We are just three days until the 2015 NFL Mock Draft kicks off in Chicago, I figured I would join in on all the fun speculation about mock drafts. In this mock draft, I am going to try to get inside the heads of Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, and Will McClay by accurately predicting their every this weekend.
Without further ado, my 2015 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft
Round 1- Eric Kendricks LB UCLA
This might be the hardest projection for the Cowboys in 2015. With not one specific glaring need on either side of the ball, figuring out where Dallas will go awfully troublesome. Personally one of my favorite players in the draft, Kendricks could be the potential replacement to Rolando McClain after this season. This pick wouldn’t be exactly about need but strictly for value.
Kendricks has an unbelievable knack for making plays.
Round 2- TJ Yeldon RB Alabama
TJ Yeldon is one of the many ideal fits at running back for the Dallas Cowboys in this draft.
A very patient runner, Yeldon meshes well with what this offensive line does, and that is just physically dominating a defense’s front 7. Even though he does not have the biggest frame, he is one of the top running backs in pass protection. Yeldon would also create many mismatches coming out of the backfield. In essence, he can easily replace DeMarco Murray.
Round 3- Josh Shaw CB USC
Josh Shaw would be a potential first round pick if it weren’t for a series of incidents that led to his suspension for lying to coaches on how he got injured. However, that is besides the point. Due to Shaw not having “élite athleticism and speed”, he fits in very well working as a Cover 2 CB and FS.
Shaw is very disruptive when in coverage and when the ball is in the air. His tremendous ball skills are what the Cowboys need in the back-end. His versatility could benefit him well when coming to Dallas, assuming he will split reps at FS with JJ Wilcox.
Round 4- Frank Clark DE Michigan
Frank Clark is another perfect fit for Rod Marinelli’s defense. According to Bob Strum of the Dallas Morning News, Clark is a “high energy edge rusher who has caused a lot of havoc in the offensive backfield over the years and has a real interesting combination of skills.”
Clark is also a versatile player, he can play standing up or with his hand in the dirt. His off the field issues are well-known and very controversial. However, Jerry Jones has done a fine job at mentoring players with long lists of off the field issues. If it weren’t for his personal history, he’d be a 1st-2nd round pick.
Round 5- Lorenzo Doss CB Tulane
One of the more athletic cornerbacks in this class, the Cowboys could use Doss’s athleticism and ball skills. Doss has one trait that I fail to see in most of the corners on the current roster, he likes to take chances and go after the ball.
While it can be a dangerous play at times, the Cowboys need more players that will attempt to make a play on the ball. When playing at his best, he could be a very formidable complementary number 2 cornerback.
Round 7- JT Surratt DT South Carolina
JT Surratt possesses the size on the interior defensive line that the Cowboys haven’t had in years. The fifth year senior is a great run-stuffing DT that excels in moving other interior offensive lineman. Combining that and excellent hand placement and footwork, he could be a nice complement to Tyrone Crawford in the middle.
Round 7- JJ Nelson WR UAB
You don’t have to take my word for it, this guy is FAST. I mean, insanely fast. Nelson ran the fastest 40 yard dash time at the combine with a blazing 4.28!
Nelson isn’t exactly another weapon for Romo to consistently throw to underneath, but he could be the best replacement for Dwayne Harris in the return game. At UAB this season, Nelson had an astonishing 38.7 yard kick return average and 4 touchdowns.
In conclusion, I would be very pleased if this is the direction the Cowboys went with this years draft. In the process of the eight picks the Dallas Cowboys have in this hypothetical draft, they would have acquired a starting running back and plenty of other future stars in this league.
As for now, we’ll have to wait and see what happens.