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Kevin Brady’s 2017 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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Just one day away from the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, it is officially time for anyone who’s done any type of draft work to release their final mock draft.

Though I have close to no idea what is going to happen Thursday night after the first selection of Myles Garrett, I gave it my best shot to project the first 32 picks. To keep things simple, I stayed away from making trades, though it is unlikely each team will stay put on draft night.

While my first mock draft on Slant Sports was a bit more of a “what would I do” exercise, this is meant more to be a projection of what could happen in the first round.

So, without further adieu, let’s get into the picks.

R1/1 – CLE: Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M

This is pretty much a no-brainer. Myles Garrett is the best EDGE prospect since Jadeveon Clowney to most people, and deserves to go first overall. The Browns will have a chance to move up into the top 10 again to grab their quarterback, but they should still take Garrett first overall.

R1/2 – SF: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

This is where the draft really starts, right? The 49ers can go a lot of directions here, but I think they fall in love with strong safety Jamal Adams. I don’t love drafting a strong safety this high at all, but the 49ers will add a tone-setter to their defense.

R1/3 – CHI: Solomon Thomas, EDGE, Stanford

Salivating because the 49ers passed on Thomas, the Bears jump in and grab him third overall. I’m not “as” high on Thomas as others, but still believe he could be worth the early first round pick. If the pick isn’t Thomas, I’d expect either a quarterback or Ohio State corner Marshon Lattimore to go to Chicago.

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R1/4 – JAC: Deshuan Watson, QB, Clemson

This is where things get a little weird. The Jags need to move on from Blake Bortles sooner rather than later, and I just have a feeling Tom Coughlin really likes Watson’s intangibles. Just a hunch. Plus, I think if any of these quarterbacks are worth a high pick, it’d be Watson.

R1/5 – TEN: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

With the Jaguars passing on some impressive defensive talent to take a quarterback, the Titans get the pick of the litter here fifth overall. Lattimore is a top five player in this class to me, and the Titans pick up a number one corner.

R1/6 – NYJ: Mitchell Trubisky , QB, North Carolina

And with the sixth overall pick, the second quarterback domino falls. Mitchell Trubisky isn’t my favorite QB in this class, but he fits what the Jets front office tends to look for in the draft. While they have other holes, and there are better players on the board, if you don’t have a quarterback what chance do you really have in this league?

R1/7 – LAC: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State

The best safety in this class to me is clearly Malik Hooker. Drafting him the Chargers get SAF1 and DB2 to me in this class, and find a single-high center-fielder for years to come.

R1/8 – CAR: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

Falling to the 8th overall pick, Leonard Fournette finds a home beside Cam Newton in the NFL. The Panthers offense needs to start providing Cam some more help, and Fournette is the power running back to do just that.

R1/9 – CIN: Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee

The two most pressing needs for the Bengals are probably running back and defensive end. Barnett isn’t my favorite EDGE remaining, but he’s the most likely of the bunch to go in the top ten.

R1/10 – BUF: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

The Bills made the smart decision to maintain Tyrod Taylor this offseason, and it’s time to draft him some weaponry to work with. The Bills love ACC players, and Mike Williams is a legit WR1-type.

R1/11 – NO: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

The Saints desperately need secondary help, and Marlon Humphrey might be the next-best corner in this draft class behind Marshon Lattimore. With another pick at the end of the first round, they should be able to address their other defensive needs as well.

R1/12 – CLE: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

The Browns miss out on the two consensus favorites at quarterback, but add two incredible defensive line prospects. Myles Garrett and Jonathan Allen? Sign me up.

R1/13 – ARI: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

The Cardinals have some more needy holes to fill, but I’d love to see Mahomes with Bruce Arians. Give Patrick Mahomes a year to develop and learn, and you could have your next starting quarterback in 2018.

R1/14 – PHI: Charles Harris, EDGE, Missouri

A running back like Christian McCaffery or Dalvin Cook would make sense here, but the Eagles can add an explosive young defensive end to their rotation in Charles Harris.

R1/15 – IND: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

Possibly the best wide-out in this class falls to the Colts here, and Indianapolis gives Andrew Luck the best target he’s ever had.

R1/16 – BAL: John Ross, WR, Washington

Completing a mini-run on first round receivers, the Ravens add speedster John Ross and immediately improve their weak passing game.

R1/17 – WAS: Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State

In my opinion, Malik McDowell would be worthy of the second overall pick in this draft if not for “non-football” reasons. Washington needs some serious defensive line help, and McDowell brings that for sure.

R1/18 – TEN: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

Though they missed out on the top receivers, the Titans give Marcus Mariota a legit offensive weapon in OJ Howard. Howard is deserving of a top ten pick, and the Titans would rejoice if he falls to 18th overall.

R1/19 – TB: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

With both Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffery falling, the Bucs have an incredible opportunity to draft one of the top backs in this class. They decide on Dalvin Cook, and add to an already impressive offensive unit.

R1/20 – DEN: Christian McCaffery, RB, Stanford

The Broncos do need to add some offensive line help, and could take the first tackle off the board. But if McCaffery falls to them, they should draft him. With the way things are going, however, I doubt McCaffery falls this far in real life.

R1/21 – DET: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

The fall of Reuben Foster continues, as the Lions decide to go with Reddick instead of the Alabama stud. Reddick brings versatility and athleticism to a defense which could use both.

R1/22 – MIA: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky

And finally, the first offensive line domino falls. Forrest Lamp is my favorite offensive lineman in this class, and will be a much needed addition to the Dolphins offense who so badly needs guard help.

R1/23 – NYG: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Cam Robinson is the best tackle in this draft class, and the Giants biggest need is at tackle. This makes too much sense. The only other legit option I see for them here would be Miami tight end David Njoku.

R1/24 – OAK: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

The Raiders have a dire need at inside linebacker, and Reuben Foster is the best of this bunch. If not for a diluted drug sample, he’d certainly be a top 15 selection.

R1/25 – HOU: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

The Texans need a quarterback badly, but there isn’t one remaining that makes sense for them in year one. Instead, they work on protecting whoever their QB will be, bringing in arguably the most NFL-ready tackle in the draft.

R1/26 – SEA: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

I don’t know if any team needs offensive line help like the Seahawks do. Garrett Bolles has some position versatility, though he should be a day one tackle for Seattle with a high upside and low floor.

R1/27 – KC: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

The Chiefs already have a solid defensive unit, but could really use some linebacker help. Zach Cunningham would be a good pick as well, but I see Davis as the better prospect.

R1/28 – DAL: Tyus Bowser, EDGE, Houston

Tyus Bowser has been a riser over the last few months, and could be just the pass rusher the Cowboys need to take their defense to the next level. They could go with Takkarist McKinley here, but his shoulder issues may push him down their board. TJ Watt is also a fan-favorite, but I am partial towards Bowser personally. I also considered going with Washington corner Kevin King here, but I think the depth of this corner class forces Dallas to go EDGE in the first round.

R1/29 – GB: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

Missing out on Tyus Bowser, the Packers will certainly be tempted to make TJ Watt the pick here. They could also look towards Kansas State’s Jordan Willis or maybe even Youngstown State’s Derrick Rivers. However, they might think that round two is a better spot for those players, and instead take a first round corner off the board in Tre’Davious White.

R1/30 – PIT: Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA

With the Cowboys passing on Takk, the Steelers add the 3-4 OLB they need to replace James Harrison down the line. McKinley might be the second EDGE player off the board if it weren’t for his shoulder issues.

R1/31 – ATL: Budda Baker, S, Washington

After drafting Keanu Neal, the Falcons now must add a free safety who can takeover Ricardo Allen’s role. Budda Baker is exactly that player, and can be Dan Quinn’s new Earl Thomas prototype.

R1/32 – NO: TJ Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin

With their second first-round pick, the Saints address the other part of the defense. They got secondary help in Humphrey early, and get a solid pass rusher/linebacker late in TJ Watt.

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Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys

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Slotted to pick 19th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in position to add a first-round talent to a team that fell just short of the playoffs at 9-7 in 2017. Faltering entirely on offense without RB Ezekiel Elliott too many times this season, it’s hard to argue this asset is not best spent on new talent at WR.

The Cowboys haven’t drafted a wide receiver in the first round since 2010, trading up for Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant. Frequent injuries and the inability to develop with QB Dak Prescott have diminished Bryant’s status as a star receiver in Dallas, and it may be time to overhaul the position entirely.

After scouting Memphis WR Anthony Miller, he may be just what the Dallas Cowboys need. Let’s take a closer look at his fit in the Cowboys’ offense in the first draft-season edition of Sean’s Scout.

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With 96 receptions for 1,462 yards and 18 touchdowns in his final season at Memphis, Senior WR Anthony Miller is one of the top players at his position in the 2018 NFL Draft. These inflated numbers in the Tigers’ pass-happy offense do little to highlight Miller as a next level prospect…

This film clip and quote from my full scouting report on Miller shows the pure play-making ability Miller has. Miller wouldn’t fill the Cowboys need for an over-the-top burner at WR, but he has no problem tracking the ball with ease and adjusting in the air to make big plays down the field.

…Miller is as tough of a cover as you’ll find thanks to his explosive and concise release off the line.

Anthony Miller is certainly a “Dak-friendly” pass catcher, as he possesses the catch radius to snag passes away from his frame using his exceptionally strong hands. Even when he is covered, Miller is open vertically.

With that said, Miller has more than enough ability to separate with good initial quickness and elite balance through his routes.

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…he wastes no time accelerating through the secondary, and running with a powerful stride that makes it difficult to bring him down.

There may be better technical route runners in this draft class, but few set up defenders as consistently well as Miller — who has the production to match these NFL traits.

A willing run blocker too, Miller could walk into Dallas and immediately earn snaps as an X, Z, or Y receiver. Miller’s best fit to start his career is likely as a Z receiver, drawing less attention in coverage while being allowed to run a full route tree.

…Miller gets on cornerbacks in a hurry, setting them up with his fluidity and size to track the football through contact.

A potential replacement for Terrance Williams with the Cowboys, Miller is somewhat of a similar player in the way he wins with mostly size.

The Memphis product would still be an upgrade over Williams though, as it is much easier to get the ball in Miller’s hands. Add in the red-zone ability that Anthony Miller has to box out defenders, and the run-after-catch burst as an inside target, and Miller is a weapon the Cowboys could desperately use.

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…I found myself constantly impressed with the speed at which Miller gets up the field when taking the ball underneath.

Miller will have nothing but opportunities to raise his draft stock over the coming months. He will be at this month’s Senior Bowl, receiving NFL-level coaching to refine his game. The Scouting Combine will also be critical for Miller’s testing numbers to confirm the athlete seen on tape dominating at Memphis will take the next step.

Earning a second round grade on my 2018 NFL Draft Board, there is a chance the Cowboys have to use their first round pick if they truly want Anthony Miller in Silver and Blue. A very complete player that fills a need, Miller as the Cowboys first pick could make plenty of sense in April.

Tell us what you think about “Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Luxury or Need for Cowboys to Draft Another 1st-Round OL?

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Due to growing concerns about Tyron Smith‘s availability and future health, due to reoccurring back injuries, there seems to be a growing consensus among Dallas Cowboys fans that there’s a need to draft an offensive lineman with the first-round pick. But, is it actually a need, or would it be more of a luxury?

There is legitimate concern about Tyron Smith and his future health.

Back injuries have a way of flaring up at the most inopportune times. It’s also not an injury that’s going away anytime soon, if ever. This is the unknown the Cowboys are faced with heading into the off-season, and it could end up having a major impact on the direction they go in the 2018 NFL Draft.

There seems to be a growing consensus around Cowboys Nation that the Dallas Cowboys should seriously consider selecting the best available offensive tackle with the 19th overall pick.

There are probably two reasons for this:

  1. Tyron Smith’s health concerns, and
  2. the need to upgrade the swing tackle position after watching Byron Bell and Chaz Green play in 2017.

But, the question remains: is drafting yet another offensive lineman in the first-round a luxury or need for the Dallas Cowboys?

Personally, I can see both sides of this argument. So, let’s break it down a little and examine each.

Luxury

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Dallas Cowboys RG Zack Martin

The Dallas Cowboys have already invested an enormous amount of resources to build arguably the best offensive line in the NFL.

They’ve spent three first-round draft picks to acquire Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin, two of which have already received long-term extensions with Martin waiting in the wings.

That’s a lot of money devoted to one position, which ultimately means the Cowboys have to go cheaper in other areas in order to fit under the salary cap. This is the money that would be used in free agency to acquire some of those higher-priced free agents fans are always hankering for.

It also can be used to re-sign some of the Cowboys players at other positions, such as DeMarcus Lawrence.

But, it’s not only the money that makes drafting a first-round OL a luxury.

Four out of five of the Cowboys OL are already pretty much set in stone. The left guard position is really the only unoccupied position right now, but that could be filled rather easily. This, of course, is assuming Tyron Smith stays healthy, but regardless, he is the starting left tackle when the 2018 season begins.

Need

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There’s no reason to believe Tyron Smith will be able to play an entire 16-game season going forward. The last two seasons he has had to sit out several games due to injuries, and unfortunately his back issues aren’t going away anytime soon.

To make matters worse, Dallas doesn’t have an adequate backup, which was proven on more than one occasion in 2017. Hence the need.

With the exception of the quarterback, the left tackle position is arguably the most important on offense. They protect the QB’s blindside and are largely responsible for keeping him healthy and upright.

There’s a reason they are drafted so highly and paid so handsomely: they are that important to a team’s success.

There was also a reason the Dallas Cowboys offense started to sputter once Tyron Smith started missing time. Opposing defenses no longer respected the Cowboys LT, and started putting their best pass rusher on that side to get after Dak Prescott.

Prescott ended up having happy feet and it had a ripple effect throughout the entire offense, and not in a good way.

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Quite honestly, I think it would be a luxury to draft any kind of offensive lineman with the Cowboys’ first-round selection, but I wouldn’t be completely surprised if that’s the direction they went. There are positives and negatives to both sides of the argument.

But, if they stick to the draft board and an OL is their highest rated player there, I say go for it.

The only thing we can do is have faith that the Dallas Cowboys know more about Tyron Smith’s health and his availability to play then we do as fans. If they decide to draft an offensive lineman early, I think we should all take that as an indication that they are worried about Smith, at least a little bit.

Luxury or Need: Do the Cowboys draft a first-round OL?

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The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The Dallas Cowboys football team has a lot of needs on both sides of the ball. Sure, that’s pretty sad to say as a die-hard Cowboys fan, but it should make for a very interesting offseason. This front office needs to find a way to add talent in the draft, and probably in free agency as well, all while finding ways to keep Anthony Hitchens, DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving, and extending Zack Martin.

Maybe they’re not able to achieve everything, but as long as they don’t lose all of these guys, they should be fine. We may even see a surprising release or trade. It sure would be interesting to see this team release Dez Bryant, for example.

Last year, Dallas lost Barry Church, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr and Ronald Leary… among others. But what do these four guys have in common? They all resulted in compensatory picks for the Dallas Cowboys’ 2018 NFL Draft.

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Including the expected Compensatory Picks that the Cowboys will receive for their Free Agents that signed with other teams in 2017, the Cowboys should have the following picks in the 2018 Draft:

The Cowboys got two additional fourths and two fifths. After trading up to get Xavier Woods in 2017, Dallas had no original fifth rounders for this year’s draft.

This is a front office that avoids making “big splashes” in free agency and in the draft lately, but I wonder if they’ll at least explore trading possibilities this time.

With three fourth-round picks and two fifths, they should have more than enough ammunition.

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This team has done a nice job in the last few drafts, and with Will McClay staying for at least one more year, they might as well try to get everything they can out of their draft picks. After all, Dak Prescott himself was a fourth-round compensatory pick.

Even still, I would like to see this team do something out of the ordinary.

Whether it’s trading up to get a well-fitting player who might otherwise go before their pick, or if it’s to get another team’s player, it would be interesting to see this front office pull the trigger on an interesting trade.

Sometimes it’s surprising what NFL teams can get with late round picks.

The Buffalo Bills traded away Marcell Dareus for only a sixth-round pick less than a year ago. I mean, how would you have felt if Dallas had gotten Dareus for just a sixth rounder? I would’ve been completely fine with it, to be honest.

The Cowboys have enough ammunition to consider pulling a trade-off in free agency or the NFL Draft.

We may not like the coaching, but in the past few years, this front office has done a good job when it comes to team-building.

We were all frightened when we saw the defensive players that were leaving in the secondary, and a season later, the young defensive backs are one of the reasons why we’re very optimistic about this team’s future.

So if they decide to keep their picks to themselves, I’d say it’ll be worth it, too.

After a sad season, at least we have an intriguing offseason ahead of us to keep us entertained.

Tell me what you think about “The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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