Here’s Part 2 of Michael Burke’s first “mock draft roundup” for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2014. Click here to see Part 1.
The Football Educator
In the 4th round I want to grab a pet cat of mine, Max Bullough, ILB from Michigan State. Let’s be blunt here. Sean Lee is a stud. In no way is Bullough going to replace him, unless Lee gets hurt again. If he does I want a better option to call the defense than we have had. I don’t even mind Bullough playing some on the Outside if we need him. The kid is smart and plays downhill. He can contribute on Special teams too. His attitude is infectious. We need some of that in Dallas.
In the 5th round I finally look at offense and take De’Anthony Thomas, RB from Oregon. I love Oregon school RBs. In recent years I have mocked to Dallas; Steven Jackson, LaGarette Blount, LaMichael James, Jacquizz Rodger, and Kenjon Barner. Thomas continues this fascination. In him I believe we’d have a weapon similar to Darren Sproles. He is small, fast, and determined with the football in his hands. He can help in the Return game and is I think a better option as a starting RB than Joseph Randle would be even though I like Randle.
Multiple 7th Rounds
In the 7th round I am going to first grab Vinniue Sunseri Safety from Alabama. Sunseri was hurt in 2013 otherwise he would be ranked much higher. We do not have great safeties in Dallas though I do think they are better than some give them credit for. It does not stop me from gambling on a player the caliber of Sunseri who is a playmaker.
Next I will grab Cody Hoffman, WR from BYU. Hoffman is the all time leader in receptions for the Cougars, and his best work is done after he gets the football in his hands. He has good hands, runs solid routes, but it is his yards after the catch that make him worth taking. He is not the fastest guy on the field, but he gets open, and as a 5th WR option looking to develop is worth the pick. A decent sized WR at 6’3″, I think he is a great sleeper.
Finally with our current picks I am going to roll the dice on Oklahoma Fullback Trey Millard. There is no doubt at all that when we signed Tyler Clutts the run game improved measurably. There is also no doubt that if he comes back healthy Millard is a stud FB. he picks up blitzes, blasts open holes, and even runs and catches the ball when needed. The perfect kind of football player you need to win.
Now come the 3 Compensatory picks. I love QB Jeff Mathews from Cornell. Forget the Ivy League stuff. The guy has a great release and good accuracy. He will need to learn to take snaps under Center, but he is exactly the kind of QB you can steal and develop and that is what I want to do exactly.
Matt Hall from tiny Bellhaven is a player I won’t be shocked to see land in Dallas. He is huge at 6, 9″ and 345 pounds. He is powerful. Some project him to threaten the bench press mark for reps at the Combines if he starts well. That would be incredible for a man that big if he does it. It is no secret that short arms make benching easier than long arms and he has very long arms. If he even approaches 40 reps it would be an amazing feat that might move him from projected undrafted into the Draft. Dallas has scouted him hardest according to the player himself, and that makes me pay close attention.
Finally I will round this out by taking another small school guy in Larry Webster, DE from Bloomsburg. In Webster you get a project player but one who consistently showed that he can get to the football. He may be a Practice Squad player in 2014, but he might also sneak into the draft as a steal, because so far he has shown that he can play despite being from a small school. Besides, I want a lot of depth on the DL. Those injuries left me shell shocked in 2013.