BBV Community Mock Draft 2011: With The Ninth Pick, Dallas Selects ...

Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska.

Playing the role of Jerry Jones (a little too proudly, if you ask me) for the Dallas Cowboys here is our pal 'Simms-McConkey.' Here is his rationale for the selection of Amukamara:

I want you to picture that the fans at Blogging the Boys are Jason Garrett. They understand football better. They know the team best. They know its needs best. They have a rational approach to making the team the best it can be. They know that a physical freak with "tremendous upside" like Tyron Smith would be a great grab right here. He doesn't need to crack the lineup right away -- he can sit behind Colombo and Free until ... well, October, when the line looks like a wet paper bag. He would be the Cowboys' equivalent of a pick like Jason Pierre-Paul: a giant, athletic freak. Further supporting this line of thinking, the Cowboys have met with Smith and he has addressed the major concern, size, bulking up to 307 for the combine. He's now projected as a top 10 pick.

But I am Jerry Jones. And I have not selected an offensive lineman in 21 years. And I'm not going to now. I'm not going anywhere wild with this pick, although I had considered another freak, JJ Watt, to improve the D-line.

I have three cornerbacks who look good on paper and pretty much nowhere else:

  • Mike Jenkins, A first-round pick and 2010 pro bowl alternate, who says on his personal website "Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins just finished his best season as a pro, and now, he will be rewarded." He's talking about the Pro Bowl selection, but you can read into that what you will.He's under contract until 2012, and at a cheap price, making around $1 million per year.
  • Orlando Scandrick is set to be a free agent in 2012, making about a mil a year. Then we have...
  • Terence Newman, the formerly very good cornerback who, at age 33, is beginning to look injury prone and was downright bad last year. On top of that, he is due a staggering $8 million this year that he's certainly not worth. He's a team leader and a veteran, but nagging rib injuries could threaten his outlook.

If we're going to run with the 2011 NFL, we need to keep up in the secondary, and a 3-4 lineman is not going to be putting the kind of pressure on a QB needed to hide a bad secondary. If D-Ware and Spencer can't do it, no one can. There is a wealth of offensive linemen in the draft here, and if there's a good one left we'll get him at No. 40. I expect that to happen.

That's why we're going with conventional wisdom and history instead of common sense and potential here. Give me Prince Amukamara. You know the scouting. He's the top corner in the draft after Peterson, he's consensus top-ten talent. He gives us potential and leverage to deal with the salary demands of an established vet like Newman, and should immediately put pressure on all three of our corners that their spot is in jeopardy. More so than a JJ Watt or a Tyron Smith, I expect to see this guy on the field in week 1.

My take: The Cowboys really need help in the secondary, at both cornerback and safety. Amukamara is good value at this spot, even if you think he is a step down from Patrick Peterson. This pick makes sense.

-- 'jcalafiore' is now on the clock with the 10th pick of the first round for the Washington Redskins.

Round 1

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Carolina Cam Newton
QB
Auburn
Tito
2 Denver Nick Fairley
DT
Auburn
Mike Fiammetta
3 Buffalo Patrick Peterson
CB
LSU
Bigbluethruandthru
4 Cincinnati Blaine Gabbert
QB
Missouri
BitterEli
5 Arizona Von Miller
OLB
Texas A&M
gmen2thebowl
6 Cleveland Marcell Dareus
DL
Alabama
Bobely
7 San Francisco
A.J. Green
WR
Georgia
Pat19
8 Tennessee Da'Quan Bowers DE
Clemson
RealLT
9 Dallas
Prince Amukamara
CB
Nebraska
Simms-McConkey
10 Washington


jcalafiore
11 Houston



daddyzander
12 Minnesota


RolloT
13 Detroit


BigBlueIntervention
14 St. Louis



GiantNomad
15 Miami



HenneGivenSunday
16 Jacksonville


ct17
17 New England



Ryan Valentine?
18 San Diego



Anthony P
19 N.Y. Giants


Ed Valentine
20 Tampa Bay



willgfass
21 Kansas City



The Blood Of Eli
22 Indianapolis


dannymac56
23 Philadelphia


JimmyK
24 New Orleans



Charles L.
25 Seattle


Ejaay
26 Baltimore


LarrySoprano
27 Atlanta


pataroons
28 New England



Ryan Valentine?
29 Chicago


You're my boy, Blue
30 New York Jets



PlaxicoBurress
31 Pittsburgh


stephen_ross
32 Green Bay



NYG28

Round 2

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
33 New England



Ryan Valentine?
34 Buffalo


Bigbluethruandthru
35 Cincinnati


BitterEli
36 Denver



Mike Fiammetta
37 Cleveland


Bobely
38 Arizona



gmen2thebowl
39 Tennessee


RealLT
40 Dallas


Simms-McConkey
41 Washington


jcalafiore
42 Houston


daddyzander
43 Minnesota


RolloT
44 Detroit


BigBlueIntervention
45 San Francisco



Pat19
46 Denver



Mike Fiammetta
47 St. Louis



GiantNomad
48 Oakland


G Fan In England
49 Jacksonville



ct17
50 San Diego



Anthony P
51 Tampa Bay



willgfass
52 N.Y. Giants


Ed Valentine
53 Indianapolis



dannymac56
54 Philadelphia


JImmyK
55 Kansas City



The Blood Of Eli
56 New Orleans



Charles L.
57 Seattle


Ejaay
58 Baltimore


LarrySoprano
59 Atlanta


pataroons
60 New England



Ryan Valentine?
61 San Diego



Anthony P
62 Chicago



You're my boy, Blue
63 Pittsburgh


stephen_ross
64 Green Bay



NYG28
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