The intermingling of Cowboys and Rangers draft talk in the earlier fanshot seemed unnatural, so I decided it was time to pull out the NFL draft talk into a separate thread now that the NFL draft is fully upon us. Here is my opinion on the matter.
In the first round, I could easily see this team taking a versatile offensive lineman like Iupati or Pouncey if they are still on the board. Jared Odrick, a 3-4 DE out of Penn State, is another likely option given the lack of depth at that position on the roster. There are two names I really trust leading up to the draft, the DMN’s Rick Gosselin and dallascowboys.com’s Mickey Spagnola. Gosselin has us taking Iupati in one of his mocks and has Dez Bryant slipping to us in another, but those two guys are 10-19 picks in almost every other mock I’ve seen, so I won’t hold my breath. Pouncey seems like the ideal realistic target, although Spags heavily indicated that the team would look at a DE early, which is why Odrick is now very much on my radar. He hasn't gotten as much hype as the much lauded DTs expected to be taken among the first handful of picks, but he was the Big East defensive player of the year and I could get behind a pick like that.
Ultimately, I could see the team trading up to snag Bryant if he falls out of the teens, staying put to draft Pouncey or Odrick, or trading out of the first round if all of those names are off the board and targeting FS Nate Allen or OT/OG Rodger Saffold in the early second round. I don’t think the team has much interest in Taylor Mays, but that could be classic JJ smoke screening there.
If the team gets Pouncey in the first round, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them target someone like DE Alex Carrington in the second round, a guy who dominated lesser competition at Arkansas State (Aggies like me know him well), or Tyson Alualu. If they get Odrick in the first, I could see them targeting Morgan Burnett, a FS out of Georgia Tech who seems to be getting a lot of pre-draft hype, or perhaps stopping the fall of DT Terrance Cody, who seems to be plummeting these days.
The fact that we didn’t target a guy like Ted Ginn (I personally really wanted us to offer our fourth round pick for him, thereby securing our return game and adding an interesting deep option to our receiving corps) makes me think Jerry doesn’t see WR as a serious need, so all of those people who want Jordan Shipley (or any other WR) in the third will likely be disappointed. That said, we all know JJ loves playmakers, so perhaps Javier Arenas in the third round is a realistic target.