Predictions for all nine Cowboys picks

Still a few weeks away from the NFL draft, mock drafts are heating up. While there is plenty of conspiracy about who the Cowboys might be in the first round with 24th overall, our staff writers have gone a few steps ahead. We did our first batch of a seven-round mock draft, and took a stab at all nine Cowboys picks this year.

Here’s what our guys chose:

  • 1 (24): Zion Johnson, J., Boston College
  • 2 (56): Sam Williams, Edge, Ole Miss
  • 3 (88): David Bell, WR, Purdue
  • 4 (129): DeMarco Jackson, LP, Appalachian State
  • 5 (155): Markquese Bell, S, Florida A&M
  • 5 (167): Chigoziem Okonkwo, T. E., Maryland
  • 5 (176): Cameron Decker, K, Texas
  • 5 (178): Kid Miss, AL, TN
  • 6 (193): Michael Clemons, Edge Texas A&M

Analytics: At this point in the draft process, the pieces are starting to come together, and the names keep coming up as we approach the final week of April. The names at the top were mostly the same with the offensive line and the wide future in heavy considerations in the 24th overall pick. Zion Johnson is one of those names along with Kenyon Green (Texas A&M) and Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa), but as we go along, Johnson seems to be a name that’s gaining traction. The same could be said for Sam Williams who was labeled an “under the radar” prospect early in the process and has since emerged as a real possibility in the second round. So, taking care of the trenches early on, it allows Dallas to take in the best players available in their other multiple needs. Like the wide receiver, linebacker, and kicker later in the weekend.

  • 1 (24): Kenyon Green, J., Texas A&M
  • 2 (56): Drake Jackson, DE, USC
  • 3 (88): David Bell, WR, Purdue
  • No. 4 (129): Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego St.
  • 5 (155): Ryan Van Demark, OT, Connecticut
  • 5 (167): Terrell Bernard, LB, Baylor
  • 5 (176): Hassan Haskins, Michigan
  • 5 (178): Gabe Brickic, K, Oklahoma

6 (193): Jayden Peeve, DT, Texas A&M

Analytics: Yes, I know my typical draft has two ex-Aggies in the front and back. Is this possible? Probably not, but hey, this happened with Kelvin Joseph and Quinton Bohanna (Kentucky) last year. I went with Kenyon Green in 24th place because the guard is an obvious need at the moment and although the green projects as an inside lineman he plays all over but the position at A&M and the flexible position is always a plus. I addressed other obvious depth needs in Rounds 2-6. The Cowboys found Dalton Schultz in the fourth round in 2018 and Daniel Bellinger will add some blocking skills to the tight end room. I’m not sure if the Cowboys would like to spend a draft on a kicker, but Brkic has been very productive in the OU.

  • 1 (24): Chris Olaf, WR, Ohio State
  • 2 (56): Gilani Woods, TE, Virginia
  • 3 (88): Sam Williams, DE, Ole Miss
  • 4 (129): Lycitus Smith, OG, Virginia Tech
  • 5 (155): Cade York, K, LSU
  • 5 (167): Rashad White, RB ASU
  • 5 (176): Justin Ross, WR, Clemson
  • 5 (178): Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana
  • 6 (193): Calon Barnes, CB, Baylor

Analytics: I wanted to take a look at what would happen if the Cowboys lost their first guard in the first round. In this scenario, with Zion Johnson and Kenyon Green off the plate, I think you should consider a receiver, and Chris Olave would be a prime pick if he’s still hanging out. Unfortunately, that meant I had to wait until the fourth round to address the left keeper – but stumbled on a very tight end and a dash of passes that Dan Quinn craved for a nice consolation prize. My top priority on Day 3 was to fix my kicking condition, and I did that by disabling Cade York as early as Day 5. Justin Ross is interesting because he is the kind of low buy and high sell gamble that cowboys love. My other three picks were deep pickups that could help me in the future and possibly on special teams.

  • 1 (24): Kenyon Green, J., Texas A&M
  • 2 (56): Cam Jurgens, C, Nebraska
  • 3 (88): Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
  • 4 (129): Amary Barno, DE, Virginia Tech
  • 5 (155): Jaylene Watson, CB, Washington State
  • 5 (167): Snoop Conner, RB, Ole Miss
  • 5 (176): Tyquan Thornton, WR, Baylor
  • 5 (178): Brandon Smith, LP, Penn State
  • 6 (193): Jaylen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M

Analytics: My Pro Shop draft won’t help sell a lot of t-shirts. But it will try to fix the offensive line immediately. I think my first two choices come and go right away. Jurgens will probably fight Tyler Biadasz for a while, but in the end he will be the beginning. I like Robinson because he gets a lot of passes in Kentucky and can help out in the second leg. Watson fits Dan Quinn’s prototype and backs into the corner as he stands over 6-2 and ran in the 4.4 range. Thornton has the dangerous pace I was looking for and I’ve watched enough Texas A&M games to know that Wydermyer is a better player than he got. Give me to him in the sixth round. What I don’t have here is a kicker, but I think you can still get one after the draft – maybe two people actually can fight for the job.