In just 20 days some of the greatest college football players in the world will start their weigh ins and interviews at the 2017 NFL Combine. On February 28th some future NFL players will make themselves some money and lose themselves some money depending on their performance at the combine. With only a little over two weeks to go until the event it seemed like it was perfect timing for my first 2017 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft. To be as realistic as possible I will only be doing three rounds today. Knowing that there will be little change in the way players will rise and fall in the top 75 players or so.
I will be using the Fanspeak On the Clock Draft Simulator to conduct my Three Round Mock Draft and will be using the CBS Big Board Player Rankings. Let’s get started!
Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan
(players still available: Tim Williams, Charles Harris, Carl Lawson, David Njuko)
Half of you reading this likely closes out of your browser already and will never read anything I write again, for the other half that decided to stick around enjoy. The selection of Davis to some would be considered a luxury pick in a position that is not necessarily a high need for the Cowboys until you really start to think about it. For starters both Terrance Williams and Brice Butler will be free agents, free agents normally demand a lot more money than owners and general managers want to pay them that leaves the Cowboys with Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, and Lucky Whitehead as the only receivers under contract that finished the 2016 season on the active roster. Not ideal. Luckily Corey Davis who I have is my number one ranked wide receiver and my number fifteen ranked player in the draft fell to the Cowboys. Corey Davis would fit in so well with this high powered offense. Davis is a polished route runner with great size on him weighing in a 213 pounds and standing at 6’3. Davis plays with great technique and gives the Cowboys a option on the outside that can win with separation. For his size the Western Michigan stud plays a lot faster than you’d think for a man if his size. Davis is a sure fire WR1 for a majority of NFL teams to add him to this offense to pair with Dez would be a nightmare for Defensive Cordinators to defend.
Gareon Conley, Cornerback, Ohio State
(players still available: Demarcus Walker, Justin Evans, Cordeara Tankersley, TJ Watt)
Gareon Conley fits both a position of need and provides one of the higher ceilings out of all the cornerbacks who are draft eligible. Conley has the ideal size of a NFL Cornerback standing at 6’1 and weighing in at 195 pounds. Conley skillset will hold up in both man and zone coverage which fits in perfect with the way the Cowboys defense likes to play. Conley finished his four years at Ohio State with six interceptions and has excellent ball skills in the film I’ve watched. Conley is not going to provide much in the run support category but has the size and speed to be able to if you can get it out of him. Conley would be an excellent addition to a Cowboys secondary that could lose their two veteran corners Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne to free agency.
With the 84th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:
Derek Rivers, Defensive End, Youngstown State.
(players still available: Jordan Willis, Jake Butt, Duwaune Smoot)
Derek Rivers is everything the Cowboys need in a right defensive end. Rivers had an excellent week at the Senior Bowl to match his excellent production at Youngstown St. and managed to get himself into the top 100 discussion. Rivers is what we call a speed rusher something the Cowboys do not have. He wins by capturing the edge with his explosion off the ball then bending around the edge to get to opposing quarterbacks. Rivers offers more than just pass rush ability, the Youngstown State defensive end uses great technique in defending the run. In drafting Rivers he would need to put a little weight on to be a true 4-3 defensive end but talking with him the other day he expressed no trouble in dropping or adding weight throughout his career. With drafting Derek Rivers in the third round he is still likely the Cowboys best option at right defensive end because of his ability to win the edge something the Cowboys have been missing for what seems like forever now.
If the Cowboys draft fell this way I would be thrilled. Adding Corey Davis in an offense that already features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Ezekiel Elliott, Jason Witten, and Dak Prescott makes the Cowboys offense about as close to unstoppable as you could get. Also in this Mock Draft the defense instantly gets better. Rod Marinelli gets a corner that plays with good technique and excellent ball skills and a pass rusher that has some of the same intangibles as Von Miller. In just three rounds both sides of the ball for the Dallas Cowboys got significantly better that is the overall goal going into every draft.
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