FRISCO, Texas -- The NFL Draft is less than a week away as the Cowboys continue their draft meetings and finalize their preparation for the April 27-29 event.
With only a few days left, the writers of DallasCowboys.com have completed an updated personalized mock draft for all seven Cowboys picks, including No. 28 overall.
Below are the predictions and analysis from Bryan Broaddus, David Helman, Rob Phillips and Nick Eatman:
|Round 1 28||Malik McDowell DE, Michigan St.||Gareon Conley CB, Ohio State||Takkarist McKinley DE, UCLA||Kevin King CB, Washington|
|Round 2 60||Desmond King CB/S, Iowa||Tarell Basham DE, Ohio||Cordrea Tankersley CB, Clemson||Takkarist McKinley DE, UCLA|
|Round 3 92||Shaquill Griffin CB, Central Florida||Josh Jones S, N. Carolina St.||Delano Hill S, Michigan||D'Onta Foreman RB, Texas|
|Round 4 133||Julie'n Davenport OT, Bucknell||Jamaal Williams RB, BYU||Blair Brown LB, Ohio||Xavier Woods S, Louisiana Tech|
|Round 6 211||Stacy Coley WR, Miami||Treston Decoud CB, Oregon St.||Jehu Chesson WR, Michigan||Ishmael Zamora WR, Baylor|
|Round 7 228||CJ Beathard QB, Iowa||Sam Tevi OT, Utah||Elijah McGuire RB, Louisiana-Lafayette||Ezra Robinson CB, Tennessee St.|
|Round 7 246||Chunky Clements DT, Illinois||Devonte Fields DE, Louisville||Charles Walker DT, Oklahoma||Alex Torgersen QB, Penn|
Bryan’s Analysis: With a week before the 2017 NFL Draft and the likelihood of having to do one final mock – I present my Big 10 version. I like this draft for a couple of reasons. I am getting the sense that there is a growing love for McDowell in the room among the coaches and scouts despite some concerns about his motor. The question will be did McDowell do enough in his one-on-one meetings with Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones but more importantly – Jason Garrett to convince him that he’s the right kind of guy? McDowell is one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft due to his ability. When “on” he can take over games. Desmond King wasn’t a pre-draft visit and that’s my only concern. He is one of the toughest players in the draft that has the potential to play either corner or safety and be very good at it. Shaquill Griffin has the speed and quickness to carry receivers at all levels and can make tackles in space. Julie’n Davenport would be your 53rd man on the roster and likely inactive each week -- but that shouldn’t stop you from taking him due to his potential development. Here recently the Cowboys haven’t had success taking those small school kids and having them work out like they did in the 1990’s. But they have a chance for a big hit here if Davenport works out. Stacy Coley is quick, fast and smooth. He has ideal size at 6-0 and can snatch the ball on the move. There is a chance that C.J. Beathard won’t be there in the seventh round, but if he is – I’d pull the trigger here. The staff worked him out and liked what they saw. Chunky Clements can play as a one or three-technique, but I wish he had a little more burst to finish. His head coach was Lovie Smith -- who I am sure put in a good word for the kid with Rod Marinelli.
David’s Analysis: I think this is all going to come down to a discussion of need against depth. The Cowboys would prefer to draft a pass rusher No. 28 overall, but pass rushers tend to fly off the board. Would you rather have a second-tier pass rusher or a top-tier cornerback? I opt for corner, as Gareon Conley has great size and some serious upside. Having missed on my pass rusher in the first round, I’m hoping and praying that someone I like falls to No. 60 – in this case, a four-year player in Tarell Basham. Josh Jones could use some work in his coverage, but he is a fantastic tackler – which sounds a lot like the free agent safeties the Cowboys lost in March. Williams isn’t going to blow you away with his meausrables, but he’s a sturdy and talented all-around running back. I love the idea of him serving as Ezekiel Elliott’s insurance policy for four years. The rest of these guys are shots in the dark. Decoud has an intriguing 6-2 frame. Tevi and Fields are local prospects, so it stands to reason the Cowboys have a good read on them. Both players have potential this coaching staff could tap into.
Rob’s Analysis: I’m keeping the top four picks consistent with my Version 1 mock, and there’s a consistent theme: defense, defense, defense. McKinley’s March shoulder surgery could cause him to slip in the first round, and if he’s there at 28 he might be the best pass rusher left. With a 4-6 month timetable, he might have to sit out training camp – but there’s no indication that the injury would jeopardize his rookie year. Tankersley has an ideal frame to help against this division’s tall, productive receivers. Brown might have a little Anthony Hitchens to his game; he’s not the biggest linebacker, but he has a nose for the ball. McGuire presents a versatile receiving element at running back. I added a wide receiver to this mock; Chesson has the skills to develop with time.
Nick’s Analysis: We’ve seen weird things happen before. I think McKinley falls into the second round, maybe not all the way to 60 but close enough for the Cowboys to move around and get him. He’d be risky at No. 28 because he’s not going to be ready for camp, but less of a risk in the second round. Remember this, Maliek Collins missed all of the offseason and camp and had a great rookie year. As for the first pick, King would be ideal if he lands to the Cowboys, but if not, there’s a few cornerbacks in that range that could help them. I like Foreman because of his running style and it’d complement Zeke. Woods gives them depth at safety and Zamora has some freakish qualities. He’s had some immature moments and his still rather raw as a receiver, but if he pulls it all together, he could be a beast. Torgersen should be appealing to another former Ivy League quarterback that happens to have a big influence in the draft. The fact that he threw seven interceptions the last two years is impressive for any league.