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John’s 7 Round Cowboys Mock Draft, with Trades

With Dez Bryant‘s release, the need for a front-line wide receiver becomes a bit more urgent for the Dallas Cowboys. The 2018 NFL Draft sets up very well for DAL to fill several needs on the offensive and defensive sides of the football. With a lot of depth at positions that the Dallas Cowboys have been looking into, there will be options to move around in this draft that fit what the front office likes to do.

So, here is my new seven-round mock draft, only because the Bryant move made me rethink what I would do.

Using Fanspeak’s On The Clock Premium, I explored what it would look like to trade back in the first round, which is becoming my preference if the first round falls right. After picking up an extra pick or two in a trade back in the first, I’d love to see them move up in the second.

I made probably more trades than they would make, but they all make sense from a trade value chart perspective. 

I used Connor Livesay’s big board from Pro Football Talk Line and set the computer to use multiple big boards, trying to simulate what an NFL Draft actually looks like. Different teams place different value on the players due to their varying evaluations.

Using the running list that KD Drummond has going over at The Cowboys Wire, I made an effort to select players the Dallas Cowboys have met with in some capacity.

Round 1: James Daniels, G/C, Iowa

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Five quarterbacks went in the first 18 selections, which is the best case scenario for the Dallas Cowboys at #19. I’ve been very vocal about the idea that Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson will all go before the Dallas Cowboys pick at 19. There are enough quarterback needy teams in the first half of the first round, and some in the back half, that it just makes sense.

The top two guard prospects, Quenton Nelson and Isaiah Wynn, were gone by 19, and Harold Landry went at pick 14 to the Green Bay Packers.

The New England Patriots came ‘a callin’ with #23 and their third rounder (#95) to move up to 19. It’s not as good as adding a second rounder, but I didn’t want to fall back too far and miss out on who I eventually picked for the Dallas Cowboys.

Iowa guard James Daniels.

He’s a player that will fit what the Cowboys want to do with their zone blocking scheme. He has the mobility to get to the outside and to the second level. He completes the Dallas offensive line and allows them to continue being the physical run-first football team that they’ve morphed into over the last three or four years.

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Maryland WR DJ Moore

Round 2: DJ Moore, WR, Maryland

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Maryland Wide Receiver DJ Moore slipped to the top of the second round, so I made a move up from 50 to get him.

In order to do so, I had to give up pick 50, New England’s pick at the back-end of the third round (95), and pick 192 to equal 534 points. That is about equal to the first of Indianapolis’ two second round picks at pick 36 (540 points).

Moore is a good route runner with quickness and speed to make big plays happen. Was very productive at Maryland and has received comparisons to Minnesota Vikings’ Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs.

We still have our third rounder to work with and now have filled the two biggest needs on the offensive side of the ball with players who could be day-one starters.

Round 3: Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa

Heading into round three, I’m feeling really good about the draft so far. Obviously there are still some needs to address, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

Got an offer from the Carolina Panthers to move back from 81 to 85, while also adding their fifth round pick, number 161.

After making the trade, the time came to address the linebacker position and Josey Jewell is the best one available at this point. Also the best available player at a position where the Dallas Cowboys have a hole.

The Cowboys coaching staff loves linebackers from the Big 10. See Anthony Hitchens, Damien Wilson, and Sean Lee.

Josey Jewell is someone who can come in and rotate with Jaylon Smith at the MIKE linebacker spot right away. He isn’t fast (4.8 40) but he has the quickness to be a pretty good linebacker at the NFL level. He will need to work on his coverage ability. He can help on special teams right away as well.

*After the trade back, we are armed with two fourths, two fifths, two sixths and a seventh. 

Round 4: Tarvarius Moore, S, Southern Mississippi

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When our pick came up at up at #116 we had some trade-back offers, but Tarvarius Moore, who excited the masses with his Pro-Day 4.32 40-yard dash, was still available. That speed and his true free safety ability couldn’t be passed on any longer.

He makes a great addition to the safety rotation and can potentially be “the guy” at free safety. He’ll have value immediately as a special teams gunner with his speed and could compete to be the full-time free safety right away.

Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State

The other player I considered was Penn State TE Mike Gesicki. It’s time for this team to begin looking at life without Jason Witten and Gesicki has some impressive athletic ability.

According to PlayerProfiler.com, he was no worse than the 95th percentile in any measurable and compares favorably to Vernon Davis — hopefully without some of the headaches. 

To get him, I sent both of our fifth round picks to Detroit to make the pick.

I traded pick 137 to the Seattle Seahawks for picks 141 and 168, though it was awfully tempting to stay there and take Nyheim Hines.

Nyheim Hines
N.C. State RB Nyheim Hines

Round 5: Nyheim Hines, RB, North Carolina State

National 30 Visit

Was able to pick up an extra fifth, move back and get a player who can contribute offensively and on special teams right away, Nyheim Hines. A dynamic pass catcher, Hines would be an excellent change of pace back to Ezekiel Elliott and Rod Smith.

He rushed for more than 1,100 yards and scored 12 touchdowns in 2017 at NC State, so he could be more Darren Sproles-like as a runner and receiver than anything they have on the roster at the moment.

Breeland Speaks, DT, Ole Miss

National 30 Visit

Attempting to add some depth with promise along the defensive line, Breeland Speaks is a nice addition who could fill some of the Tyrone Crawford role if he sticks. He can take some running-down snaps at defensive end or move inside and play some 3T defensive tackle for you as well.

Here’s what NDTScouting.com’s Jonah Tuls had to say about Speaks.

“I have a feeling Breeland Speaks will get drafted higher than he should because of his athletic traits and tools as a pass rusher, but his experience is mostly as a two-gap defensive end who is relatively unproven and underdeveloped with his plan of attack. Comparison: Jonathan Babineaux.”

Jonah Tuls – NDTScouting.com

Round 6: Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia

Part of the National Championship winning Georgia Bulldogs, the Dallas Cowboys like getting players from the Power 5 conferences and players who have good motors. Thompson has that.

Here’s what Connor Livesay from ProFootballTalkline.com had to say about Thompson.

“Trenton Thompson was built in a lab, and passes the eye test with ease. At 6-foot-4 297lbs, Thompson has extremely good size and matches that with a fluid lower half that allows him to move well laterally and vertically. Has very heavy hands and you can see that from the tape when he strikes offensive lineman. Unfortunately, injuries and inconsistent play plagued Thompson’s career, but he can be a quality three-technique in the NFL if he’s able to stay healthy and hungry.”

Connor Livesay – ProFootballTalkLine.com

208 – Leon Jacobs, LB, Wisconsin

Another linebacker from the Big 10 who can be competition for Damien Wilson on the strongside, but also has some weakside EDGE potential for you as well.

“The thing with Leon Jacobs is that he may be scheme specific to just a 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker who can drop if asked, but rush with a blend of speed and power as well. He is incredibly raw and will take time to develop mental processing, however. Comparison: Aaron Curry”

Jonah Tuls – NDTScouting.com

Round 7: 236 – Dimitri Flowers, FB, Oklahoma

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Yes, they signed Jamize Olawale in free agency, but that shouldn’t prevent them from drafting one of the better chess pieces in the 2018 NFL Draft. I outlined my affection for Dimitri Flowers in last week’s edition of my mock draft.

Dimitri Flowers is a pet cat of mine that I think could be a dynamic weapon for the Dallas Cowboys offense. He can run, catch, and block. He can lineup in the backfield, in-line as a tight end, or in the slot as a receiver.

If you watch his tape, you see him catching passes over the middle, down the seem, and along the sideline.

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While I don’t expect that this is the way the draft is going to unfold, I do think trading back in the first and then up in the second is going to be the best option for the Dallas Cowboys to get the guard, wide receiver, and/or linebacker they need in the first two rounds.

Take it easy on me in the comment section. Thanks for reading.

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John Williams

Written by John Williams

Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.

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