First I want to admit that last year was the first year I actually paid attention to the NFL Draft. Maybe the reason behind it was to see where Johnny Manziel was going to end up and then watching the drama unfold as the former Texas A&M quarterback slipped right into the hands of the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones. However, thanks to Jerry’s son, Stephen, the Cowboys picked the guy they needed in Zack Martin and not the guy that could have made Jones look more like a genius salesman and less like a great NFL general manager.
Maybe the reason I paid so much attention is the amount of talent that was coming out of the college ranks or maybe, just maybe, I wanted to see where Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr was going to land. Besides, this was a young man I had watched as a Bulldog through his entire career, not to mention growing up watching his older brother David Carr during his own days at Fresno State.
Whatever the reason was, I’ve started getting more and more into the NFL Draft than I ever have before. While I wish I had the time to watch film on all of these guys and be able to spit out names at Cowboy fans, I don’t have the knowledge or expertise to speak to it so I leave that to the experts. Though I will give my take on where I think this team needs to go with their first round pick as well as a few other names of interest going into the future.
At pick number 27 in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, here are a few mock drafts and the players they have being selected by the Dallas Cowboys.
CBS Sports Mock Draft
Rob Rang: Marcus Peters, Cornerback, Washington
2014 stats: (8 games) 30 tackles (5 assisted), 4 tackles for a loss, 7 pass breakups, 3 interceptions
Dane Brugler: Quentin Rollins, Cornerback, Miami (Ohio)
2014 stats: (12 games) 72 tackles (19 assisted), 4 tackles for a loss, 9 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, 7 interceptions
NFL.com Mock Draft
Bucky Brooks: Bud Dupree, Outside Linebacker, Kentucky
2014 stats: (12 games) 74 tackles (29 assisted), 12.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 interception (returned for a TD)
Walter Football Mock Draft
Markus Golden, Outside Linebacker, Missouri
2014 stats: (13 games) 78 tackles (42 assisted), 20 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, 3 forced fumbles (1 returned for a TD)
Fox Sports Mock Draft
Peter Schrager: Benardrick McKinney, Linebacker, Mississippi State
2014 stats: (13 games) 71 tackles (36 assisted), 8 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Draftsite.com Mock Draft
Danielle Hunter, Defensive End, LSU
2014 stats: (13 games) 73 tackles (43 assisted), 13 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 6 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble (returned for a TD)
Thoughts: With the first round pick I think the Dallas Cowboys need to go with a solid pass rush guy off the edge. Too many times you watched Aaron Rodgers and guys like Mark Sanchez, and even Colt McCoy, be able to sit in the pocket and pick and choose their receivers. You have to wonder how much of an impact DeMarcus Ware would have made late in the season but since you don’t have that guy anymore, the Cowboys need to find a guy that quarterbacks have to look for and know where he is at all times. They need a guy that can make an impact in the backfield, disrupt the rushing game, and force the quarterback to make a decision with the football. While Brandon Carr needs to be replaced, there’s no question about that, I think you can do that in later rounds. The Cowboys need to find their pass rush threat right off the bat.
In this draft the Cowboys have to land a quarterback. I’d love to see them draft a guy who can sit behind Tony Romo for at least two years before taking the reins and leading this franchise into the future. A guy they know can be their next big time quarterback, can learn the system, can be a guy who can grow with guys like Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley and a guy who can put them in the playoffs year after year. If you want a name it’s a guy I’ve been talking about for most of this year and a guy I think fits the Dallas Cowboys and what they would look for in their next quarterback and he’s a guy you can keep at home right here in Texas, Baylor’s own Bryce Petty. I think he’s a guy that could still be there in the third of fourth round and, if he is, I think Jerry Jones has to jump at him.
The other needs for this team, as I talked about earlier, is at cornerback especially since you’re not getting anything out of the aforementioned Brandon Carr, so you need to find that defensive back who can won’t be afraid to cover the opponent’s best receiver week in and week out. A guy quarterback’s would think twice before throwing to their side of the field. They could also look at the linebacker spot especially if Rolando McClain isn’t coming back, though Dallas Morning News’ David Moore expects the Cowboys to offer McClain a two to three year deal, and the injury history of Sean Lee.