DC.Com Staff Compiles Its Second 2014 Mock Draft

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IRVING, Texas – The NFL draft is finally starting to round into view at two weeks away, and with it comes another opportunity to predict the Cowboys' picks.

The draft begins on Thursday, May 8, after nearly five months of speculation. The members of the DC.com staff have analyzed enough of the prospects to make their projections and briefly explain their choices.

The names surrounding the Cowboys' No. 16 pick should all be familiar by now, but there's no clear-cut consensus on what Dallas should do with its first pick – located right in the middle of the first round. That difference of opinion is perfectly illustrated in this week's mocks, as all five writers selected a different first round choice.

Here is the second batch of full mock drafts from Bryan Broaddus, Nick Eatman, Rowan Kavner, Ed Cahill and David Helman. Click here to see their first mocks of 2014.

  Bryan
David
Ed
Nick
Rowan
Round 1
16
Aaron
Donald
DT - Pittsburgh

Timmy
Jernigan
DT - Florida State
Timmy
Jernigan
DT - Florida State
Anthony
Barr
DE - UCLA
Kony
Ealy
DE - Missouri
Round 2
47
Ra'Shede
Hageman
DT - Minnesota
Scott
Crichton
DE - Oregon State

Kony
Ealy
DT - Missouri
Deone
Bucannon
S - Washington State
Dominique
Easley
DT - Florida
Round 3
78
Cody
Latimer
WR - Indiana
Terrence *
*
Brooks

S - Towson
Billy
Turner
G - North Dakota State

NO PICK
Trade(Barr)
Telvin
Smith
OLB - Florida State

Round 4
119
Aaron
MurrayQB - Georgia
Terrance
West
RB - Towson
Bishop
Sankey
RB - Washington
Donte
Moncrief
WR - Ole Miss
Josh
Huff
WR - Oregon
Round 5
158
Dakota
Dozier
G - Furman
Daniel
McCullers
DT - Tennessee
Josh
Huff
WR - Oregon
Davan
Coleman
DT - Arizona State
David
Fales
QB - San Jose State
Round 7
229
Ken
Bishop
DT - Northern Illinois
Kevin
Norwood
WR - Alabama
Isaiah
Crowell
RB - Alabama State
Kareem
Edwards
G/C - Tennessee State
James
Stone
C - Tennessee
Round 7
231
Michael
Sam
DE - Missouri
J.C.
Copeland
FB - LSU
Chidera
Uzo-Dirbe
DE - Colorado
Garrett
Gilbert
QB - SMU
Brandon
Dixon
CB - NW Missouri St.
Round 7
238
Bashaud
Breeland
CB - Clemson
Denicos
Allen
LB - Michigan State
Kerry
Hyder
DT - Texas Tech
Ethan
Westbrooks
DE - W. Texas A&M
John
Urschel
G - Penn State
Round 7
242
Kirby
Van Der Kamp
P - Iowa State
Specner
Long
G - Nebraska
Andrew
Jackson
ILB - Western Kentucky
Storm
Johnson
RB - UCF
Aaron
Colvin
CB - Oklahoma
Round 7
251
Dezmen
Southward
S - Wisconsin
Ik
Enemkpali
DE - Louisiana Tech
Carrington
Byndom
CB - Texas
Kelvin
Palmer
OT - Baylor
Chris
Whaley
DT - Texas
Round 7
254
Howard
Jones
OLB - Shepherd College
Cassius
Marsh
DE - UCLA
Steven
Clark
P - Auburn
Kiero
Small
FB - Arkansas
Cornelius
Lucas
OT - Kansas State
 




 

Bryan: I had a chance right off the bat to draft Manziel and didn't do it, but I am sure they would consider it. Hageman should be gone late one or early two, so will Latimer. In the 4th - I lost Billy Turner and Will Clarke, which hurt me. I took Murray on value; not sure they would. I like Trai Turner over Dozier but not there, so I made the pick.  I got great value in the 7th with Bishop, Sam, Breeland, Southward. I have a solid leg in camp to now compete with Chris Jones. Howard Jones is going to be a special teams ace if we can teach him how to do it and develop as an outside linebacker.

David: The more I think about it, the more I want to trade the 16th pick. I don't think Aaron Donald or Anthony Barr will be there, which leaves limited options. I decided on Jernigan as the best bet if no one will trade up. Crichton and Brooks look like great values for where I picked them, and they should be able to contribute immediately. I don't think the Cowboys value running back that highly, but if a guy as good as West falls all the way to No. 119, I'd pull the trigger. Kevin Norwood has good speed and better hands, which makes it surprising that he's been so overshadowed in this receiver class. I love Denicos Allen's game film, and I'm sticking with my guy Spencer Long as a diamond in the rough.


Ed: In this scenario I would have the Cowboys trading back in the first to select Timmy Jernigan. We went through this process on The Draft Show and you can see that in the video to the right. This would give the Cowboys two second round picks and allow them to take Kony Ealy as well as one of the top receivers or even some more depth along the defensive line. I might be criticized for going offense in rounds three through four, but the addition of Turner, Sankey, and Huff could give this offense that extra kick it needs. My favorite late round player is still Isaiah Crowell, the running back from Alabama State. There are major character concerns here, but in terms of talent he'd be a steal in the 7th.

Nick:  Not sure this is even within our rules, but I made a trade since I wanted to take Barr. I didn't think he'll be there at 16 but maybe 12-13. So I've made a trade and forfeited a third-round pick. I'm not sold Barr can't play OLB in a 4-3 and then rush the passer on third downs. I just think he's a catalytic player this defense needs. I like Bucannon's measurables and someone that brings toughness to the secondary. Moncrief might not be around this late, but he's another big target with deep speed and Coleman is a guy who can play a lot of positions across the line. With most of these seventh-rounders, the Cowboys will at least save money in having them drive in to the mini-camp.

Rowan: This is almost entirely different than my last go around, just because the likelihood of Aaron Donald being there at 16 isn't very high. I still think the Cowboys find a way to address the defensive line in the first, and Ealy should be there. If safety Jimmie Ward's off the board in the second, taking a chance on Easley's health isn't a bad idea given the disruption he can cause when healthy. Telvin Smith brings a ton of speed off the edge, and Huff's one of my only holdovers from the last mock draft because of what he can do in the slot at receiver. I put a quarterback on the board given the uncertainty with Kyle Orton, and Fales isn't a bad draw if he's there in the fifth. My seventh round features multiple players who slipped due to injury, but could become viable contributors when healthy. 

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