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Cowboys Mock Draft: 5 Different Simulators, 5 Different Outcomes

Different mock draft simulators, different outcomes for the Dallas Cowboys.

Hello Cowboys Nation! I thought we’d have some fun before free agency officially kicks off in a couple of days (March 17) and look at the different mock draft simulators available online. Different player rankings mean different results for the Dallas Cowboys.

For this exercise I used the mock draft simulators from Draft Network, Pro Football Network, Pro Football Focus, Fanspeak, and NFL Mock Draft Database. I chose to draft for the Dallas Cowboys based on their current draft picks (no trades) and tried to focus on the best player available (BPA) with team needs in mind.

Before we get started I think it’s important that you know Caleb Farley and Patrick Surtain II were both drafted before they made it to the Dallas Cowboys in all but one of the mock drafts. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how things turned out.

PFN TDN PFF Fanspeak NFL MDD
1.10 CB Caleb Farley TE Kyle Pitts WR Jaylen Waddle CB Jaycee Horn WR Jaylen Waddle
2.44 DE Jayson Oweh S Trevon Moehrig CB Greg Newsome II S Trevon Moehrig DT Daviyon Nixon
3.75 LB Jamin Davis CB Paulson Adebo DT Levi Onwuzurike OT Dillon Radunz CB Kelvin Joseph
3.99 OT James Hudson DT Alim McNeill OT D’Ante Smith DT Alim McNeill LB Cameron McGrone
4.115 DT Marvin Wilson DE Patrick Jones II DE Patrick Jones II DE Patrick Jones II OT D’Ante Smith
4.138 S Caden Sterns OT Walker Little C Josh Myers LB Pete Werner CB Keith Taylor Jr.
5.178 OL Robert Hainsey CB Kary Vincent Jr. S Caden Sterns OL Robert Hainsey S James Wiggins
6.191 WR Anthony Schwartz LB Justin Hilliard LB Tony Fields II LB Cameron McGrone DE Ade Ogundeji
6.225 DB Tre Norwood WR Jaelon Darden CB Keith Taylor Jr. WR Cornell Powell QB Sam Ehlinger
7.236 CB Olaijah Griffin DB Tre Norwood S/LB JaCoby Stevens DB Tre Norwood S Divine Deablo

Pro Football Network

In the PFN mock draft the Dallas Cowboys are getting a starting CB (Caleb Farley), a freakishly athletic DE prospect (Jayson Oweh), a versatile LB (Jamin Davis), and Tyron Smith’s eventual replacement (James Hudson) with their four picks in the Top 100.

In the middle rounds they add some much-needed depth at DT (Marvin Wilson), a potential starting FS (Caden Sterns), and a versatile OL (Robert Hainsey) who opened a lot of eyes at the Senior Bowl by performing well at tackle, guard, and center.

With the last three picks the Cowboys get a speed demon slot WR (Anthony Schwartz), a versatile DB (Tre Norwood) who played outside CB, in the slot, and FS at Oklahoma, and another developmental outside CB (Olaijah Griffin).

The Draft Network

The top CBs went early in the TDN mock draft, leaving Kyle Pitts as the BPA available for the Dallas Cowboys. Whether it’s at WR or TE he’s a mismatch problem for opposing defenses. With their next three picks in the Top 100 they and their starting FS (Trevon Moehrig), a starting caliber CB (Paulson Adebo), and a potential starting 1-tech (Alim McNeill).

In the middle rounds the Cowboys add a DE who is as equally good against the run as he is as a pass rusher (Patrick Jones II), a backup OT with starting potential (Walker Little), and a slot CB with FS experience (Kary Vincent Jr.).

With the last three picks Dallas adds a special teams ace and a starting caliber SAM LB (Justin Hilliard), a speedy/shifty slot WR (Jaelon Darden), and again a versatile defensive back who played outside CB, in the slot, and FS at Oklahoma (Tre Norwood).

Pro Football Focus

With the Dallas Cowboys four picks in the Top 100 they land a Tyreek Hill type of playmaker in WR Jaylen Waddle, one of my favorite CBs in the 2021 draft class in Greg Newsome II, a versatile DT in Levi Onwuzurike, and a Tyron Smith insurance policy in D’Ante Smith.

With their next three picks in the middle rounds they again add pass rush help in Patrick Jones II, a player to challenge Tyler Biadasz for the starting center job in Josh Myers, and a name you’ve seen before Caden Sterns who I believe could be the starting FS as a rookie.

To close things out Dallas adds a developmental WILL LB in Tony Fields II, a tall/lengthy CB in Keith Taylor Jr. who’s somehow still available, and a S/LB hybrid who provides depth at both positions in JaCoby Stevens with their final three picks.

Fanspeak

Jaycee Horn, Trevon Moehrig, Dillon Radunz, and Alim McNeill would be my dream come true for the Dallas Cowboys with their first four picks in the Top 100. That would give them their starting CB, FS, and maybe even DT as well as a potential replacement/insurance policy for Tyron Smith.

With their next three draft picks I have them once again adding Patrick Jones II (obviously one of my favorites) for more DE depth. Pete Werner provides much-needed depth at LB as either a MLB or SAM and Robert Hainsey’s versatility to play anywhere on the OL could be invaluable.

Somehow Cameron McGrone is still on the board this late in the draft and I couldn’t pass up on him with the first of the Cowboys sixth-round picks. Cornell Powell was an intriguing slot WR who I believe his best football is ahead of him. And, the versatile Tre Norwood who by now you know.

NFL Mock Draft Database

Jaylen Waddle was once again the BPA for the Dallas Cowboys with the 10th overall pick. To follow that up Daviyon Nixon is a potential starting DT and the same could be said for Kelvin Joseph at CB. Cameron McGrone adds much-needed LB depth and could could be the future of the position.

D’Ante Smith’s name once again pops up for OT depth and a potential replacement for Tyron Smith. Keith Taylor Jr. is another tall/lengthy CB who fits Dan Quinn’s system and S James Wiggins could possibly be be the steal of the draft if he can overcome his injury history.

Ade Ogundeji is an intriguing long armed DE prospect who has starting potential with more time to develop. I couldn’t pass up on Sam Ehlinger whose game/leadership reminds me of Dak’s. And, Divine Deablo is an interesting developmental safety prospect with the upside.

Which of the five mock drafts do you like best for the Dallas Cowboys?

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Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. Given that I’d be happy with a trade down from #10-#15 (w/NE) and then taking Moehler at #15, I love any scenario where Dallas still gets him in Rd-2! Having said that, I’d have to rank these as (1) Fanspeak, (2) The Draft Network, (3) Pro Football Network. I’m completely dismissing any mock that puts a star on Waddle’s helmet.

  2. The Cowboys under Jerry Jones are going to do something stupid! Like trading down for more damn picks instead of staying at the 10th pick and choosing right players to fill needed positions!

  3. Fanspeak looks good. I don’t see an offensive player in 1st. IMO, we have enough fire power at WR/TE right now, unless there is an another T Hill out there. One position I might dip into, maybe later on, would be RB.

  4. pfn’s draft is the only one that makes sense, i think we’ll take a receiver later in the draft but we already have good receivers, we don’t need someone as good as Jalen Waddle

  5. If Dallas goes and utilizes is cap space appropriately and signs young guys with potential like William Jackson, Tyus Bowser and Sheldon Rankins to shore up major positions of need I think the DFN scenario with Pitts would be best. I love waddle and we’re losing Gallup, but a receiver even if he’s BPA two years in a row is not sound team building. Michael Thomas and Deandre Hopkins were taken in the 2nd round. Tyreek Hill in the 3rd and Antonio Brown in the 6th proving receiver like running back and line backer can be found at a premium after the first. A tight end like Pitts has almost never been scene before. It’d be like passing up on a Travis Kelce.

  6. Just no way to rationalize WR at 10 — We have too many holes and IF Waddle is there the bidding for a 2 – 7 pick trade down would be lucrative and we still get a Jaycee Horn / JOK / OT from USC type pick
    Then get some real talent across rounds 2 – 3 with 5 or 6 picks

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