Posted April 18, 2014

Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft Tracker

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Dallas Cowboys 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Louis Nix III, Notre Dame

Louis Nix III, Notre Dame (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

What will the Dallas Cowboys do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 17, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 10 (via Detroit): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

We said: Another top-10 move, this time so the Cowboys can cut in front of a few teams with D-line needs. Donald may fit a similar mold to recent Dallas addition Henry Melton, a slightly undersized three-tech. Part of the appeal of Donald, though, is that he can and has played just about everywhere on the line. He could rotate in for Melton at the three-tech or slide over to a one-tech spot and do just fine. This is a case of taking the top player available, then worrying about exactly how to employ him later.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 16: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

We said: The Cowboys will be tempted to take a safety with cover men like Clinton-Dix and Louisville’s Calvin Pryor still on the board, and a pass rusher like UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr or Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy would look just fine with a star on their helmet. But with all that said, Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli usually starts building a defense with a tackle who can wreak some havoc. With Donald gone, that points to the disruptive Jernigan for me, with some thinking Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III is in the mix as well.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 16: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

We said: And speaking of draft mistakes … there’s Dallas, which has been looking in vain for a great cover safety for years now. The Cowboys are not going to get one in free agency because they’ll be cap-strapped for the next 20 years with Jerry Jones continuing to move his players’ contracts forward, which would make Clinton-Dix an even more valuable addition. He’s an aggressive tackler and a pass defender with a great deal of potential. Yes, the ‘Boys need a new pass-rush expert with the departure of DeMarcus Ware, but they can get that guy later if they’re smart. The safety class is more top-heavy, and that’s where Dallas needs to pounce.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 16: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

We said: The Cowboys need ends more than they need interior linemen, thanks to their recent addition of Henry Melton. The problem with that statement is that the value simply is not here for an edge rusher. Dee Ford? Kony Ealy? Demarcus Lawrence? All would be stretches at No. 16.

The flip side for Dallas is that there will be plenty of DEs in the middle rounds. And any pass-rusher would be lucky to step into a situation where Melton’s locking down the three-tech and Nix is handling business up the gut.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 16: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

We said: Though the Cowboys always seem to work in mysterious ways, there’s little intrigue remaining when it comes to Dallas’ first-round pick. With DeMarcus Ware gone to Denver, Jason Hatcher now in Washington and Anthony Spencer still making visits in free agency, Dallas is about 99.6 percent certain to select the best available defensive lineman on its board. With Pitt’s Aaron Donald having gone to No. 14 Chicago in this scenario, the Cowboys’ fallback plan is Jernigan, who displayed an impressive blend of size, athleticism and physicality for the reigning national champion Seminoles.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 16: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

We said: And speaking of coverage disasters … the Cowboys have tried and failed to address the gaping holes in their pass defense left by their safeties. Like most Nick Saban-trained defenders, Clinton-Dix will get too aggressive at times and bite on play fakes, and his backpedal is nothing to write home about. But those issues can be cleared up in time, and the Cowboys desperately need an enforcer in their secondary who can contend with an NFC East that has become more and more about the aerial game in recent years.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 16: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

We said: Sure, Clowney’s 4.53 40 time was incredible. But Donald’s 4.65, at 280-plus pounds, might have been even better. The Cowboys do not have any cash lying around with which to re-sign Jason Hatcher. Nabbing Donald would make Hatcher’s impending departure sting a lot less. The Pitt product is capable of disrupting offenses on a consistent basis.

Round 2, pick 47: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

We said: Another D-line pick for the Cowboys, who here add a strong edge rusher to pair with the inside force of Aaron Donald.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 16: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

We said: The only thing that makes sense for Dallas in the first round is defense, with the Cowboys in prime position to address either their long-standing need at safety, or to buttress the middle of their defensive line. Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald might be just the disruptive playmaker Rod Marinelli is looking for, but it’s hard to overstate how much shoddy coverage in the secondary has cost Dallas in recent seasons. Besides acquiring one of the great names in NFL history, the Cowboys would be getting a safety prospect who can help shut down the deep third of the field, while also showing the ability to come up and contribute on run defense. The best NFL teams all seem to have quality safeties who can handle a multitude of tasks in today’s game, and Dallas desperately needs to join those ranks.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 17: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

We said: Because this is a mock draft, we can make a sensible pick in the Cowboys’ war room. Dallas’ safety play has been a problem for years, and if Jerry Jones ever wants to get back to the postseason, he either has to wait for Roger Goodell to increase the number of postseason teams, or take a hammer and nails to his deep secondary. Clinton-Dix is less a pure tackler and more a coverage specialist, but coverage is what this team needs. He reads quarterbacks very well, breaks on the ball with speed and fluidity and can take care of center field.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 17: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

We said: With or without Monte Kiffin running the defense, the Cowboys would be wise to add someone like Nix. The massive 340-pound tackle simply plugs up the middle, be it from the 1-tech or directly over the center. Impending free agent Jason Hatcher may be on his way out, so finding Nix here could be even more of a boon.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 23: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

We said: For the Cowboys, who have not gotten what they hoped they would from Bruce Carter this season, this pick might feel like a steal. Shazier is undersized compared to the prototypical 4-3 OLB, but he gets to the football over and over again.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 25: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

We said: Defensive tackle run! It’s been a tough start to the 2013 season for Sutton, who added more than 10 pounds in the offseason. He still has the talent to be a first-round pick, though, and the Cowboys could use some more interior bodies for their new 4-3. Current starter Jason Hatcher’s contract is up at the end of 2013.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 17: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

We said: Kouandjio could climb much higher than this. He was the starting left tackle last season for Alabama’s dominant line, and he could move into the top five with another standout season.

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MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

I'm an EAGLES Fan so I hope J.J. listen's to nobody as per usual and doesn't Draft the MOCK 5.0 Players cause they'd make a BIG DIFFERENCE. They're Biggest Weakness is their Lines but the D Line has nothing & McDonald plus Scott Crichton=a Nearly Flawless 1st 2 Round's though Myself i'm not big on 6'0 DT's no matter how Fast or Big a Motor they Have. If they go Safety in the 1st they BETTER take Crichton in the #2 cause he can Play and your getting a late 1st Rounder in the #2.