Dallas Cowboys 2015 KEY NFL Rankings:
Offense: Points- 31st, Yards-22nd, Pass yards-27th, Rush yards-9th
Defense: Points-16th, Yards-17th, Pass yards-5th, Rush yards-23rd
2016 DRAFT ORDER
1- 4- 4 Dallas
2- 3-34 Dallas
3- 4-67 Dallas
4- 3-101 Dallas
4-37-135 Dallas (Compensatory Selection)
6-14-189 Dallas from Oakland
6-37-212 Dallas (Compensatory Selection)
6-41-216 Dallas (Compensatory Selection)
6-42-217 Dallas (Compensatory Selection
With four picks in the 6th round, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jerry Jones trade some of those picks to move up or down. But for this mock, I make a pick at every draft spot.
First Round: Jalen Ramsey FS
If there is one repeating theme for the Cowboys secondary in recent years, it is they don’t have a safety who can cover receivers with any consistency. Ramsey who is also considered a possible CB, could be the answer at FS for Dallas where I think they will want to play him. The Cowboys did pick a CB first last year in Byron Jones, but Ramsey appears to be a true safety and at this point in the draft, the top player on the board at his position.
Second Round: Derrick Henry RB
Last season the Cowboys were forced to throw together a running game after losing top rusher DeMarco Murray and recently the Cowboys parted ways with the off field troubled Joseph Randle. An excellent physical offensive line is already in place but what is needed is a physical RB who can pound the ball and force defenses to cave late in games. Henry is a Heisman trophy winner on the national champion Alabama team and appears to be a very good fit for the Cowboys run game. At 6-3, 247 Henry will be load to bring down but he has the speed with a 4.5/40 to explode after making a cut behind their offensive line. If the Cowboys are going to get back on track, it will require a top running game and Henry may be the answer.
Third Round: Carl Nassib DE
Safety isn’t the only defensive position that the Cowboys have had trouble getting settled, defensive end has been an issue since the departure of Demarcus Ware who won a super bowl with the Broncos. Dallas is moving on from Greg Hardy and they start the season with an injured Demarcus Lawrence while Randy Gregory serves a 4 game suspension for violation of the NFL substance abuse policy. Nassib is considered a high character player and intelligent as a two time Big Ten All Academic team member. Described by coaches as a great locker room guy who plays with relentless effort to get to the QB or ball carrier. HIGHLIGHTS Nassib had an NCAA best 15.5 sacks last year and would provide a spark on the defensive line. Nassib is taller than top ranked draft prospect Joey Bosa and Nassib’s arm and hand length size measure longer than Bosa too.
Fourth Round (101): Maliek Collins DT
Collins appears to be custom made to play the 3 technique on Marinelli’s defensive front. Collins possesses the “quick twitch” that the Cowboy defensive coaches talk about as he displays quick feet and gets off the snap quickly. HIGHLIGHTS In 2014, Collins had 13 tackles for loss at Nebraska and at the combine performed well in the cone and shuttle drills. The Dallas defense could use help in pressuring the QB and tackles for loss.
Fourth Round (135): Malcolm Mitchell WR
While wide receiver isn’t a huge need for the Cowboys coming into the draft, they could always use more depth at the position and Mitchel is an intriguing prospect as one of the better athletes at the position. At times, Mitchell has shown super star potential but was slowed down with 2 knee injuries. He had a strong performance at the combine and may be ready to break out ast an NFL receiver. Without the injuries, probably a player who is picked much earlier in the draft. HIGHLIGHTS
Sixth Round (189): D.J. Reader DT
At 6-3, 327 Reader would bring some bulk to the Cowboys defensive line as a potential run stuffer. He also happens to have good feet and is capable of playing both the nose tackle and 3 technique which he did at Clemson. At the combine, Reader did an impressive 30 reps on the bench press.
Sixth Round (212): Nick Kwiatkoski LB
An athletic former safety who would bring pass coverage support at the LB position. Has 6 interceptions at West Virginia and would offer depth at LB as well as potential as a special teams contributor. HIGHLIGHTS Nick impressed at the combine with a 4.65/40 time, top performer in the broad jump (120″), 2nd best vertical jump (32″) and the 4th best shuttle time at his position. His athletic ability may make him a natural at the Will LB.
Sixth Round (216): Avery Young OT
Young was a three year starter for Auburn who is capable of playing both tackle and guard on either side. He is a strong zone scheme run blocker which will make him a good fit for the Cowboys offense. Young will provide depth on the Cowboys young talented line.
Sixth Round (217): Brandon Allen QB
I don’t look for Jerry to draft a quarterback early in the draft but at some point, it makes sense to draft one as a potential backup and perhaps develop into a starter eventually. Allen had a good performance in the Senior Bowl and possesses an arm that can make NFL type throws. Not likely Romo’s replacement but may be a good guy to have around as a 2nd or 3rd team backup.