Here is the first look at the Dallas Cowboys mock draft. There is no pick in the seventh round due to this pick was traded to the Miami Dolphins for Ryan Cook.
1. Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma
Johnson is one of the top three tackles in the draft and fits a need for the Cowboys. With the possible release of right tackle Doug Free, Johnson can slide right in that roster spot and make an impact immediately. Coming out of college Johnson was a second-round prospect but with his recent performance in Mobile he has moved up the board. A solid pick at 18.
2. Jonathan Jenkins, Defensive Tackle, Georgia
Jenkins is a mammoth in the middle of a defense at 6’3 and 350 pounds. He is good at pass rushing and eating up blockers. With the issues of Jay Ratliff and Josh Brent, there is a need on the defensive line. Jenkins will fall to the second round with his lack of strength and quickness.
3. Travis Frederick, Offensive Guard, Wisconsin
The issues with protecting Tony Romo, I am lead to believe this will be addressed in the draft. MacKenzy Bernadeau, Nate Livings and Phil Costa all performed at a mediocre level. Frederick played center at Wisconsin but can also play at the guard position which makes him a good pick at 82.
4. Marquess Wilson, Wide Receiver, Washington State
Wilson, once heralded as a top receiver to come out of college, walked away from the team during a workout and he was often questioned about his work ethic. Now the Cowboys already have one problem receiver in Dez Bryant, but with new Receivers Coach Derek Dooley I think that it could work. Being a later round prospect with red flags about his character, this pick is very Jerry Jones.
5. Spencer Ware, Running Back, Louisiana State
DeMarco Murray has issues staying healthy and on the field as does Felix Jones. Ware’s numbers decreased in a crowded backfield at LSU, however, that does not diminish he talents. Ware reminds me of Marion Barber III with his punishing style; however Ware’s burst is a true difference maker. Couple Ware with a hopefully healthy Murray and this duo can really punish opposing defenses in the fourth quarter.
6. Jordan Rodgers, Quarterback, Vanderbilt
The kid brother of the Packers Aaron Rodgers, Jordan is a later round prospect. Rodgers is undersized at only 6’1 but had a good season at much less talented SEC school. Rodgers reminds me of a former fourth round pick of the Cowboys with much more of an upside than Stephen McGee. With Romo turning 33 and Kyle Orton turning 31 this next season it may be time to start looking for the quarterback of the future.