Cowboys Friday Mock Draft: Feb. 25: Are Goff And Bosa Options At No. 4?

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So this Friday — as I’ll do each Friday leading up to the NFL Draft — I’ll work out my own mock draft. Earlier this week our KD Drummond released his usual Monday mock draft, in which he outlined a scenario in which the Cowboys would trade back with the Chicago Bears to acquire a few more selections.

I’m approaching things a little bit differently. Using the same website that KD uses — Fanspeak.com — I run different scenarios for the entire seven rounds, based on the simulation. I ran five different simulations this week, using certain criteria to make the selections. In most cases best available player — the method the Cowboys say they subscribed to — plays a role. But in the first round of some of the scenarios I focused on a particular position or side of the football, just to see how that influenced the mock draft.

I also used CBSSports.com’s player rankings for these simulations, which follow, along with their own analysis. Be sure to click on the player to read the Scout.com draft profile. In coming weeks I will alternate between these simulations and a full, first-round mock draft.

Scenario 1: QB in First Round, Best Available Player after that

Round 1 (4): QB Jared Goff, California

Round 2 (34): DT Andrew Billings, Baylor

Round 3 (67): WR Braxton Miller, Ohio State

Round 4 (102): PK Roberto Aguayo, Florida State

Round 4 (137*): CB Eric Murray, Minnesota

Round 6 (192): WR Daniel Braverman, Western Michigan

Round 6 (212*): RB Deandre Washington, Texas Tech

Round 6 (216*): TE Tanner McEvoy, Wisconsin

Round 6 (217*): CB Cre’von LeBlanc, Florida Atlantic

* — compensatory picks

Analysis: I’m not arguing with the first three picks. Goff becomes Tony Romo’s successor. Billings moves into an immediate platoon role inside. Miller can be anything the Cowboys want him to be. All were great values when they were selected. Aguayo proves that you can’t be slavish to the Big Board, and he will pop up in the next few scenarios for that reason. The Cowboys missed out on Rashard Higgins with that pick. Murray, Braverman and Washington all represent good value on the draft’s third day. Still, no edge pass rusher and no linebacker means you’re hoping the Cowboys addressed both issues in free agency.

 

Scenario 2: Best defensive player in First Round, Best Available Player after that

Round 1 (4): DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State

Round 2 (34): DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville

Round 3 (67): DT Adolphus Washington, Ohio State

Round 4 (102): PK Roberto Aguayo, Florida State

Round 4 (137*): WR De’Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State

Round 6 (192): DE Ronald Blair, Appalachian State

Round 6 (212*): DE Anthony Zettel, Penn StateRound 6 (216*): ILB Jared Norris, Utah

Round 6 (217*): FB Dan Vitale, Northwestern

* — compensatory picks

Analysis: Going with a defensive player in the first round set off a chain reaction, but a nice one, as the Cowboys load up on the Buckeyes’ two best defensive linemen from a year ago in Bosa and Washington. Some armchair scouts are comparing Rankings to the Rams’ Aaron Donald. Easy there, fellas. We can’t get away from Aguayo, who caused us to miss Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon. Given where they were taken, I think Zettel and Norris represent great value. I think both are capable of playing in the NFL. No quarterback, though. For that matter there was nothing on offense of real value.

 

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Scenario 3: Best offensive player in First Round, Best Available Player after that

Round 1 (4): OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss

Round 2 (34): OLB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

Round 3 (67): TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas

Round 4 (102): PK Roberto Aguayo, Florida State

Round 4 (137*): WR Paul McRoberts, Southeast Missouri State

Round 6 (192): WR Daniel Braverman, Western Michigan

Round 6 (212*): RB Deandre Washington, Texas Tech

Round 6 (216*): CB Daryl Worley, West Virginia

Round 6 (217*): CB Cre’von LeBlanc, Florida Atlantic

* — compensatory picks

Analysis: Taking Tunsil seems superfluous, given the state of the Dallas offensive line. But he was the best available offensive player so the Cowboys add a ready-made starter up front. Smith looks like he has recovered from his knee surgery, given the video of him walking around the Combine. Henry could be the successor to Jason Witten. McRoberts and Braverman give the Cowboys a couple of new offensive toys, while Worley and LeBlanc shore up the secondary. We pass up the quarterback position here, along with the defensive line.

 

Scenario 4: Best available Player, regardless of position

Round 1 (4): DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State

Round 2 (34): DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville

Round 3 (67): WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame

Round 4 (102): PK Roberto Aguayo, Florida State

Round 4 (137*): WR Paul McRoberts, Southeast Missouri State

Round 6 (192): CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minnesota

Round 6 (212*): CB Cre’von LeBlanc, Florida Atlantic

Round 6 (216*): QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford

Round 6 (217*): ILB Jared Norris, Utah

* — compensatory picks

Analysis: Bosa and Rankings shore up the defensive line. Fuller gives the Cowboys an interesting piece in the passing game. Boddy-Calhoun and LeBlanc give the Cowboys options in the secondary and Norris pops up again at linebacker. The wrinkle is Hogan, a quarterback with a solid arm, a winning pedigree at Stanford and a few months to improve his stock. Now, seventh-round quarterbacks rarely make it in the NFL. But someone with Hogan?s credentials might be worth developing for a few years.

 

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Scenario 5: Need-based draft (Top 5 needs: DE, DT, DB, QB, LB)

Round 1 (4): OLB Myles Jack, UCLA

Round 2 (34): DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

Round 3 (67): RB Derrick Henry, Alabama

Round 4 (102): CB D.J. White, Georgia Tech

Round 4 (137*): WR Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State

Round 6 (192): DE Anthony Zettel, Penn State

Round 6 (212*): ILB Nick Kwiatkoski, West Virginia

Round 6 (216*): S Jordan Lucas, Penn State

Round 6 (217*): QB Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky

* — compensatory picks

Analysis: Oddly enough, this is my favorite scenario of the five. Jack could have an instant impact at linebacker. Nkemdiche — assuming his off-field issues this past semester were an aberration — would be a solid piece up front. I wasn?t looking for a running back in the third round, but Henry was just too good to pass up. Those first three players could make an immediate impact. The remaining players, to me, have the talent to play down the line. Doughty, in my mind, is a potential gem, a mid-major player with great skills and high production at the college level. But he needs time to adjust to the pro game, and he would get it behind Romo.

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