2014 NFL Mock Draft: All Seven Rounds for the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys 2014 NFL Mock Draft
2013 was a different year that yielded the same results for the Dallas Cowboys.
Just when things were looking good, the Cowboys found a way to shoot themselves in the foot. Whether it’s wasting time outs or refusing to run the ball, if it could go wrong the Cowboys were going to find a way to make sure it did. When it was all said and done, the Cowboys finished the 2013 NFL season 8-8 and missed the playoffs, again.
Well, now that the season is over, it’s time to start focusing on the 2014 NFL Draft. This year the Cowboys are handing the reigns over to newly assigned assistant director of player personnel Will McClay, who has, for a lack of better terms, supplanted former assistant director of player personnel Tom Ciskowski; Ciskowski will now be the director of scouting.
Among other things, McClay has been instrumental to the Cowboys success in bringing in several veteran players, including Laurent Robinson, Tony Fiammetta and Ernie Sims among others, but back to the Draft.
The Cowboys needs are obvious to some, but not to others. In my opinion, they need to address the defensive line. They are in desperate need of depth at defensive tackle and defensive end. They could also use help at linebacker, safety, guard, running back and wide receiver.
Let’s face it Cowboys fans, they’re not going to fix all their problems in one offseason. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, as much as you don’t want to hear it, it is a process that takes time. If it weren’t, don’t you think that the way Jerry Jones has been doing business the last 18 years would have already worked?
I am going to assume that the Cowboys will have the 17th overall pick. They will find out whether they pick at No. 16 or No. 17 in February. So, with the Cowboys needs in mind, I present to you my mock draft.
Round 1, (17th overall): Ra’Shede Hageman
|Class:||RS Senior||40 time:||5.37|
Hageman offers the Cowboys something their defense was missing last season, and that is a true nose tackle-type player to anchor the interior of the defensive line. He finished the season with 38 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, seven batted passes, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception.
I think his biggest asset is that he has position flexibility. He could easily be the 1-technique defensive tackle, but has the flexibility to play the 3-technique defensive tackle and even be a 5-technique defensive end.
Round 2, (48th overall): Aaron Donald
Donald is a relentless pass rushing defensive tackle, who led the country in tackles for loss, and was one of the nation’s leaders in sacks. He finished the 2013 season with 59 tackles, 28. 5 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, and three passes deflected.
Much like Hageman, Donald offers great position flexibility and lined up at every position on the defensive line in college. I think he is by far the best 3-technique defensive tackle in the draft, and if he’s there in the second round, the Cowboys shouldn’t have to think twice about drafting him.
Round 3, (79th overall): Kareem Martin
Martin, much like Donald, is a player that lives in the backfield. He finished the season with 82 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, three batted passes and three forced fumbles.
I think that Martin, could come in, and spell either DeMarcus Ware or George Selvie from the get go, and the Cowboys have an obvious need for pass rushers. Martin’s blend of size and speed make him, in my opinion, a great pick in the third round.
Round 4, (110th overall): Brandon Linder
In 2013, Linder became the first Hurricane since Eric Winston (2006) to get invited to the Senior Bowl after starting all 12 games along the offensive line.
Linder is, physically, one of the biggest guard prospects and has the strength and size to be successful at the next level with proper coaching. He is a reliable pass and run blocker and fits the Cowboys’ power-man blocking scheme. He also offers position flexibility as he has played both guard and tackle.
Round 5, (147th overall): Ty Zimmerman
|Class:||RS Senior||40 time:||4.65|
Zimmerman is a player with good size and athleticism and an overall well-rounded free safety prospect. He finished the 2013 season with 70 tackles, three interceptions and four passes defended.
He wasn’t asked to do much man-to-man coverage in college, but has shown the ability to play the slot. He has soft hands, and uses proper technique when tackling. Zimmerman is not going to “wow” anyone, but with proper coaching he could be a solid player for years to come.
Round 7, (207th overall): Alex Neutz
|Class:||RS Senior||40 time:||4.54|
Neutz is a solid wide receiver and has been throughout his career. He finished his 2013 season with 61 receptions for 1,024 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has good size and speed and holds Buffalo’s career touchdown record with 30 touchdowns.
Round 7, (210th overall): Glenn Carson
|Class:||RS Senior||40 time:||4.72|
A former four-star recruit out of high school, Carson became an every down linebacker for the Nittany Lions after improving his pass coverage skills. He is a solid athlete and plays very well against the run. He finished his senior season racking up 85 tackles, three tackles for a loss, three passes defended and one sack.
Round 7, (215th overall): William Turner
|Position:||OT||School:||North Dakota State|
North Dakota what? Many people will see where Turner played ball and dismiss his production, but, after reeling in a bunch of awards over his four seasons as a four-year starter, he should be a guy that scouts start paying attention to in the next few weeks.
He is considered one of the best FCS players in the country and will get his chance to prove that he belongs to be mentioned with the best when he takes part in the Senior Bowl. If he impresses at the Senior Bowl he could be as high as a second or third round pick depending on if teams want to risk it, but for right now he's being ignored and many mocks have him going in the seventh round or even undrafted.