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Martin’s Mock: Full 1st round with all 6 Cowboys picks, needs addressed

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The anticipation for the NFL Draft is as unique of a build up as any in sports. For a league that can make the regular-season schedule release a marquee event, the draft offers the pure unpredictability that can't be rivaled anywhere. By this time next week, all 32 teams will have their hands on a class of new players promised to alter the direction of a franchise and define the future of professional football.

Though the festivities begin on Thursday night in Nashville, the Dallas Cowboys aren't scheduled to come on the clock until the second round at 58th overall. As you'll see in this mock draft, there's plenty of talent at positions of need for the Cowboys to bolster a star-studded roster without the benefit of a first-round pick. Before getting to their selections, here is a prediction on how the first round will play out (without considering trades).

If you want to skip directly to the Cowboys selections, go to Page 4.

1. Arizona Cardinals: DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State

The Cardinals have been tied to electrifying quarterback prospect Kyler Murray since hiring their own offensive guru in Kliff Kingsbury. Inheriting a depleted roster as an unproven coach, the Cardinals show some faith in Josh Rosen and start off the draft with something of a surprise: adding the pass rusher with the highest floor in this class.

Rushing opposite Chandler Jones is as good an opportunity Bosa can ask for to begin his pro career.

2. San Francisco 49ers: DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama

The 49ers' promising season was lost when Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a season-ending injury, but there's gold at the bottom of this basin for San Francisco. Regardless of what the Cardinals do above them, the 49ers are in prime position to land an elite defensive talent.

In need of size and strength on the interior, Williams has all of the pass rush traits to match his intimidating frame. A game-wrecker at DT, Williams has a case to be the best overall player in this draft, and one the 49ers would love to have anchoring their defensive line for years to come.

3: New York Jets: LB Devin White, LSU

The Jets are known for a defense that wants to play fast and turn teams over, something a linebacker like White can help them do in a big way. White is a blur when chasing the ball laterally, diagnosing plays quickly as he explodes with loose hips and uses his length to his advantage.

The Jets need to add help for Sam Darnold on offense in this draft, but passing on a linebacker talent like White shouldn't be in their plans at third overall.

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4: Oakland Raiders: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma

The Raiders once again became a source of controversy this week when it became known that their scouting staff will not be on hand for a draft aimed at resurrecting the once proud franchise under Jon Gruden.

With all signs pointing towards Gruden and the Raiders having something big planned, Oakland sees the first three picks play out perfectly for it to make a splash here. Landing Gruden's quarterback of the future, Murray finds a home in the Bay Area as a rhythmic pocket passer with better-than-advertised arm talent and the ability to break down a defense with his legs.

5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DE Josh Allen, Kentucky

Pass rush is the theme at the top of this draft, and adding edge defenders in a division featuring dangerous offenses such as Atlanta, New Orleans, and Carolina is a wise move for Tampa Bay here.

Allen, a projected top-five pick out of Kentucky, has a special burst off the line paired with the bend to chase after quarterbacks for a long time in this league.

6: New York Giants: QB Daniel Jones, Duke

The Giants' unwavering confidence in Eli Manning is the gift that keeps on giving for Cowboys fans. So too is their rumored interest in Jones as a top passer in this year's draft.

Jones has impressive arm strength from the pocket but lacks the poise and touch on his throws to be relied on early in his career. The Giants will hope to groom him behind Manning, passing on reinforcements to a hardly recognizable defense in favor of their future at QB - also holding the 17th overall pick later in the first round.

7: Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Rashan Gary, Michigan

There are certain prospects that just feel like ideal fits for one particular team, and Gary to the Jaguars is such a match. Should he last until the seventh overall pick, Jacksonville can return to having one of the league's best defenses with an edge rusher that executes his assignment on a high level with stunning consistency.

Gary sets the edge with power against the run and can disengage with quickness to flatten the corner and close on quarterbacks in a hurry. With the flexibility to kick inside to DT, Gary will be a steal in this draft for any team that misses out on Williams or Allen early.

8: Detroit Lions: DT Ed Oliver, Houston

Early in this draft process, Oliver was considered the top prospect by many. While none of his testing results should deter such an evaluation, rumblings of character and motor concerns slide Oliver to eighth overall in this mock.

The Lions have solid depth up front, but head coach Matt Patricia needs his chess piece to create mismatches for opposing offenses. Oliver fits this mold perfectly, splitting double teams with ease and shooting gaps with frighteningly good pad level. He's good.

9: Buffalo Bills: OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida

Protecting Josh Allen should be a priority of the Bills in this draft. Though it will be hard to pass on the defensive talent still available at the top of this class, Taylor provides an opportunity for the Bills to grab this year's top tackle.

Taylor is light on his feet with a balanced punch and strong hands that make him an asset in both pass protection and the run game.

10: Denver Broncos: TE Noah Fant, Iowa

Joe Flacco is the Broncos' latest experiment at QB under John Elway. Surrounding Flacco with reliable playmakers could see the Broncos leverage their defense to contend in the AFC West.

Playing with fellow first-round prospect T.J. Hockenson at Iowa, Fant is waiting for his chance to be featured in an offense, something the Broncos can offer him in hopes of getting the best out of Flacco.


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11. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

The third quarterback off the board, Haskins stays in-state to become the future of Zac Taylor's new team. Perhaps the most promising disciple of Sean McVay in Los Angeles, Taylor served as the Rams' QB coach before taking the Bengals head coaching job this offseason.

Haskins is the most pro-ready QB in this class, pairing smooth athleticism with machine-like decisiveness through his reads and exuberant confidence in the pocket.

12: Green Bay Packers: WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi

Fans of rival NFC North teams would have reason to roll their eyes should Metcalf fall into the Packers' lap at 12th overall. A bruising receiver with a flawless combination of size, speed, and route running technicality, Aaron Rodgers would have no problem working Metcalf into a new-look offense for Green Bay.

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13: Miami Dolphins: DE Brian Burns, Florida State

A mid-round run on offense sees the Dolphins quietly steal another premier edge talent in Brian Burns at 13th overall. Burns imposes his will on opposing linemen with the knockback ability to bull rush effectively, paired with the speed needed to capture the corner and use finesse moves when needed.

14: Atlanta Falcons: DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson

The Clemson Tigers captured another national championship behind a defensive line that will carry their proud history into the league almost across the board. The Falcons are in the market for an athletic body at defensive tackle in this draft, with Wilkins providing that value here.

Wilkins works under blockers with a relentless motor and can extend his arms to create havoc in the backfield when lined up at either the 1-technique or 3-technique positions.

15: Washington Redskins: Safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida

The Redskins live for attempting to remain relevant by snatching up familiar NFC East players, doing so this offseason by signing Landon Collins away from the Giants with a mega-deal.

Collins is a legitimate back-seven defender that makes everyone around him better, but Washington pairing him with a versatile safety like Gardner-Johnson is downright scary. Playing with an alpha male physicality at safety, Gardner-Johnson sees the entire field in coverage and can separate the ball from receivers with ease.

16: Carolina Panthers: OT Dalton Risner, Kansas State

Not the most physically gifted blocker, Risner gets the job done as he takes pride in finishing blocks while effectively resetting his feet against more powerful rushers. The Panthers could use a presence like Risner's up front to solve a lot of their offensive woes, allowing this draft to come to them as an ideal scheme fit at tackle falls their way.

17: New York Giants: OT Jonah Williams, Alabama

It may not be a coincidence that the first proven photos of a black hole were processed just weeks before the Giants are projected to take a quarterback and offensive lineman in the first round of the draft. Two positions they've undervalued for far too long, the Giants went for Daniel Jones at sixth overall and add protection for him 11 picks later.

Williams moves impressively well for a tackle and shouldn't take long to adjust to the NFL, though his refinement in the run game is a concern - especially being mocked to a team featuring Saquon Barkley.

18: Minnesota Vikings: Safety Nasir Adderley, Delaware

The Vikings would have unrivaled range and ball skills at safety with Harrison Smith and Adderley paired together. Mike Zimmer is sure to be a fan of Adderley's coverage skills.

Wiped out at some other positions of need, the Vikings find another match for their defense without reaching for a lesser talent.

19: Tennessee Titans: OL Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State

Entering Year 2 under Mike Vrabel, the Titans need to shore up an offensive line that conceded 47 sacks last season. Bradbury is a plug-and-play starter with the nastiness in the run game to fit right in with the Titans.

20: Pittsburgh Steelers: DE/OLB Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

Suffering a similar fate to Maurice Hurst a year ago, Sweat is poised to become a potential draft steal after medical red flags removed him from some team's boards entirely. The Steelers aren't known to shy away from a draft night risk, and the upside for Sweat joining their front seven is too high.

If fully healthy, Sweat can outplay any of the defensive linemen mocked in the top five here, with a complete arsenal of pass rush moves.


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21: Seattle Seahawks: Safety Taylor Rapp, Washington

The Seahawks need to get back to intimidating teams with their ball-hawking secondary. Replacing Earl Thomas with Taylor Rapp is a step in the right direction. Rapp is comfortable in coverage with effortless range, and can lock up receivers in man coverage.

22: Baltimore Ravens: DE/OLB Chase Winovich, Michigan

The Ravens are thin at defensive end, and could use a stabilizing prospect like Winovich. Making a name for himself opposite Rashan Gary, Winovich is a bendy rusher with above-average power and top-end closing speed around the edge to flush quarterbacks with consistency.

The Ravens drafting a 3-4 outside linebacker just feels right, and that's exactly what Winovich could be for them.

23: Houston Texans: OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma

With perhaps the direst need for OL help in protection of a young quarterback, the Texans can still find value in Ford at 23rd overall. Though his technique lacks polish, Ford gets the job done as an incredibly fluid tackle with NFL-ready length.

24: Oakland Raiders: Safety Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State

Still determined to make a splash with their second pick in the round, the Raiders gain a player who brings an attitude to their entire defense. Abram is a hit-stick machine in the back seven, flying to the football with the strength to make tackles in the open field with ease.

25: Philadelphia Eagles: DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame

Tillery may not be a flashy pick for the Eagles, but with the talent on their defensive line, this easily could become one of the most valuable picks of the first round. Hardly possessing the same flash as the top defensive linemen in this class, Tillery is an overpowering presence on the inside that excels at removing blockers hands from his frame to rush the passer.

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26: Indianapolis Colts: CB Greedy Williams, LSU

A playmaker like Williams would be a welcome addition to the Colts secondary. With young players emerging on the defensive line and at linebacker with last year's second-round pick Darius Leonard, it's time for Indianapolis to add a lockdown cornerback like Williams.

Escaping Williams' grasp at the line of scrimmage proved difficult for even the most accomplished SEC receivers. Who wouldn't want a defensive back named Greedy on their team?

27: Oakland Raiders: RB Joshua Jacobs, Alabama

The Raiders own three first round picks, already changing the direction of their offense this offseason by signing Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams at wide receiver. Coming away from the first round with their future quarterback and running back in this mock, the Raiders should be right back on track in a huge way once Jacobs hits their backfield.

Jacobs is a complete back, capable of running through defenders or breaking to the outside with smooth acceleration.

28: Los Angeles Chargers: LB Devin Bush Jr., Michigan

Bush is a player opposing offenses will have to account for at linebacker as soon as next season, which bodes well for a Chargers team that's already strong up front. With a solid frame that isn't easily displaced by blockers, Bush flows to the ball well and is adept at finishing plays through traffic.

29: Kansas City Chiefs: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

The Chiefs were a defensive stand away from potentially reaching the Super Bowl, in need of defensive help to take the next step. The least physically impressive Clemson starter up front, Ferrell fits Kansas City's model of speed up front with exceptional lower body drive. Never giving up on a rush, the tools are there for Ferrell to be a consistent starter in this league one day.

30: Green Bay Packers: QB Drew Lock, Missouri

Amid controversy surrounding Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' camaraderie, their new era under Matt LaFleur begins with a quarterback pick. This would surely shake up the bottom of the first round, as Lock's status is a bit uncertain.

Without the one area he excels in for scouts to hang their hat on, Lock's strong draft season starting at the Senior Bowl make him an ideal development candidate for Green Bay to stash behind Rodgers.

31: Los Angeles Rams: OT Andre Dillard, Washington State

The Rams potent offense was shut down in the Super Bowl, and now the team must prove they have the staying power they're expected to under Sean McVay and Jared Goff.

Investing in the offensive line would be smart here, drafting Dillard as a tackle with natural mirroring ability and upside in the run game.

32: New England Patriots: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa

The NFL allowing the perfect players to fall into the Patriots lap is the gift that keeps on giving for Bill Belichick, who wouldn't be able to turn in this draft card fast enough should Hockenson slide to the end of the first.

Looking to replace Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots get yet another tight end that can do it all, reminding Foxborough fans of Gronk in the open field.


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Dallas Cowboys draft picks

At long last, the Cowboys can finally look forward to making a pick in the second round. With six total selections and a rare free agent period that saw them add legitimate starters, the young talent coming this team's way is hard to predict.

Here's my best attempt at it.

Round 2, Pick 58: Safety Juan Thornhill, Virginia

For the first time in forever, the Cowboys defense created more hype than their offense last season. Once the offense came around following the Amari Cooper trade, this was a complete team with Kris Richard masterfully calling the defense and drastically improving the secondary.

Thornhill was a pre-draft visitor to the Cowboys, and should remind them of one of their breakout players of 2018 in cornerback Byron Jones. Easily coming down to cover tight ends with physicality in man coverage, Thornhill is the type of difference-making safety the Cowboys are in the market for.

Read more on Thornhill here with our full scouting report .

Round 3, Pick 90: DT Trysten Hill, Central Florida

The Cowboys have put off adding reinforcements at 3T for too long, showing an interest in Hill as the perfect rotational body to give them maximum effort against the pass while being disruptive against the run.

Hill makes a living in the backfield, disengaging with quickness and violence to shoot gaps and chase plays all over the field.

Read more on Hill here with our full scouting report .

Round 4, Pick 128: RB Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M

Looking for a backup to Ezekiel Elliott through the draft after passing on some proven options in free agency, the Cowboys keep it local with Williams.

If Dallas is going to spend one of its six selections on a running back, a player like Williams makes a lot of sense. Producing splash plays out of the backfield in the passing game while running with burst and good contact balance between the tackles, Williams is as good a candidate to spell Elliott available outside the top-100 in this class.

Round 4, Pick 136: WR Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska

The theme of this Cowboys mock draft so far is getting incredible value from all their picks, perhaps none more so than giving Dak Prescott yet another weapon at 136th overall.

Morgan Jr. is a physically tough receiver, hanging onto the ball in traffic well and setting up defenders with his change of speed ability. Between Cooper, Michael Gallup, and free-agent addition Randall Cobb, the Cowboys wouldn't have to ask much of Morgan Jr. in his rookie season.

Round 5, Pick 165: TE Foster Moreau, LSU

Jason Witten reinserting himself onto the Cowboys depth chart at tight end, already featuring promising players in Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin, makes the position less of a need.

Moreau would help the Cowboys run game tremendously, taking pride in doing the dirty work as a blocker. With immensely strong hands to control bigger defenders at the line of scrimmage, Moreau can find openings in zone defense to be a reliable check down option and could help solve the Cowboys red zone woes.

Read more on Moreau here with our full scouting report .

Round 7, Pick 241: CB Chris Westry, Kentucky

This Cowboys mock draft began with Kris Richard adding talent to his secondary, and ends in the same way. A developmental cornerback with the length to fit his system, Westry provides the depth the Cowboys could soon need behind Jones and Chidobe Awuzie as an official pre-draft visitor.

Wrapping Up

So far, the Cowboys have lived up to their talk of aggressively taking the next step this offseason. With draft week finally here, the Cowboys may not be showing off their stadium to the world and selecting a Pro Bowler in the first round, but they are in position to further improve this roster in a significant way.

This mock draft addresses nearly all the Cowboys needs with scheme fits at the right value, and is just one of the many permutations for how Dallas will look ahead to OTAs and training camp with a rejuvenated roster hungry for more postseason success.


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