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2017 Cowboys Mock Draft: 7-Round Pre-Combine Edition

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The start to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine is less than a month away (March 3-6), so I thought it would be a good time to do another 7-round mock draft for the Dallas Cowboys.

The Scouting Combine generally shouldn’t have much of an effect on a player’s draft stock. It is just a way for scouts and general manager’s to get a close-up look at some of the strengths and weaknesses that they might’ve seen from different prospects when studying their game film.

Of course, this is still an important event for all of these players participating. All of these drills are designed to expose each players individual strengths and weaknesses. This event also allows coaches the opportunity to meet with some of these prospects in order to get to know them on a more person level.

It is nearly impossible to predict who the Dallas Cowboys will select in the 2017 NFL Draft come April, especially since we really don’t know what will happen in free agency.

Over the past several years, the Dallas Cowboys have chosen to try and fill as many holes in the roster as possible through free agency. That way they can approach the draft without any glaring needs and stay as true to their draft board as possible. I fully expect the same approach this year.

Keeping all of that in mind, use the arrow tool to see who I drafted for the Dallas Cowboys with each of their 2017 draft picks.

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  • Edward Wigglesworth

    Love it. Like to see DE Jordan Willis or Tanoh Kpassagnon in the mix for the 3rd and 4th rounds. Looks like Dallas has to resign a few of wide receivers, safeties and corners. The draft can’t cover everything.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for the feedback Edward. I agree with you, the draft can’t cover everything. The Cowboys that we have to address some of the holes in the roster through free agency.

  • Corey

    I doubt Jerry will take a TE in the 1st. rd. The Cowboys did that once when they took a supposed great TE from LSU, I think his name was David LeFluer. I guess he was great at LSU, but he was a real stinker in the NFL. I believe he was out of football 3 or 4 years later.
    I think Jerry will address the defensive side of the ball in the first couple of rounds. They have no pass rush to speak of and most of their secondary are free agents. Carr is thinking about retirement, Claiborne can’t stay healthy, and they don’t think they can afford to keep Church.
    I think Jerry will go DL or DB in the 1st. Rd. and then DL or WR in the 2d. and then maybe TE or RB in the later rounds

  • Bret Lewis

    Sorry to change the subject. And I know this is second only to what happens to Romo. But there have been some “tapping the brakes” articles on Jaylon Smith lately. Do you still think he will be back 100%?

    • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

      I don’t think he’ll be back to 100%, but closer than some of these internet Docs would have us believe. I saw all the talk about him wearing an AFO, but I also see him doing drills at full speed without the AFO, indicating he’s made good progress. But time will tell.

    • Brian Martin

      Brett, I agree with Bryson. I’m not sure he will be back to 100%, but the way he is moving in these videos he has been posting definitely looks like he is pretty close. Unfortunately, we’re just going to have to wait and see what he looks like when he is finally able to get back on the field in pads.

  • http://ringsidetosideline.wordpress.com Jason Pruett

    Overall, probably not my preference, but you make a good case. I would personally be against drafting a tight end, even as a BPA selection, in the first. Although I certainly get the appeal of Njoku, it still just feels like too much of a luxury pick. However, I am absolutely right there with you in rounds 2 and 3 with Moreau and Rivers, and in context, I would be much more okay with Njoku if they were the picks that followed. Likewise, I would probably be okay with Dupre in round 4. Not a huge fan, but I think that’s appropriate value and he would fill a potential need. I feel like the late rounds come down to personal flavor, but I think your 6 and 7s were solid choices. Good effort and write-up, Brian.

  • Randy Martin

    I would say this is a workable draft with maybe a question mark or two. I have also done some mocks taking Njoku in the 1st just to see how the rest off the draft might shake out. His ceiling is very high though he still has a way to go before he gets there but most recruits do. I guess it might depend on how they approach free agency with their TE’s and what they internal skinny is at headquarters in Witten beyond 2017. This is a deep draft at TE and I think they can get a good one in later rounds. I know Bryan Broaddus is quite high on Moreau and he does seem to be moving up boards. However still a bit green at CB having been a former RB but maybe has a higher ceiling than others. Needs to play more physical. I like Rivers a lot and would be on board in the 3rd. I’m not sure on Joe Williams but it depends on his answers in interviews as to why he quit the team. Also smaller than I like to see there. But Emmett was only 5’9″ and he was very durable. Just depends on the player. For me though, there are several players I like in later rounds that should be there. Kareem Hunt was one but he has punched his ticket through his senior bowl play to probably round 2 and can solidify that at the combine. But I would rather look at the later rounds at guys like De’Veon Smith, Aaron Jones, James Connor, Marlon Mack. But again it depends on our approach to free agency. I just hope they let Dunbar walk! Lastly on AQM, he does come with some red flags and although it was supposedly self defense, he did break a guys face and did get in trouble over his luxury car rental business, both which resulted in suspensions. He got some splainin to do. But hey in the 7th round might be worth the risk. But all in all not a bad draft at all.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Randy. I kind of liked the way this draft turned out. I kinda doubt the Cowboys would take a TE in the first round, but I wouldn’t be surprised either.

  • Alfredo Martinez

    i want one of those CB in the 2nd round:

    Jordan Lewis, 5-10, 188, CB, Michigan unofficial 4.47 in 40s
    Cameron Sutton, 5-11, 182, CB , Tennessee, unofficial 4.40 in 40s
    Corn Elder, 5-10, 179, CB, Miami, unofficial 4.41 in 40s

    • Brian Martin

      Alfredo, I like all of those CBs as well. The only problem is I think all of those players best position in the NFL is in the slot. The Cowboys really need a bigger CB that can match up with the taller more physical WRs. They don’t currently have that on the roster.

      • James Alipo

        Kevin King has been rising up boards with a great showing at the Combine. In the Cowboys defense that always has safety cover over the top I think King could become a pro bowler. Your take on his fit with the Cowboys? Same thing could be said for Obi… Looks like a stud out there yesterday

        • Brian Martin

          I’ve been a fan of Kevin King for a while. I think it would be a good fit with the Cowboys. Of course, he is going to have to learn to play a little bit more physical for Rod Marinelli.

          • James Alipo

            I agree. It looks like he has the right traits that the Cowboys want in an outside CB, and I think he has the strength to jam the way rob needs his CB too. He could be a really good fit in the 2nd if cowboys go Edge or SS in the 1st. Should still be there at 60 with the deep class of CB. Any other year he’s got a 1st Round grade for sure

          • James Alipo

            He might even be a better pro then Sidney Jones if he lands in the right system. Right now my mock for the Cowboys is
            Round 1 – DE – Derek Barnett
            Round 2 – CB – Kevin King
            Round 3 – TE – Evan Engram
            Round 4 – WR – Fred Ross
            Round 6 – SS – Eddie Jackson

          • Brian Martin

            I like your first two selections, but I’m not high on the rest of the players you drafted. I think taking Fred Ross in the fourth round is too high and to me Evan Engram is a big WR. Eddie Jackson’s lack of physicality and unwillingness to tackle is concerning for me.

  • James Alipo

    I would be ok with it. Replace Njoku with Hassan Riddick or Jabrill Peppers and i would be praying to God for that Draft… ; ) lol

    • Brian Martin

      I
      like Riddick and Peppers, but I don’t know how either player fits in the
      Cowboys 4-3 defensive scheme.

      • James Alipo

        Reddick would fit perfect at SAM OLB that can extend the Edge and Blitz on 3rd Down. The Cowboys defense was designed as a hybrid of the Old Tampa Bay Teams and the Seattle Seahawks 4-3. Reddick would fill that Bruce Irvin Roll and Peppers would fill in the Cam Chancelor Roll. That would open up the defense to maximize Byron Jones abilitys. Splitting outside to cover the X receiver man to man on 3rd Down while Peppers commands CF

  • Corey

    TE never do very well when taken in the 1st. Rd. Dallas tried that back a few years ago on David LaFluer out of LSU. He was pretty good in college, but was a real dud at the pro level, and I think he was out of football within 4 or 5 years. There are too many other needs to fill instead of taking a TE in the 1st. They should look at DL or secondary with the first couple of picks. They should look at RB again since Dunbar is visiting the Rams, and with Elliot doing the stupid crap he is pulling, like pulling a woman’s shirt down in public, what is up with that? He is going to get into a real mess if he doesn’t cool it, and end up suspended. He really needs to grow up and act like a professional football player. There was enough of that kind of crap when Johnny Manziel had his melt down last year, we don’t need it again.

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Sean’s Scout: UTSA’s Marcus Davenport Fills Pass Rush Need for Cowboys

Sean Martin

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Sean's Scout: UTSA's Marcus Davenport Fills Pass Rush Need for Cowboys
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It is not often at all that a team picking 19th overall may be out of range to draft a small school prospect, but this is rightfully the case for the Dallas Cowboys and UTSA’s Marcus Davenport. For scouts who only care about how these prospects can help their NFL teams, Davenport has all of the traits to be an impact defensive end the second he enters the league.

Should the Cowboys find themselves in position to draft Marcus Davenport in the first round, he would fill an immediate need as another pure pass rusher to pair with DeMarcus Lawrence.

Firmly a first round player on my 2018 NFL Draft Board, let’s take a closer look at Davenport’s potential fit in Dallas.

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What is most exciting about Davenport’s projection to the NFL is that he’s an ideal right defensive end prospect that played mostly on the left side in college. That means Davenport is stout against the run as a powerful player who also displays freakish speed, dip, and balance as a quarterback hunter.

“Simply forcing offensive tackles to respect his rare combination of speed and dip allows Marcus Davenport to knock them backwards with hands-above-eyes technique.”

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This quote and accompanying film clip comes from my full scouting report on Marcus Davenport on Slant Sports. There simply aren’t many EDGE prospects at the top of any given draft as complete as Davenport, while still showing elite upside to get even better.

Davenport does not exactly have a plan for each of his rushes, but pointing him at the quarterback on every play from the RDE spot in Dallas could do him nothing but good from day one. This is a player who captures the corner with ease, thanks to his burst and length, doing so with the balance to absolutely punish blockers.

When Marcus Davenport hits someone, they go backwards. This is a great thing to say about any defensive prospect, particularly a pass rusher who can also bend the corner.

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“There simply aren’t many snaps on which he allows a blocker to work inside of his frame.”

The only slight projection that has to be made on Davenport playing defensive end with the Cowboys is his transition from playing mostly in a two-point stance to putting his hand on the ground. This technical change does little to affect a defensive end’s pass rush approach.

The strength Marcus Davenport shows in his hands is absolutely stunning, and equally as impressive is his controlled acceleration ability. These two traits alone are more than enough to expect Davenport to be able to beat left tackles at the next level with consistency, attacking them before they can reach this lengthy prospect.

“Tapping into Davenport’s full potential could be as simple as getting him in the habit of rushing the half man on every rep, but expecting him to do so right away is a projection.”

With Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli notorious for getting the most out of his defensive linemen, there is no question that Dallas is an ideal landing spot for Marcus Davenport to instantly reach his full potential.

The key to unleashing Davenport on the NFL will be teaching the mental aspects of the position to a player who dominated with raw traits in college.

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The Cowboys have some numbers to sort out at defensive end before the draft, as the likes of Charles Tapper and Randy Gregory could potentially give them enough of a presence across from Lawrence to warrant looking elsewhere with the 19th overall pick.

Of course, Dallas also used last year’s first selection on DE Taco Charlton — who took major strides in his game towards the end of 2017.

None of this should deter them from reinforcing their defensive front with another versatile pass rusher.

Marcus Davenport has a legitimate case to come off the board within the first 15 picks of the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft, making him a great value for the Cowboys, slated to pick 19th.

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Cowboys Land Small School WR in Latest PFF Mock Draft

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It’s officially draft season around the NFL, meaning — whether you like it or not — it’s now mock draft season. Pro Football Focus is the latest of the national football media outlets to release a mock draft. Their version of the draft was controversial towards the top, but their pick for the Cowboys was equally intriguing.

PFF has the Cowboys taking Colorado State Wide Receiver Michael Gallup, with the 19th overall pick, a player they graded with a 92.1 in 2017.

“Dallas could go a number of ways here, but they add another receiving threat in Gallup, who can win with speed down the field and toughness at the catch point. He was the nation’s top-graded receiver in 2017 at 92.1 overall, and he adds another weapon for QB Dak Prescott.”

Personally, I’m a huge fan of Michael Gallup. As I stated in my scouting report of Michael Gallup for Slant Sports, I believe he is one of the top-five receivers in the 2018 draft class. Gallup caught 100 passes last season for Colorado State, finishing with 1,413 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns.

At 6’1″ and about 200 pounds, Michael Gallup is the perfect productive Z receiver that any NFL offense would want.

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Gallup is a smart, athletic, and tough wide out, with consistent hands and excellent ball tracking skills. He was incredibly productive in college, and should be able to contribute to an NFL offense right away as a rookie.

Drafting Gallup in the first round, however, may not be the best move.

I think he’s a fantastic day-two option for the Cowboys. But if they were to pass on Vita Vea and Roquan Smith for Michael Gallup, as they did in this PFF mock draft, I don’t think Cowboys Nation would be too happy.

Of course, this is just one of many mock drafts circling around the inter-webs, but Michael Gallup would be a great fit for the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas desperately needs this type of wide out in their offense, but I hope they can get him 50th overall, rather than 19th.

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Cowboys Draft Target: Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds

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Draft season! Draft season! Draft season! Pardon my excitement, but it’s one of my favorite times of the year. We all get the chance to study and speculate about the new crop of rookies coming in and determine their potential fit with NFL teams, and in this case, the Dallas Cowboys.

This draft season, especially, is shaping up to be an exciting one because the Cowboys have clear needs pretty much across the board. That means there is no clear answer as to which direction they will go with any of their draft picks, especially when they’re on the clock at 19 in the first round.

There is of course one draft need that has to be near the top of the list, if not #1 overall.

There can be no arguing the Dallas Cowboys absolutely need to address the linebacker position, especially with Sean Lee’s continued health concerns and Anthony Hitchens‘ potential departure via free agency.

Finding linebacker depth through the draft is a must!

A lot of Cowboys fans have already become enamored with former Georgia Bulldogs LB Roquan Smith, and rightfully so.

Smith will likely be the first linebacker off the board when the 2018 NFL Draft gets underway, which means he won’t be available for the Cowboys at 19.

But don’t be disheartened Cowboys fans, I think there is a linebacker in this draft class who possesses the God-given talent to be even better. Let me introduce you to a linebacker who I believe has Superstar potential.

Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds

Tremaine Edmunds checks all the boxes for an NFL linebacker. He is one of the more intriguing prospects in this entire draft class because of his versatility to play in any scheme. But, most intriguing is he is slated to be the second youngest (19) prospect ever drafted, only Amobi Okoye was younger.

But don’t let his youth fool you; he’s a monster on the field.

Tremaine Edmunds is a natural in so many phases of the game, and it has everything to do with his rare athleticism.

Edmunds has the size of an edge player (6’5″, 250), but the movement/athleticism of the smaller and quicker linebackers we’ve seen become popular around the NFL. To put it simply, he looks like a lion, but moves like a gazelle in the open field with his long strides and flexible hips.

Here’s an example of his loose/flexible hips in coverage.

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This isn’t a play you would typically ask a 6’5″, 250-pound man to make, but Tremaine Edmunds makes it look easy.

On this particular play, Edmunds drops into his hook/curl zone coverage. He then realizes the quarterback has decided to pull the ball down and scramble. He shows excellent field awareness and breaks from his coverage responsibility to make the open field tackle on the QB, despite the referee getting in the way.

This play probably wouldn’t have been possible if Edmunds was unable to flip his hips to change direction in order to make the tackle after covering the tight end. He does this with ease.

What I really like about Tremaine Edmunds is his versatility to play in any kind of defensive front/scheme. But, I personally believe he fits best in a 4-3 scheme, which is why I think he makes an excellent Cowboys draft prospect.

I think he fits best in the 4-3 scheme because of all of the different positions he can play. In the 4-3 scheme, Edmunds could play:

MIKE (middle): He has tremendous gap-shooting ability and play anticipation.
SAM (strong-side): He has the ability to stop the run and still drop into coverage.
EDGE: He has the size, athleticism, flexibility, and explosion.

Tremaine Edmunds played all of these positions while at Virginia Tech, and I think he could even play WILL (weak-side) as well, but that’s something he wasn’t asked to do in college.

But, you don’t have to take my word for it.

Edmunds at MIKE:

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Here you see Tremaine Edmunds playing the MIKE LB position. He quickly reads and diagnoses the play, shooting the gap to make the tackle for a loss on third down.

It’s an excellent play and shows the God-given talent he was born with. You can’t teach those kind of instincts.

Edmunds at SAM:

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On this particular play, Edmunds is lined up at the SAM LB position and has responsibility of covering the running back out of the backfield. Not only does he once again show his loose hips in coverage, but he makes an excellent open-field tackle on third down for a minimal gain to get the defense off the field.

Edmunds at EDGE:

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Tremaine Edmunds was also utilized as an edge rusher, at times, while at Virginia Tech. Here you see him lined up in a two-point stance on the defense’s left side.

At the snap of the ball, you can really see his first-step explosion, natural bend and athleticism.

The TE trying to block him had no chance, and Edmunds probably would have gotten the sack if not for the slight hold and the QB’s ability to get rid of the ball quickly.

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As you can see, Tremaine Edmunds is an intriguing prospect for the Dallas Cowboys, and could probably start right away at the SAM LB position while also providing much-needed depth in other areas.

He’s not a polished prospect by any means, he’s still raw, but I believe he has the upside to be one of the great ones.

If I were to compare him to a current NFL player, I would compare him to either Anthony Barr (Vikings) or Jamie Collins (Browns). Both players have been successful as inside linebackers as well as edge players in the NFL, and that’s what I envision Edmunds will do in his career.

I think Edmunds is going to open a lot of eyes once we get further into the draft process, especially after he puts on a show at the combine. He will likely shoot up draft boards, which means he should be in play for the Dallas Cowboys with the 19th overall selection. I have absolutely zero concerns about taking him there.

What do you think about Tremaine Edmunds as a Cowboys draft prospect?

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