Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft Final Version


Apr 26, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback

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So now that the draft is this week it is time for the final mock draft for the Dallas Cowboys before the actual picks start. Again, I am using the Fanspeak On The Clock website and did several runs. The picks see here are the people that I selected most often. I do think there might be a trade or two for the Cowboys but that does not show up here. I am also taking into account the Greg Hardy suspension and choosing based on needs and not trying to over-reach. So without further delay here are the picks.

Round 1 – Jalen Collins – CB – LSU – I had the option of Peters here, but I think with all of the emotional issues of Peters he is not worth the risk as much as Collins is. Collins still needs to work a little on his game and can get lost at times since he relies on his athleticism instead of technique. If he can get the technique worked out he will be a viable starter for a very long time to come.

Round 2 – Ameer Abdullah – RB – Nebraska – I went with Abdullah since there was a run on RBs just before I picked int he second round. However, Abdullah might be the third most complete back in the draft. If he can work on some of his fumble issues (which look to be fixable) and pass blocking, he has all the character you could want and would be an amazing addition to the Cowboys backfield.

Round 3 – Ali Marpet – G – Hobart – I really wanted to look for a pass rush here, the next rated one was a 4th or 5th rounder. All of the LBs were a huge reach and there was a stack of TEs and RBs. I could have gone WR, but thought I would get one a little later. I went with Rashad Greene, but the lack of return skills made me pause. Marpet showed in the Senior Bowl he can hang with the big boys and while it might take him a year to get all of the technique this would be the last addition to one of the greatest lines in the game.

Round 4 – Antwan Goodley – WR – Baylor – While the knock on him is that he has marginal hands and since he played at Baylor he doesn’t have a very expansive route tree, he has the ability to catch and run quite well. He is a good kick returner and would be best suited for the slot. I think with Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams on the team he would learn better hand usage and he already has the speed to make teams pay.

Round 5 – Bobby Richardson – DE/DT – Indiana – I couldn’t believe he dropped as often as he did. I know he is not a true DT in a 3-4 and not a DE in a 3-4 either, he is somewhere in between. I think that is why he is best suited as a 4-3 DE who could be moved around and play some inside if he could add a little size. He has a high motor and looks for the ball. He needs to add that size and work on wrapping up a little better on his tackles.

Round 7 – Jeff Luc – ILB – Cincinnati – Something tells me Luc could actually be a project at DE. He can get beat in coverage and plays a little upright as a LB. However, he recorded 6.5 sacks as an ILB and is a nightmare for DTs. If he could learn how to use his powerlifter frame as a DE he could be a great steal and be better than many think. Heck with his size he could even be a FB or just a force on special teams.

Round 7 – Stefon Diggs – WR – Maryland – There was not much left in the draft, but Diggs was sitting there and I quickly pounced on him in almost every draft. Diggs can be a return guy right off the bat and has 4.46 speed. He is a good slot WR and was coached by Keenan McCardell so he is well taught and has learned from a quality WR. He will need some more help when it comes to route running. He did have a suspension for the fight with Penn State when he bumped an official. He has the toughness as he played through a lacerated kidney.

So there it is. I really wanted to get a quality DE, but this is a shallow draft when it comes to pass rushing and decided to offset that gap by getting two guys who could be a rotational pass rusher in Richardson and Luc. I think there are quite a few players that can be had in the UDFA times that will add some value to the team. So sit back and enjoy the draft and next week we will talk about who the Cowboys got and missed on.

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