2014 NFL Mock Draft
By Matthew Postins
The National Scouting Combine is coming up later this month in Indianapolis. It’s the next major event in player scouting for the 2014 NFL Draft.
It’s been two weeks since our last Mock Draft Tracker. How have things changed since our last one on Feb. 3? Find out below. Also, check out my first-round mock draft at RattleandHumSports.com. What we found is that the mock drafts didn’t change too much. But that won’t last, as our next Mock Draft Tracker will come after the Scouting Combine. There is sure to be movement after that.
Rob Rang: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Dane Brugler: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Pete Prisco: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
The boys at CBSSports.com are sticking to defense, though Rang and Prisco believe the Cowboys will get the beefy Florida State tackle, Timmy Jernigan. If you watched the National Championship game last month, you get it. He could be the big, young interior tackle the Cowboys need for the future.
Something to consider: There is plenty of offensive line, defensive line and safety help in this part of the mock draft. Plus, Prisco doesn’t even have Ealy in his first round.
Daniel Jeremiah: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
Bucky Brooks: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Charles Davis: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Matt Smith: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
No changes here. That’s significant in the drafts of Jeremiah and Davis, who updated their mock drafts as recently as Tuesday. Most mocks are a pretty even split between interior line help and safety help.
Something to consider: If Darqueze Dennard, the All-American corner out of Michigan State, were to drop to No. 22, as Jeremiah believes he will, could the Cowboys afford to pass up that kind of value?
Mel Kiper Jr.: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Todd McShay: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
McShay agrees with most draft experts that the defensive line and the safety position are two of the Cowboys’ greatest areas of need. He believes, however, that taking a defensive lineman at this stage of the draft is reaching and that Clinton-Dix is a better value.
Something to consider: One name rising up draft boards is Morgan Moses, the tackle out of Virginia. At 6-foot-6, 332 pounds, he could take Doug Free’s job away in a year or two.
Dan Hope: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Brian Mazique: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Hope has not updated his mock draft since late January, but that doesn’t mean Hageman isn’t still a good selection here. He’s 6-foot-6, 311 pounds and could play at either tackle position in the Cover 2. He might be perfect for the under tackle position that Jason Hatcher played a year ago. Hatcher, at 31, had 11 sacks. Imagine what a young, talented player with a huge motor could accomplish. Hageman was one of the stars at the Senior Bowl and few offensive linemen could handle him.
Something to consider: Hope, like most, has Darqueze Dennard slipping into the 20s.
Eric Edholm: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Clinton-Dix is a popular selection, as noted above. Edholm has not updated his mock draft in the last week.
Something to consider: Edholm has Alabama LB C.J. Mosley dropping to No. 21 and Green Bay. Linebacker is a secondary need for the Cowboys, but Edholm calls him one of the “Ten best pure players in this draft.”
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
I think it’s the fact that Donald weighs less than 300 pounds that is tripping up scouts. I think if he has a good combine workout and shows off the speed and quickness you see on tape he won’t be here for the Cowboys to draft at No. 16. His size, speed and quickness means he’s a good fit for the Cover 2 and it could be why he’s not higher on other boards.
Something to consider: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the tight end out of Washington, is No. 32 in this mock draft. If Jerry Jones REALLY wants to use the two tight-end set, that’s the guy to get.
Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
No updates here since two weeks ago. Mack is all over the map right not, but he’s valued by many to be a Top 20 player, so it’s possible he could fall to the Cowboys here. The question is whether he’s a 3-4 outside linebacker or a 4-3 defensive end. He left college football as the all-time leader in forced fumbles with 20.
Something to consider: Michigan OT Taylor Lewan and Notre Dame OT Zach Martin are both selected immediately after Mack in this mock draft.
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Draftteck.com updated its mock draft on Feb. 12 and Ealy is still holding steady as their selection for the Cowboys.
Something to consider: TE Jace Amaro out of Texas Tech is a high riser right now, making it to Arizona at No. 20 in two different mock drafts.
Chris Burke: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
Burke values Nix’s run-plugging ability, whether the Cowboys are playing a 4-3 or a 3-4.
Something to consider: Baylor G Cyril Richardson goes at No. 25 in this mock draft. He could solidify the Cowboys’ right side of the offensive line for years to come.
Eric Galko: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Right now Galko and the Optimum Scouting staff are sticking with the Outland, Lombardi, Nagurski, Bednarik and ACC Defensive Player of the.
Something to consider: QB Derek Carr fell to No. 20 to Arizona. Could Jerry Jones be tempted?
New to the Mock Draft Tracker:
Bob McManaman: S Calvin Pryor, Louisville
The Arizona Cardinals beat writer released his second offseason mock draft this week and has Pryor slotted in. McManaman is worth following. The last two years he’s correctly predicted more than 75 percent of the first-round players selected, matching up five with the correct team in 2013.
Matthew Fairburn: DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
Fairburn has the Cowboys trading down in his latest mock draft, switching picks with the San Diego Chargers and getting the No. 25 overall pick and the No. 89 pick overall in return. Hageman is a solid value at No. 25.
Something to consider: The first four selections after the Cowboys’ original selection are OT Zack Martin, OLB Anthony Barr, LB C.J. Mosley and S Calvin Pryor. I’d find it tough to pass on Barr or Mosley.
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Ben Standig: DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Standig, who works in the market of one of the Cowboys’ fiercest rivals, like Donald at No. 17.
Something to consider: Standig is an overachiever, providing a two-round mock. He has the Cowboys taking Stanford guard David Yankey in the second round. That would be tremendous value for one of the best linemen in this draft.