1st round - Pick 4: DE Joey Bosa - Ohio State
Many members of Cowboys Nation have developed an irrational hatred for Joey Bosa. I, like many, don’t see Bosa as an elite NFL pass rusher. That’s not to say that I don’t think he can be good. In fact, I think he can be very good. He’s the type of player that will consistently disrupt the pocket and probably get around 7-9 sacks per season. Is he worth the No. 4 overall pick? Not in my opinion. However, I don’t blame the Cowboys for selecting him if Ramsey is off the board. Bosa had the 2nd best 3-cone drill time among all DL at the combine and also finished in the top 5 in the 20-yard shuttle and the broad jump. He also has 18.5 sacks, 37.5 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU’s and 5 FF’s over the last 2 years at Ohio State.
The Cowboys desperately need pass-rush help. And while relying on a rookie DE to fix that is risky, Bosa still helps round out a very young DE rotation with tons of potential, along with Lawrence, Gregory, Irving, Russell and Mayowa, the Raider-turned-Cowboy who you can read more about here.
2nd round - Pick 34: WR Michael Thomas - Ohio State
That’s right, another Buckeye. For a while now, I’ve envisioned this 2nd round pick as an ideal spot to grab a 1st-round-caliber wide receiver that drops a bit. Michael Thomas is someone who hasn’t gotten much attention from Cowboys fans but he’s someone you should become familiar with. At 6’3” and 212, Thomas is the type of big, strong WR the Cowboys need opposite Dez Bryant. Thomas had the 3rd most bench press reps among all WR’s at the combine and finished in the top 10 in the broad jump, 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. Thomas has 18 TD’s in the last 2 seasons and is a very good route runner with excellent hands. He would be another impressive weapon for Tony Romo in his final years.
The Cowboys coaching staff is visiting Ohio State this week. Michael Thomas is among the reasons why.
3rd round - Pick 67: QB Dak Prescott - Mississippi State
The only repeat from my last mock draft. Dak Prescott is definitely on the Cowboys radar. He’s already met/worked out for them on 3 separate occasions. At Mississippi State in 2015, Prescott finished with a 66.2 completion percentage, 29 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. On top of that, he had 588 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. Dak also has solid measurables for an NFL QB. He’s 6’2”, 226 pounds - 2 inches taller and 20 pounds heavier than Russell Wilson. He also has nice sized hands at 10 7/8 inches. He certainly needs to improve in some areas but he’d be a nice project for the Cowboys to play with for a couple of years and has the physical tools to have success at the next level.
In the meantime, he can duke it out with Kellen Moore and can potentially provide a much needed upgrade at the backup QB position.
None of this is meant to rule out a handful of other QB possibilities. As Fish has noted, Dallas has stayed pretty quiet on Paxton Lynch ... until now, as the Cowboys staff visits him in Orlando today. Read Fish's 1-on-1 with Lynch here on CHQ.
4th round - Pick 101: RB Kelvin Taylor - Florida
In a draft class with several impressive RB’s, Kelvin Taylor - son of Fred Taylor - is a guy that is often overlooked. However, he’d be an excellent fit in the Cowboys zone blocking scheme. Taylor - who had 13 TD’s and just over 1000 yards in 2015 - has outstanding vision and is very good at making guys miss and creating extra yardage. He is tough and a hard worker. With Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris, the Cowboys are in need of a running back with more speed and agility. At the very least, Taylor would be an ideal change of pace back for Dallas but he could also potentially steal the starting job as a rookie - especially in this scheme and behind this offensive line. Getting a potential starter in the 4th round? Yes, please.
And who ends up the starter? Jerry Jones is already stating that it's McFadden. But Fish would like to relay to you the thoughts of the coaching staff in his Premium Cowboys column on how it's Alfred Morris who is the "on-paper first-teamer.'' Good insight here. Hey, nothing against McFadden, but given his inexpensive contract, the potential healthy return of Dunbar and the the idea of drafting a RB, who says McFadden is assured of any spot at all? It's March. "On-paper'' is the way to think of depth charts.
4th round - Pick 135: CB Rashard Robinson - Louisiana State
This pick has “Cowboys" written all over it. A 1st-round talent that slips to the mid rounds due to some character concerns. However, if the Cowboys are confident that they can work with him off the field, he could be a huge asset on the field. Robinson doesn’t have much tape but the tape he does have is extremely impressive. At 6’1” and 171 lbs. Robinson has the build that the Cowboys look for in their CB’s. He’s a long athlete with great speed and athleticism. He has smooth hips and can change direction with ease to stay with shift WR’s. He’s a little skinny but he’s not afraid to tackle and getting physical. If the Cowboys can get him to keep his head on straight, he could be the steal of the entire draft.
What does this mean for another "Robinson,'' the young veteran free-agent corner who apparently had a Dallas agreement, then changed agents, and now is shopping himself beyond the Cowboys (and has signed with the Colts). The Patrick pursuit was about filling a need; the Rashard idea is about where I think he belongs on their board.
6th round - Pick 189: G/C Isaac Seumalo - Oregon State
With Mackenzy Bernadeau signing with the Jaguars and Ron Leary as a restricted free agent, the Cowboys are in need of a versatile interior offensive lineman. They would get just that in Isaac Seumalo, who played at all five positions on the offensive line during his career at Oregon State. Seumalo has ideal size, standing at 6’4” and weighing 303 lbs. Still, he is an extremely smart guy with quick feet and a patient blocker. He has the physical tools to be a solid offensive lineman. One of the more pro-ready offensive linemen in this draft. Could start on many NFL teams which would make him a very valuable backup for the Cowboys' dominant offensive line.
6th round - Pick 212: FS Justin Simmons - Boston College
Justin Simmons has an official visit lined up with the Cowboys. Recent history shows that the majority of Cowboys draft picks visited Valley Ranch beforehand. Simmons is an extremely athletic DB with a high SPARQ score. Simmons had the fastest 40 yard dash among all safeties and 3rd fastest among all DB’s at the combine. He also had the fastest 3-cone drill, 20 yard dash and 60 yard dash among all DB’s. Simmons recorded 5 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles in 2015.
you get to the sixth round, you are really projecting, of course. But ... he could be an ideal backup to Byron Jones at the FS spot and could play a big role on special teams.
6th round - Pick 216: DE Yannick Ngakoue - Maryland
Yet another pre-draft visitor. Ngakoue doesn’t have the length you want out of an edge player but athletic and produced at a high level in college. He recorded 13 sacks, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 1 pass breakup and 1 forced fumble in 2015. He definitely has a lot of areas that need improvement but he could be a nice project for Rod Marinelli to play with and eventually a contributor as a rotational pass rusher.
6th round - Pick 217: ILB Nick Kwiatkoski - West Virginia
The Cowboys have tons of inside linebackers but they can never seem to have enough. Kwiatkoski is an emotional leader with toughness and very good work ethic. He’s a consistent tackler but also makes plenty of plays on the ball, drawing from his experience as a safety. Kwiatkoski had at least 85 tackles in his last 3 years at West Virginia and recorded 11.5 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, 3 interceptions, 5 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble in 2015. He would give the Cowboys a potentially solid backup to Rolando McClain and a big-time producer on special teams.