Taylor Mays, S, USC.
Playing the role of Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones is 'pataroons.' And I sincerely hope he showered after making this pick. Anyway, he writes:
The Cowboys roster doesn't have many holes, but as Giants fans are currently well aware, this commodity can change in a heartbeat. The ideal pick for the Cowboys would guard against their immediate threat to success -- a replacement for the 34-year-old, false start-prone Flozell "the tripper" Adams. He is due $20 million over the next three years -- about the cost of seven Monster Truck Rallies in the Jerry Dome.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys in this scenario, six linemen are already off the board after Philadelphia grabbed Anthony Davis with the 24th pick. The Cowboys are going to need to wait to grab an OT, or put their trust in the overachieving Doug Free.
The smart pick for the Cowboys would be to embrace the current NFL trend and grab a WR or a DB with their No. 1 pick. The NFL is now a passing league, and the reality is teams need to keep up or give up.
Which leads me to what I believe would be the best pick for the Cowboys -- Taylor Mays.
There's no question Taylor Mays is a unique specimen, with his size (6-3, 230), speed (4.2), and penchant for big hits. His style has been likened favorably to Bob Sanders, but he might also be the second coming of Cowboys outcast Roy Williams (no, not the one they gave up a 1st, 3rd and 6th round draft pick for). Either way, with a talent like Mays on the board, it'd be hard to pass him up.
Speaking of "the other" Roy Williams, it might not be a bad idea for the Cowboys to consider grabbing a WR early in the draft. Despite the emergence of Miles Austin, there is really no security in this position beyond that. Planning on a replacement for Roy E. Williams, who is due $13 mill this year, should be a priority. WRs such as Arrelious Benn or Demaryius Thomas would be good additions, and don't be surprised if the Cowboys go in that direction. However, with the Cowboys willingness to draft WRs later in the draft and with a talent like Taylor Mays still on the board, I believe he would be the smart pick..
My take: The Roy Williams II Era begins in Dallas. Mays, as we have often discussed here, is an incredible athlete and physical specimen. It's his coverage skills and actual playing ability that are often questioned. Just like former Cowboy safety Roy Williams. I can't kill this pick, though. It is the same one I would have made in this spot for the Cowboys. In reality, I think Dallas would love one of the mauling offensive linemen here. In our draft, though, the first-round worthy maulers are gone. So, I have to agree with 'pataroons.' This is the pick that makes sense for the Cowboys.
'HakeemtheDream' is up next with the San Diego Chargers selection.
Remember, to read explanations of previous selections click the highlighted player name in the table below.
|1||St. Louis||Sam Bradford||QB||Oklahoma||Soldier_
|3||Tampa Bay||Gerald McCoy||DT||Oklahoma||i_formation27|
|4||Washington||Russell Okung||OT||Oklahoma State||G Fan in England
|5||Kansas City||Eric Berry||S||Tennessee||ronjohnson|
|6||Seattle||Jimmy Clausen||QB||Notre Dame||CCE718|
|7||Cleveland||Dez Bryant||WR||Oklahoma State||GreatGatsby|
|9||Buffalo||Dan Williams||DT||Tennessee||The Greek|
|12||Miami||Jerry Hughes||DE/OLB||Texas Christian||sunlion333|
|13||San Francisco||Bryan Bulaga||OT||Iowa||RIPShea|
|14||Seattle||Trent Williams||OT||Oklahoma||Ed V.|
|15||N.Y. Giants||Derrick Morgan||DE||Georgia||Ed Valentine|
|17||San Francisco||Sean Weatherspoon||B||Missouri||RIPShea|
|20||Houston||Jason Pierre-Paul||DE||South Florida||BitterEli|
|22||New England||Jermaine Gresham||TE||Oklahoma||Ryan Valentine|
|23||Green Bay||C.J. Spiller||RB||Clemson||Dan Luibil|
|24||Philadelphia||Anthony Davis||OT||Rutgers||Bye Dawk|
|25||Baltimore||Kyle Wilson||CB||Boise State||Larry Soprano|