Dallas Cowboys (almost) final 7-round mock draft: Wheeling and dealing

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Round One – TRADE – Kenyon Green – Guard – Texas A&M

I wanted to go wide receiver here, but knowing how high the Dallas Cowboys are on Green, he was the pick that made the most sense. The nice thing is there was a trade here and I was able to pick up a third from Tampa Bay and still get Green.

Green is exactly what the Cowboys currently do not have on the roster, a starting-caliber left guard. The worry is there may not be an outside caliber wide receiver in the second round, but with BPA and needs, Green makes sense.

Watching Green the very first thing noticed is his strength in both his upper and lower body. Green has the power to hold up against even the most powerful interior linemen most of the time. He explodes out of his stance quickly and keeps his base low. He mirrors linemen well and with good hand placement is almost as good in pass protection as he is in run blocking. He has the agility and speed to get to the second level and react to twists and stunts.

The only small hitches with Green is at times he will take some questionable angles into the second level and not seal someone off. The other small hitch is he can be over-aggressive at times which can cause him to lose his balance. Both are small tweaks to his game and neither are glaring issues.