2-Cent Mock: Staff Writers Get Defensive With Final 7-Round Mock

FRISCO, Texas – The NFL Draft finally here. After months and months of speculation, we finally get to find out where these prospects are going to land, including the pick for the Cowboys, who current sit at the No. 19 spot.

With only a few hours left, the writers of DallasCowboys.com have completed an updated personalized mock draft for all 10 Cowboys picks, including their first-round selection, which is expected to be announced Thursday night from AT&T Stadium, assuming they don't make a trade.

Below are the predictions and analysis from Bryan Broaddus, David Helman, Rob Phillips and Nick Eatman:

RD (PK)DAVIDNICKBRYANROB
1 (19)

Rashaan Evans 
LB, Alabama

Marcus Davenport
DE, UTSA
Leighton Vander Esch
LB, Boise State
Rashaan Evans 
LB, Alabama
2 (18)Michael Gallup 
WR, Colorado St.
James Washington 
WR, Oklahoma St.

Tarvarius Moore 
S, So. Miss

Michael Gallup 
WR, Colorado St.

3 (17)

Darius Leonard
LB, S. Carolina St.

Terrell Edmunds 
S, Virginia Tech

James Washington 
WR, Oklahoma St.

Braden Smith 
G, Auburn

4 (16)

Tracy Walker
S, Louisiana-Lafayette

Nyheim Hines 
RB, NC State

Cole Madison
G, Washington State
Foley Fatukasi
DT, Connecticut
4 (37)

Cole Madison 
G, Washington State

 Leon Jacobs
LB/DE Wisconsin

 Breeland Speaks 
DT, Mississippi

Rashaan Gaulden 
S, Tennessee
5 (34)

Poona Ford
DT, Texas

Daurice Fountain
WR, Northern Iowa 

 Kenny Young
LB, UCLA

Mark Walton 
RB, Miami

6 (19) Martez Carter
RB, Grambling State 
Alex Cappa
G/T, Humboldt State 
Chase Litton
QB, Marshall
Troy Fumagalli
TE, Wisconsin
6 (36)Andrew Benkert
QB, Virginia

Andrew Brown 
DT, Virginia

Bilali Nichols 
DT, Delaware
Riley Ferguson
QB, Memphis
6 (34) Kylie Fitts
DE, Utah

Teron Johnson
CB, Weber State 

Will Dissly
TE, Washington

Tre' Williams
LB, Auburn
7 (18)

Marcus Baugh 
TE, Ohio State

Matt Linehan 
QB, Idaho

Justin Lawler 
DE, SMU

Zach Crabtree
T, Okla. State

David's Analysis:

There's a lot of routes the Cowboys could take here, but I'm going to stick by my guns and say linebacker provides significant value at an area of significant need. Rashaan Evans immediately boosts your depth at the position, and he could even be a Day 1 starter at Mike linebacker. Furthermore, assuming Dallas doesn't trade up for a receiver, I could see them doubling down at the position, as a guy like Darius Leonard could help fortify the position for the foreseeable future. Gallup hasn't been heavily linked to the Cowboys, but he could certainly bring youth and route-running ability to the receiver corps. I wouldn't guess that Walker, Madison or Ford are going to be immediate starters, but they'd raise the talent level and the competition at three big positions of need – safety, guard and defensive tackle. He's undersized, but I'm incredibly intrigued by what Martez Carter could add to the offense as a third down back. The last three picks are shots in the dark, but all three players have interesting traits at positions where we know the Cowboys might like to invest a Day 3 pick.

Nick's Analysis:

This might be the most small-school players I've ever put on one draft board. I'm not really sure that I like that, considering the success they've had with bigger-school players of late. Honestly, I really think Vander Esch is more likely to be picked at No. 19. I think Davenport could go a little higher but if something gets crazy, and it's usually because of the quarterbacks that turn the draft upside down, I could see a scenario that has Davenport available. Washington gives them the speed threat they like and don't rule out LSU's D.J. Chark at that spot. Personally, I would like to see them make a move for a veteran safety, which would part ways with a second and/or third-round pick. If they can't land an "ET" maybe they can get a "TE" as in Edmunds from Va. Tech. Hines is still my favorite player in this draft and hopefully he's around in the fourth. After that, we're just trying to fill some holes. The one position that wasn't addressed here is tight end. But this team has done well with either late-round or even undrafted tight ends so I think they can add someone afterwards to fill some needs and compete. I actually watched Linehan throw the ball the other day and I'm not so sure he makes it to the seventh. If so, here is a strong-armed passer who should know his dad's offense rather well.

Bryan's Analysis:

I believe the front office has done a nice job of keeping an open mind about their selection. They've thrown a lot of different names and combinations at that first pick. I am still wondering why they brought in Mike McGlinchey and Kolton Miller? One day, I hope to figure that out. Without moving picks around my gut tells me that they take the linebacker first then wait on the depth of the receivers to make a later selection. My wild card is they like a couple of true free safeties in this draft and can't wait to grab one. This is why I have Moore going in the second because I am not sure that he makes it to the third. I have a feeling that a receiver will be there in the third and James Washington makes a ton of sense. Cole Madison would be a nice fit as a guard and Breeland Speaks tell me he has the ability to help inside. Linebacker is a position that I believe they will double dip so Kenny Young is a run and hit type of player. Chase Litton is physically a large man at 6-5,230. He just flicks the wrist and the ball is gone. Bilali Nichols is disruptive as a defensive tackle and has a knack for creating turnovers. Will Dissly would be perfect for a team that loves to run the ball due to his blocking ability. Justin Lawler's motor never stops going and can "wow" you with his athletic ability.

Rob's Analysis:

I've been consistent with linebacker at the top of the draft, and I still believe it's this team's primary need from a numbers standpoint. Evans is a big-time talent with range to run and make plays in a 4-3 scheme like Dallas' system. It's no secret the Cowboys have taken a closer look at top receiver prospects, and Gallup has a nice combination of frame and speed for the next level. In time he should develop into a productive NFL starter. The Cowboys covered themselves at guard by signing Marcus Martin and re-signing Joe Looney, and they could always move La'el Collins back inside. But for a potential long-term solution, Smith is one of the better guard prospects in the draft who might have some tackle flexibility, too. Fatukasi has potential as a pressure player from the nose tackle spot. Walton and Fumagalli are versatile skill players who would fight for roster spots and snaps on offense. Not sure if the Cowboys will consider a backup quarterback late in this draft, because they like Cooper Rush as Prescott's primary reserve. But maybe they take a flier in the later rounds on someone like Ferguson, who has a big arm and put up big numbers at Memphis.

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