury issues early in his career make him a high risk, high reward player. If he falls to the Dallas Cowboys in the 5th round, I say draft him.

6th Round:

Again I am staying pat with my previous selections.

January 2, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Cornelius Washington (83) tackles Michigan State Spartans running back Le

Cornelius Washington, OLB

Height/Weight: 6-4 268

School: Georgia | Conference: SEC

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Hephzibah, GA

 

Travis Bond, OG

Height/Weight: 6-6 340

School: N. Carolina | Conference: ACC

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Windsor, NC

 

September 22, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans nose tackle Anthony Rashad White (98) during the 1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony White, DT

Height/Weight: 6-2 330

School: Michigan State | Conference: BIG10

College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Battle Creek, MI

When I watch White play it reminds me of a bull in a china closet. He will amaze you with his quickness for a big boy. He isn’t one of those big interior defensive linemen that you watch push the pocket front, draw a double team and that’s it. Nope, this guy is all over the field. I was amused watching him against the center I mocked in the 4th round. Obviously the center needed some help. What impressed me the most was his power at the point of attack and his ability to get off of blocks and run across the field to make a tackle.  He doesn’t have any fancy pass rush moves or the best technique I’ve ever seen, he just over powers his opponent. To get White in the 6th round would probably be the best late round pick since Jay Ratliff. A good coach like Marinelli would turn him in to a beast. I couldn’t imagine trying to block him if his technique was a good as Jay Ratliff’s. He is much bigger and more powerful than Ratliff is now.

I apologize if I disappoint, but if you were looking for flash, you wont find it here. The main thing the Dallas Cowboys are missing is some nasty in the trenches. I admit, they wouldn’t sell a lot of jerseys with this draft, but they may just finish better than 8-8.  I included a video of Tyler Wilson. If Jerry Jones does get  the notion to draft a QB, this is my guy.

 

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  • viper31

    Outstanding analysis and great insight, CAS- I agree we need some toughness in the trenches instead of sexy picks to sell jerseys!

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

      thanks viper

  • ‘mericas_team2013

    I would and wouldn’t be disappointed by the Tyler Wilson pick… I could
    see JJ taking him just because he is moving up the board and he’s from
    JJ’s alma matter. My problem with it would be listening to all the fans
    when Romo has a bad game or when he does get his extension. I would
    love to see Warford fall into the 3rd round! Now one question, if
    Warmack is still there at our pick do you take him or Ogletree?

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

      I like Warmack, I like his nasty and his power, What I don’t like is his lack of quickness for pulling. It would be hard to say no if he is there at 18, but I doubt he will be. When I weigh out the value I think getting Warford or Wagner in the 3rd round is a better deal. So far warford had been projected 3rd to 4th. He may have gone up after the Sr. Bowl, but I keep the grade I put on a player based on what I saw in games. No matter what happens, the OL is deep enough in this draft that we can get a starting quality OL anywhere in the top 3 rounds. The type of LB required for the tampa 2 is slim pickins in this draft since Christian Jones, who was my 1st selection, went back to school. And of course Vaccaro is the perfect fit for the Tampa 2 as well and we have needed a solid safety for too long. As far as the fans go, I am sick of them running their mouth about Romo anyway. All the more reason for him to want to leave.

      • ‘mericas_team2013

        Thanks for your input!

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

          your welcome and thank you for yours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.valentino.39 Michael Valentino

    Hi Cas, thanks for this article (I’ve been waiting for your mocks). :) But we all know JJ is going to package his no. 1 and 2, plus next year’s no. 3 and 4 to Jacksonville so he can draft Terrance Williams. Then he will restructure contracts for Miles Austin and Doug Free and give each of those future HOFers about $16MM per year. Then, in yet another stroke of sheer genius, JJ will force JG to put Free back at LT because, well, because Romo just does not quite run for his life enough as it is. But…if JJ does it right, any combination of your picks for the first three rounds would be nice. It’s too bad Lewan and Matthews are returning to school – they’d have been 1st round picks which would have given the Cowboys a better chance of landing Chance Warmack. I’ve read up on Cooper at your suggestion. I would not be upset if Dallas drafted him at 18. I’d like to see him bulk up to 310 however. Also, Warford in the 3rd would not be a bad consolation prize if they can’t get Cooper. I’d still like to see DJ Fluker somewhere. I must just be fascinated with the Alabama O-line. Honestly, other than Tyron Smith, I’d have taken Nick Saban’s entire unit over what the Cowboys fielded last year. Romo would probably agree. Vaccaro makes sense at 18: you need a rangy safety in the Tampa 2. I’d like Ogletree (I see him at SOLB). (Sidebar: for me, I would put Lee at WOLB and Carter at MLB in the 4-3. Lee is smart and athletic and at weakside will be less prone to taking a beating, and I just see him as a Chuck Howley type of player in that role. Also, Carter just reminds me of Patrick Willis with his size and explosiveness.) I would love Ansah as a pass-rushing RDE in round 2, but I think he won’t make it out of the 1st round, Cas. If he is there, Dallas should jump on him. Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson might be a good pick at 18 but I would prefer to go O-line over D-line in the 1st round. If there is any FA $$ I would like to see the Cowboys go after Bears DT Henry Melton. He is quick and disruptive inside. As for what would really make me happy: JJ working deals to get Warmack and Fluker. Send Livings and Free packing and rebuild the long-neglected O-line. I also think the QB Wilson will be there in round 2. I think he needs more zip on the ball. At some point, though, Dallas has to draft a QB. Orton is not the long-term answer. I agree with you, Cas, the Cowboys don’t need sexy picks. They need guys in the trenches, one OLB and one safety. Cut Felix and get a RB as UDFA to fill out the roster there.

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

      hi michael as usual your input is welcomed and appreciated. Thank You for sharing!

  • wayne t

    We need to get some big nasty linemen. One on the DL, 2 on
    the OL .There are some good running backs that should be there in rounds 3-6,
    and like you I don’t need no flash in
    this draft.

  • Truth

    Sorry to burst anyone’s foolish bubble of how good Romo realy is. He is not that good, especially when it comes to intangibles, something QBR does not account for but serious football intelligence tells you…is very important in the NFL.
    “Redzone is near non-existent” because of Romo. Why(I’m glad you asked), because he the biggest choker under pressure. Just look at his history in such a scary place for him. Heck, just look at how we have lost all chances of moving forward in such places; Seatle debacle, Giants, etc, etc…
    How many teams and players have iterated things like, “romo telegraphs the play, we know he gets scared, he gives off tells…”???
    How many times in the last few yrs. have we seen JG defer to runs in the redzone vs Romo passing??? Why, because although great WRs, he doesn’t trust Romo in the redzone and his consistent gafs and/or ill-decision-making?
    Romo, although hurts to admit, is what ales Cowboys offense and is major reason for last place redzone scoring!!!

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

      the 2012 Dallas Cowboys were 31st in rushing and only had 9 rushing TD’s compared to an avg of over 20 per during the 90′s. Obviously you know nothing about football because you have to be able to pound the ball in on the ground if you want to succeed in the NFL. When you are inside the 10 the entire defense is on the goal line or in the endzone. You are asking for picks trying to force throws in that situation. There is no open field for rec’s to get open. You will miss him when he is gone. Wait until you see Orton behind that joke of a line and Tony on a team that actually has a line. P Manning had 0 wins in 8 of his trips to the playoffs and choked again this yr in the big game. He only has 1 ring in 12 trips to the playoffs. Romo has only had 3 trips and has a win. So you tell me who the choker is?

  • Truth

    The old-guy….washed-up QB, Kitna outplayed Romo and basically said by the Coaching staff that yr. when it was a good comparative yr. when they both played with the same players and offensive scheme. The coaches if you forgot were JG/OC, Wade/HC as well as ghost-HC, Jerry Jones, ha!

  • ctcowboy1968

    Cas, I always enjoy your articles. I completely agree about the no flash, just beastly linemen for this draft. We should not be drafting any WRs this year.

    I don’t agree with your first rd. Olgetree has now been arrested for the 2nd time. Do we need another drunk driver on this team? He is an immature junior. Repeatedly suspended by his college team. We don’t need high risk in round 1. Round 1 must be a sure thing and day 1 starter. Also, no QB or safety. These are not our priorities right now.

    First round must be a linemen. 1A – D – Sheldon Richardson. 1B – O – Jon Cooper.
    Second round – OL – Warford. He won’t be around in the 3rd rd.

    Third round – OL – best OT available.

    As for the back up RB, go after FA Chris Ivory (Saints). He is young, has proven himself at this level, won’t ever get a chance to play in NO, and there’s no draft comp involved.