FRISCO, Texas –The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away as the Cowboys continue their draft meetings and finalize their preparation for the April 26-28 event here at AT&T Stadium.
The writers of DallasCowboys.com have completed their second of three personalized mock drafts for all seven Cowboys picks, including No. 19 overall.
Below are the predictions and analysis from Bryan Broaddus, David Helman, Rob Phillips and Nick Eatman:
WR, Colorado St.
S, Virginia Tech
RB, NC State
S, So. Miss
RB, Southern Miss
CB, Kansas State
RB, NC State
G, Wash. State
TE, Cent. Mich.
RB, So. Miss
DT, Sam Houston St.
TE, Ohio State
David's 2-Cent Draft:
|1 (19)||D.J. Moore||WR||Alabama|
|2 (18)||[Josey Jewel](/node/455681)||LB||Iowa|
|3 (17)||Terrell Edmunds S||S||Virginia Tech|
|4 (16)||Ito Smith||RB||Southern Mississippi|
|4 (37)||Scott Quessenberry||OL||UCLA|
|5 (34)||Micah Kiser||LB||Virginia|
|6 (19)||Poona Ford||DT||Texas|
|6 (36)||Arrion Springs||CB||Oregon|
|6 (34)||Logan Woodside||QB||Toledo|
|7 (18)||Marcus Baugh||TE||Ohio State|
If I had to bet on it, I still think a linebacker is going to be the 19th overall pick. But with two weeks until the draft, I wanted to take a look at what an offensive draft would look like. One way or another, the Cowboys need to address the future of their receiver corps, and D.J. Moore would give them a physical and versatile playmaker. Linebacker is still a huge need, and I think Jewell is a readymade contributor at middle linebacker. From there, I'm strictly filling needs. Edmunds would fill out the safety depth chart and could potentially compete for playing time. The Cowboys need a third running back who can fill the third down role, and Smith can do that. Quessenberry can provide depth to the interior offensive line, while Kiser and Ford can do the same for their respective units. Like I said last time, I expect the Cowboys to pick up a developmental quarterback, and drafting Woodside would prevent them from getting into a free agency bidding war.
Nick's 2-Cent Draft:
|1 (19)||[Courtland Sutton](/node/455401)||WR||SMU|
|2 (18)||[Malik Jefferson](/node/456591)||LB||Texas|
|3 (17)||Nyheim Hines||RB||NC State|
|4 (16)||D.J. Reed||CB||Kansas State|
|4 (37)||[Ian Thomas](/node/454031)||TE||Indiana|
|5 (34)||Joseph Noteboom||T||TCU|
|6 (19)||Trayvon Henderson||S||Hawaii|
|6 (36)||Tejan Koromo||BYU||BYU|
|6 (34)||P.J. Hall||DT||Sam Houston State|
|7 (18)||Matt Linehan||QB||Idaho|
After having Payne in the last mock, I'll switch to Sutton because I think he's probably similar in what Dez Bryant brought to the team. Sutton has the big frame and catch ability in the red zone. He's not as explosive, to me, but he can still get this team over the hump. I'll stick with Jefferson, Hines and Thomas, although I moved the first two up a round. Hines is so dynamic, as his Thomas at his position. This might be a little more of an offensive draft than the Cowboys are willing to go. Don't be surprised to see Linehan on this team, either drafted or as a free agent. He should be able to know his dad's offense rather quickly.
Bryan's 2-Cent Draft:
|1 (19)||Calvin Ridley||WR||Alabama|
|2 (18)||[**Josey Jewel**](/node/455681)||LB||Iowa|
|3 (17)||Tarvarius Moore||S||Southern Mississippi|
|4 (16)||Mike White||QB||Washington State|
|4 (37)||Cole Madison||G||West Virginia|
|5 (34)||Breeland Speaks||DT||Mississippi|
|6 (19)||Ito Smith||RB||Southern Mississippi|
|6 (36)||Kenny Young||LB||UCLA|
|6 (34||Tejan Koroma||C/G||BYU|
|7 (18)||Justin Lawler||DE||SMU|
Even with all the Dez Bryant news, the front office still visited both Calvin Ridley, DJ Moore and James Washington as part of their 30 Visits. They have also worked out Courtland Sutton and DJ Chark. Plus they've signed Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson. There is clearly something up here. If the Cowboys want Ridley they will have to worry about the Ravens and Seahawks ahead of them. Ravens taking the player or Seahawks trading out of the pick. I love Jewel as a player. He's a tackling machine as a MIKE. His playing speed is better than timed so this is a gamble on my part. They might not like him as much as I do. Taravius Moore is a true free safety that plays with outstanding range. They took a gamble on a quarterback three years ago in the 4th round - - Mike White should be talked about more. Cole Madison played tackle at Washington State but looks to be a better fit inside. Like how he plays on his feet. Breeland Speaks tape in 2016 was better than 2017. When he keeps his pad level down he can be hard to block. Ito Smith is a better Lance Dunbar but will need to improve his pass blocking. Kenny Young is a physical linebacker that runs well. Tejan Koromo is short but powerful. Justin Lawler is a local kid that has some pass rush ability off the edge.
Rob's 2-Cent Draft:
|1 (19)||[Rashaan Evans](/node/455441)||LB||Alabama|
|2 (18)||[Michael Gallup](/node/454461)||WR||Colorado St.|
|3 (17)||Braden Smith||G||Auburn|
|4 (16)||Nyheim Hines||RB||NC State|
|4 (37)||Rashaan Gaulden||S||Tennessee|
|5 (34)||Tyler Conklin||TE||Central Michigan|
|6 (19)||Eddy Wilson||DT||Purdue|
|6 (36)||Riley Ferguson||QB||Memphis|
|6 (34)||[Tre' Williams](/node/454981)||LB||Auburn|
|7 (18)||Christian DiLauro||T||Illinois|
The Cowboys still need linebacker depth, even with the Joe Thomas signing and Jaylon Smith's continued progression. I went with Vander Esch in my first mock, but who knows, maybe this is finally the year the Cowboys take a high pick on a Bama star. Evans is a big-time talent with range to run and make plays in a 4-3 scheme like Dallas' system. The Cowboys have taken a closer look at some of the top receivers in this class, and Gallup has a nice combination of frame and speed for the next level. 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. Hines and Conklin would add more options for Dak Prescott in the passing game, and Gaulden is a versatile safety/corner prospect who played against top college competition. At the combine, Jerry Jones said the Cowboys would prefer to find another young backup quarterback over bringing in a veteran, and although they like Cooper Rush as Prescott's primary reserve, maybe they take a flier in later rounds on someone like Ferguson, who has a big arm and put up big numbers at Memphis.