Cowboys Mock: O'Diggy And Coleman?

IRVING - Could the Cowboys end up with a group of rookies that include a top edge-rusher in this class, a starting running back, a ball-hawking slot cornerback, a potential Pro Bowl returner for special teams, and depth at both offensive and defensive tackle? O'Diggy and Coleman get me started in my Cowboys Mock Draft:



One Man's Cowboys Mock


This is my first official mock draft of the offseason. Some folks select the players that they personally want, regardless of how unlikely or improbable some of the picks might be. For my mock, I put myself in the shoes of Dallas Cowboys bosses Jerry, Stephen and Will McClay. I tried to make each pick as realistic as possible while making sure that they fit the team's scheme and needs.

So, without further ado ...

Round 1 - Pick 27: DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (6'3"/270 lbs) - UCLA

Odighizuwa has the size, power and athleticism you want in an NFL pass rusher. He had 6 sacks in 2014 but was constantly in the backfield disrupting opposing quarterbacks, which is almost as productive as getting sacks. He also had 11.5 tackles for a loss and utilized his length and long arms to bat down 5 passes at the line of scrimmage. Among all defensive linemen at the combine, Odighizuwa had the highest vertical jump (39), the longest broad jump (10'7"), the 2nd fastest 20-yard shuttle (4.19) the 2nd fastest 40-time (4.62), and the 3rd fastest 60-yard shuttle (11.75).

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The main concern with Odighizuwa is his health - he had two separate surgeries on his hip in 2013. Because of this, it's a realistic possibility that we could see him slip to the Cowboys at #27. If that happens and he checks out medically, picking him in the 1st round would be a no-brainer for the Cowboys, despite the addition of Greg Hardy. With Hardy facing a suspension (and what CowboysHQ.com hears about this basically being a one-year rental in concept), the Cowboys will need more capable edge rushers early in the season. A pass-rush rotation of Demarcus Lawrence, Greg Hardy, Jeremy Mincey, Tyrone Crawford and Owamagbe Odighizuwa would be pretty intimidating to opposing offenses.

Start learning how to pronounce this guy's name now, Cowboys fans (Oh-DIGGY-zoo-wuh) because it's a possibility that it'll be on the back of a Cowboys jersey next season. Or you can just call him "O'Diggy."

Round 2 - Pick 60: RB Tevin Coleman (5'11"/206 lbs) - Indiana

Coleman is the one RB in this class who I've heard compared to DeMarco Murray the most. It makes sense because of their similar body types and running styles. Like Murray, Coleman is able to fight for tough yards, he's a reliable receiver out of the backfield and has an outstanding ability to keep his balance and change directions quickly. When it comes to burst and top speed, Coleman has the advantage over Murray - leading the country with 8 rushing TD's of 60+ yards in 2014. However, another trait that Coleman shares with Murray is ball security (or lack thereof) - losing 3 fumbles in 2014.

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Still, the Cowboys could insert Coleman into Murray's place and in theory their running game wouldn't miss a beat. In fact, it would have the potential to be even more dangerous with Coleman's home-run hitting ability, which is something that they didn't have with Murray.

Round 3 - Pick 91: CB Senquez Golson (5'9"/176 lbs) - Ole Miss

Golson is short and undersized. Don't you dare tell him that, though. This guy is like one of those Chihuahuas that acts like it's a Great Dane. Golson doesn't back down from anyone. He makes up for his limited size with toughness and athleticism. He has excellent instincts and reacts to the ball quickly - recording 10 interceptions and 18 defended passes in 2014. A very willing tackler, but not always effective because of his size (or lack thereof). Not someone you can play outside. When he gets paired up with bigger receivers it's an obvious mismatch and QB's will take advantage. There's only so much he can do against WR's who are almost a foot taller than him. However, if the Cowboys were to pick Golson, he would hopefully be able to lock down the slot and would allow Orlando Scandrick to move outside. Golson would also provide the Cowboys with a ball-hawking presence in their secondary, which is something they've been missing.

Round 4 - Pick 124: ILB Ben Heeney (6'0"/231 lbs) - Kansas

Heeney is a bit undersized but is extremely smart, has good instincts/reaction skills and has a non-stop motor. Plays "pissed off'' and would bring attitude to the defense. Can sometimes take aggressive angles when going in for a tackle which causes him to slip off the ball-carrier or miss altogether. However, he still had 127 combined tackles and 12 tackles for a loss in 2014, which shows just how athletic he is. Good run defender and blitzer but can sometimes be a little stiff in coverage. Heeney had the best 20-yard shuttle (4.00) and 60 yard shuttle (11.06) among all LB's at the combine. The closest that any LB has gotten to his 11.06 60-yard shuttle time since 2006 was Von Miller's 11.15 time in 2011. Heeney has the potential to turn into a very special player eventually with the guidance of Rod Marinelli and Matt Eberflus. Will also be a key special teams player in the meantime.

Round 5 - Pick 155: WR Ty Montgomery (6'2"/220 lbs) - Stanford

With the departure of Dwayne Harris, the Cowboys are in need of another returning threat on special teams. Enter Ty Montgomery. Montgomery has returned 3 kickoffs and 2 punts for TD's in his college career while averaging 19.8 yards per punt return and 25.2 yards per kick return. He's also a versatile offensive weapon, scoring 13 receiving TD's and 3 rushing TD's in the last 2 years. Needs work on his route-running, his hands and his ball security.

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Has potential to turn into a very good WR eventually. Until then, he would be an immediate contributor on special teams and would give the Cowboys some depth at the position.

Round 7 - Pick 211: DT Louis Trinca-Pasat (6'1"/290 lbs) - Iowa

Trinca-Pasat doesn't have ideal size or arm length, but he's a "team-first" guy with a high motor. He is very hard-working and committed to perfecting his craft, which is something that Garrett will love. He had 11.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, 3 passes defended and 69 total tackles in 2014. With some tweaking from Rod Marinelli and the defensive coaches, he would provide some solid depth and competition for this defensive line.

Round 7 - Pick 218: OT Corey Robinson (6'7"/324 lbs) - South Carolina

Robinson is a mammoth of a man, standing at 6'7" and weighing over 300 pounds. It's not all just fat either - His 28 bench press reps were among the most for offensive linemen at this year's combine. Uses his long arms to control pass-rushers and moves surprisingly well for his size. Needs some work on his footwork and coordination which could take some time. Still, Robinson would provide the Cowboys with some much needed depth at OT now that Jeremy Parnell is making the big bucks in Jacksonville.

Now this is just one man's view. KD likes the idea of a trade-down. The O'Diggy idea matches the work of Scout.com here. And my admiration for Coleman is mirrored by the very astute Bryan Broaddus. But if the Cowboys end up with this group of rookies, they will come away with one of the top edge-rushers in this class, a starting running back, a ball-hawking slot cornerback, a potential Pro Bowl returner for special teams, and depth at both offensive and defensive tackle. These rookies, along with the team's free-agent signings, would put the Cowboys in good position to contend to repeat as NFC East Champions in 2015 ... which, in this "8-8 league,'' is an admirable goal.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo leads a star-studded parade of NFL players scheduled to attend the first-ever “National Fantasy Football Convention,’’ a hands-on experience for football fans that will include celebrity parties, skills competitions, and most of all, fantasy-football guidance and interaction with more than 100 NFL players.

“Fans have never been closer to the game, and a lot of my buddies already see themselves as an owner or GM,’' says Romo in promotion of the event, scheduled for July 10-12 in Las Vegas. “And now fans finally have the chance to interact with all their favorite players and experts.” Headliner Romo is joined by the Patriots' Rob Gronkowski, the Eagles’ DeMarco Murray, the Packers’ Eddie Lacy and Randall Cobb, the Steelers’ Antonio Brown, the Falcons’ Julio Jones and many others on the list of those scheduled to appear.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of bringing the National Fantasy Football Convention to life,” says Romo.

The National Fantasy Football Convention — a new idea as part of what Forbes magazine says is a $70-billion market with more than 32 million fans as participants — will be held at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Information on the event, billed as "the ultimate weekend experience for passionate fantasy football fans,’’ including fees and other details, can be found at GoNFFC.com or call 214.525.6770.

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