Mock Draft Friday explores more Cowboys 7-round scenarios - from multiple NFL angles!

In this edition of Mock Draft Friday we explore more full 7-round Dallas Cowboys draft scenarios after the Scouting Combine

This week on Mock Draft Friday we head back to several full-draft scenarios for the Dallas Cowboys. This time around we're looking at specific first-round positions, such as quarterback, defensive line and defensive back, along with best available player and need-based scenarios. As last time, we're using the Fanspeak.com Mock Draft simulator and player rankings furnished by CBSSports.com, updated shortly after the Scouting Combine. As you might expect some things have changed.

Next week we'll return to a full first-round mock.

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

Round 1 (4): QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

Round 2 (34): LB Darron Lee, Ohio State

Round 3 (67): TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas

Round 4 (102): WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

Round 4 (137*): RB Jonathan Williams, Arkansas

Round 6 (192): CB Tavon Young, Temple

Round 6 (212*): CB Daryl Worley, West Virginia

Round 6 (216*): OT Alex Lewis, Nebraska

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

* — compensatory picks

Analysis: The first four rounds offer quite a bit of help, though most of it is on the offensive end. Wentz falls into a situation where he doesn't have to play right away. Henry can learn behind Jason Witten. Shepard can compete with Terrence Williams and Cole Beasley for reps, while Williams would be a nice supplement to Darren McFadden in Year 1. The real probably is the side of the football the Cowboys really need help with — defense — was only addressed with one of their first five picks, though many consider Lee a first-round value and he could shoehorn his way into a role right away. This is one draft where the value at each selection doesn't match up with the team needs.

 

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Scenario 2: DE/DT in First Round, Best Available Player after that

Round 1 (4): DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon

Round 2 (34): RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

Round 3 (67): TE Austin Hooper, Stanford

Round 4 (102): WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

Round 4 (137*): CB Cyrus Jones, Alabama

Round 6 (192): DE D.J. Pettway, Alabama

Round 6 (212*): OLB Antwione Williams, Georgia Southern

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

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

* — compensatory picks

Analysis: I felt this was high for Buckner, but Joey Bosa was already off the board and Buckner was the next-ranked lineman. So Buckner would have to step in and contribute quickly with Randy Gregory's four-game suspension. Elliott was too good to pass up in Round 2, but I don't anticipate he'll drop that far. After Hooper and Shepard, the opportunity presented itself to grab a solid corner (Jones) and defensive end (Pettway) from one of college football's premier programs. The Cowboys put a premium on this type of talent in the middle rounds, trusting the pedigree of a Power 5 conference, even if the talent isn't considered Top 100 overall.  Getting Doughty with the last pick is a nice developmental option. I liked this mock better than the first one.

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

Round 1 (4): S Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

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

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

Round 4 (102): RB Jonathan Williams, Arkansas

Round 4 (137*): TE Nick Vannett, Ohio State

Round 6 (192): CB Tavon Young, Temple

Round 6 (212*): QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford

Round 6 (216*): CB Donte Deayon, Boise State

Round 6 (217*): WR Daniel Braverman, Western Michigan

* — compensatory picks

Analysis: Bringing in Ramsey in Round 1 will make some Cowboys fans happy, and it also serves a purpose as Barry Church enters a contract year. If Smith drops to the second round, the Cowboys should do their due diligence to make sure Smith's injuries won't hurt his long-term viability. Miller would be a project in Round 3, if the Cowboys keep him at receiver. This might be the weakest mock of the bunch, as realistically only Ramsey would make an immediate impact.

 

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Scenario 4: Best Available Player in all rounds

Round 1 (4): QB Jared Goff, Cal

Round 2 (34): CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson

Round 3 (67): G Vadal Alexander, LSU

Round 4 (102): WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

Round 4 (137*): WR Bralon Addison, Oregon

Round 6 (192): RB DeAndre Washington, Texas Tech

Round 6 (212*): CB Donte Deayon, Boise State

Round 6 (216*): DE Anthony Zettel, Penn State

Round 6 (217*): S Jordan Lucas, Penn State

* — compensatory picks

Analysis: Goff fell into the Cowboys' laps and I had to pull the trigger. Alexander is a first-round talent and if he falls there should be no question about selecting a Top 3 cornerback. But that's probably why he won't fall. Vadal Alexander is good depth, but also seems superfluous. Shepard and Addison are a good mid-round 1-2 punch at receiver, and Zettel is a nice value in the late rounds. Still, the defensive line is not addressed by a high pick and the draft skews too much to the offense.  

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

Round 1 (4): OLB Myles Jack, UCLA

Round 2 (34): ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama

Round 3 (67): WR Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh

Round 4 (102): RB Jordan Howard, Indiana

Round 4 (137*): CB D.J. White, Georgia Tech

Round 6 (192): DE D.J. Pettway, Alabama

Round 6 (212*): CB Daryl Worley, West Virginia

Round 6 (216*): S Justin Simmons, Boston College

Round 6 (217*): QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford

* — compensatory picks

Analysis: The first four selections are intriguing. Jack and Ragland could both be starting linebackers, and pairing them with Sean Lee and Rolando McClain would potentially make the linebackers on this team ridiculously good. I've seen Boyd play in person and he could push Devin Street right out of the rotation and potentially push Williams and Beasley for time. Howard is an intriguing back who succeeded at Indiana after transferring from UAB. White has the potential to be solid depth at corner. The rest of the draft supplies the Cowboys with good depth at defensive positions.


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