Mock drafts are being updated and reworked frequently, from a number of experts and wannabe’s. Avoid carpal tunnel syndrome, and look here to see what people are predicting the Cowboys to do.
Note: This is simply what writers are saying Dallas will do, I’m leaving my prediction and opinions of what they should do for a later date.
Mel Kiper’s 2.0 mock draft has Dallas taking Chance Warmack, Guard from Alabama. Kiper says,
Make no mistake, he’s a stud, a dominant guard who makes your offensive line better the second he signs his contract…Dallas could certainly use an upgrade at guard, and I don’t think the Cowboys can pass up Warmack at this spot on the board if he’s available.
For the record, Warmack gets a Scouts Inc. grade of 95 (possibly a few percentage points better than Mackenzie Bernadeau), with his best overall trait being his lack of injury–hasn’t missed a start in 2 full seasons. He grades out as “exceptional” in run blocking, awareness, and toughness.
Regarding his run blocking, Scouts Inc says
Consistently does a good job with his first step to get quality initial positioning. Has a strong lower body and a powerful upper body. Can jar defender initially but also has the leg drive and tenacity to sustain and generate a surge. Tough, thick and smart run blocker. Impressive initial quickness and mobility when getting out on pulls. Takes solid angles. Good balance in space. Consistently shows ability to hit moving target on second level.
Think DeMarco Murray could make use of that?
His weakness? Pass Protection. Only graded as “above average”. For comparison, ESPN was unable to publish the adjectives used by Scouts to describe the Cowboys’ guards last season (ESPN is owned by Disney, after all), so he would still be an instant and major upgrade.
Todd McShay, Kiper’s nemesis has a different prediction. Instead of upgrading the interior of the offensive line, McShay thinks that Dallas will use their Thursday night pick to upgrade the inside of the defensive line. Specifically, grabbing Sheldon Richardson who played DT at Missouri.
Richardson fills a top need and is a perfect fit as 3-technique in the 4-3 scheme of new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. He lacks ideal size and strength, but Richardson has elite first-step quickness, change-of-direction skills and range to penetrate and disrupt plays.
I’m not sure how I would handle “elite” being used in the same sentence as a Dallas defensive lineman, but I could probably get used to it.
On paper, Richardson is not as amazing of a talent as Warmack. Lots of average and below average being thrown around in his evaluation by Scouts Inc. (so this sounds like a prototypical Jerry Jones draft pick). The high point is his quickness:
Quick first step, and then second and third steps are even quicker. Consistently penetrates when working as a one-gap defender. Has very good range when slanting and twisting. Consistently wins the get-off battle. Shows ability to change directions quickly. Still learning how to use hands but shows above average hand quickness.
You can’t go wrong with quickness on the defensive line, but I’m not sure if he would be a major upgrade for teams that have existing talent at that position.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network’s scout (that I can stand) has yet another prediction. Jeremiah believes that the Cowboys will take Ezekiel Ansah, DE from BYU. Specifically saying
Ansah had a poor week of practice at the Senior Bowl, but he made up for it with a dominant performance in the game. He is still incredibly raw, but he has the tools to develop into a double-digit sack artist at the next level.
NFL Network compares Ansah to Justin Tuck, but I think we can all agree that Dallas doesn’t need any more projects at a position lacking in depth.
I haven’t seen any historical correct Mock Draft prediction percentages, they’re obviously only guesses. But from these mocks, I think we should all hope that Kiper or McShay have the best guesses.