2016 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft With Comp Picks

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It’s that time of the year again  when everyone is compiling their 2016 Dallas Cowboys mock draft. Here at YDCFF we don’t pay attention to media projections. We compile our own board based on the grades we put on the players.

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We compile two boards. First we create a big board which is our grades on all of the players, and then we compile a board for the Cowboys based on where they are picking. For the purposes of this 2016 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft, we used the draft simulator at Fanspeak.

The NFL scouting combine has come and gone, and as expected, the Cowboys were not major players in free agency. Nothing really changed as far as the Cowboys’ needs are concerned other than signing Cedric Thornton as a defensive tackle.

Despite selecting the CBS big board to be used on the simulator, we reverted back to our board when making the player selections for this 2016 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft. Keep in mind that mock drafts are for fun. No one knows what Jerry Jones will do. When making our selections, we don’t pick who we think the Cowboys will select, we pick who we feel is the best player available in that round who fills an immediate need for the Cowboys. Currently there are a lot of them.

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Al Beam:

Team Needs: DE, DT, LB, CB, S, RB, OT, OG, WR, QB

4: R1P4

DE SHAQ LAWSON
CLEMSON

34: R2P3

CB JALEN MILLS
LSU

67: R3P4

RB DERRICK HENRY
ALABAMA

98: R4P3

ILB SCOOBY WRIGHT III
ARIZONA

137: R4P38

DT D.J. READER
CLEMSON

171: R6P1

DE MATT JUDON
GRAND VALLEY STATE

212: R6P34

QB KEVIN HOGAN
STANFORD

216: R6P38

OT/G JOE DAHL
WASHINGTON STATE

217: R6P3

TE DAVID J. GRINNAGE
NC STATE

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Cas:

Team Needs: DE, DT, LB, CB, S, RB, OT, OG, WR, QB

4: R1P4

DE SHAQ LAWSON
CLEMSON

34: R2P3

CB ELI APPLE
OHIO STATE

67: R3P4

RB DEVONTAE BOOKER
UTAH

98: R4P3

DT D.J. READER
CLEMSON

137: R4P34

DE MATT JUDON
GRAND VALLEY STATE

171: R6P14

C AUSTIN BLYTHE
IOWA

212: R6P34

QB Cody Kessler
USC

216: R6P38

WR JAYDON MICKENS
WASHINGTON

217: R6P39

TE DARION GRISWOLD
ARKANSAS STATE

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The fact the Cowboys traded away some draft picks for players who are not even on the team anymore made it difficult to try and address all of the needs in this 2016 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft. However, the compensatory picks did make it easier to address more of the needs in this updated version of our mock draft.

However, the Cowboys were not very active in free agency in order to find some starting caliber players. In our previous mock we stated they needed to be if they wanted to fill all of the immediate needs. It would have allowed them to enter this draft open minded and afford them a better opportunity to draft the best available players rather than reaching out of desperation. Seeing what the Cowboys did in free agency wasn’t a big help to us when we compiled an updated version of our 2016 Cowboys Mock Draft.

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  • californy

    I like both of your player, I just dont know the TE in the last rd of the draft. I have Jordon Gross as one of my TE, he was Wendtz TE in North Dakota state. That guy can really do it all. he worth a look as a undrafted FA or player in the 7th rd

    • my guy is 6-5 255 former basketball player very athletic and good pass catcher. I broke my own rule cuz he needs to learn to block better, but his ability as a receiver clouded my judgment there lol that type of value in the 6th round I will teach him how to block.

      • californy

        I love player with Good stanima and Basketball player are those type off players

        • they also have good feet, good reflexes, and good hands.

          • BigDIndiana

            I’ve always wondered why someone hasn’t grabbed one of those athletic power forwards, 6′ 10″ ish and just throw short fades to them? At least brought one to camp to try it.

          • BigDIndiana

            I’ve always wondered why someone hasn’t grabbed one of those athletic power forwards, 6′ 10″ ish and just throw short fades to them? At least brought one to camp to try it.

  • californy

    I have another undrafted player from a division 3 school, his name is Tom Lalley 6-2 260 lbs DT, who had 20 sacks last season, he may not be the athlete as Judon, but is really worth the look when you are talking 7th rd players

  • californy

    I would love to get Nemith RB from the same school as Lally, that guy in 4 years of college ball only had 7 plays that didnt go for positive yardage. Nemith is 5-10 205 lbs rb who had like 29 TD and 1975 yards last year

    • holy crap what school?

      • californy

        Logan Nemith Mount Union

    • Al

      Those are some impressive numbers.

    • BigDIndiana

      Always a few of those dudes in div3. Jordan Roberts from St Thomas went over 2000 with 34 TDs. Bigger dude at 6′ 220. There was another mt union guy several years back that almost broke the all time college rushing record and had to go overseas to play.

    • BigDIndiana

      Always a few of those dudes in div3. Jordan Roberts from St Thomas went over 2000 with 34 TDs. Bigger dude at 6′ 220. There was another mt union guy several years back that almost broke the all time college rushing record and had to go overseas to play.

  • californy

    Then their the WR from that same school, he lead all wr with 20 TD last season, he is a 5-11 WR, he really has great hands and can run, at Nandar WR

  • californy

    Those player I am discussing come from Mount Union, Taurice Scott was their QB, but I project his as a wr and KR, that guy can jet

    • ahhh ok. No wonder I don’t know who they are. I looked at Lalley before.

  • californy

    Jordon Gross has really soft hands, he a HB TE type of a player. Gross also throws a great pass too.

  • californy

    Wendtz has a LT playing for him at North Dakota state, he reminds me on how I see smith in Dallas, If they need rushi. T. yards. they just run behind him. I just dont remember his name

  • californy

    These small division school player are more about academics than athletes, they are the kind of player you would love to fill a team with, High character type of players

  • BigDIndiana

    I am digging the cowgirl draft. DE and CB 2 biggest needs now and those 2 are spot on. I have my wonders if Apple will make it to that pick now that he looked smooth at the combine and ran a 4.40. I wonder what the sheagles are up to moving up from 13 to 8….. Hargreaves?

    • Al

      I can tell ya this much: Apple wasn’t there when I picked at 34. I had to go with the LSU kid. We have Apple graded higher. That simulator we use changes a lot. Wright wasn’t there when Cas picked in the 3rd and I got him in the 4th. No telling what will happen in the real draft. I also like Burns from the U. That kid is a baller.

      • BigDIndiana

        I like the Williams kid from Houston at CB. There are several good ones and agree the best available with the 2nd pick would be a good spot since we signed a DT already.

        • Al

          I still want a DT that can get to the QB: Williams is good too. There is no shortage of corners and DTs in this class.

        • Al

          I still want a DT that can get to the QB: Williams is good too. There is no shortage of corners and DTs in this class.

        • Al

          If Rankins or Reed are sitting there at 34: how do ya say no?

          • BigDIndiana

            would be a tough call. There is gonna be a half dozen guys I want when that 2nd pick rolls around. Mo, Carr, Church and Wilcox all FAs after this year. going to be some scrambling going on in the secondary. sure wish we could pick up another 2nd.

          • That would be ideal. It occurred to me the Eagles probably traded up to get Buckner and that’s why they let Thornton walk. I feel the best trade down partner would have been the Rams, but they Tagged Keenum so I guess they are convinced he is a better option at QB than anyone in this class. Houston got a QB too. Too many people fail to realize if Tyron Smith goes down Romo is toast. Who do we have that can protect his blind side? NO ONE! Free can barely handle the right side and Green has never suited up even in a preseason game. They trust Romo’s health in the hands of Brown? My God if Tunsil is there at 4, you can’t say no. Then what do you do at DE and CB? This team is in a hot mess!

          • BigDIndiana

            I would bet multiple boxes of chocolate that Tunsil won’t get by Titans and Chargers. Ryan Russell, Terrell McClain, Irving gonna have to step up…at least 2 of them. They gotta stay healthy first. McClain has some juice when he is healthy, problem is he is never healthy. Olatoye looked pretty good at CB last 2 games. We can’t fix everything in the draft for sure. Another hope I have is that Nzoecha can play the strong side. Dude can fly running in the 4.5s I hope the flyer they took on him being hurt in the 7th last year pays off. Green, who knows? I will be cautiously optimistic as there is some potential there to at least give us depth behind starters.

          • I broke down how bad of shape the depth on this team really is.

            http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/news/cowboys-depth-chart-trouble/ It’s hard to be a Cowboys fan. I catch a lot of heat from all the Denver fans around here. I just smile and say at least we have a QB lol

          • BigDIndiana

            Of all those I hope T Mcclain stays healthy and steps up. You live in Denver?

          • Johnathan Nguyen

            And also there is a source at BSU saying Denver’s conversation among the FO was centered around Kellen Moore! And here we are, the disrespect and overlooking of Kellen in our fan base is at an absurd level! SMH

          • BigDIndiana

            I would bet multiple boxes of chocolate that Tunsil won’t get by Titans and Chargers. Ryan Russell, Terrell McClain, Irving gonna have to step up…at least 2 of them. They gotta stay healthy first. McClain has some juice when he is healthy, problem is he is never healthy. Olatoye looked pretty good at CB last 2 games. We can’t fix everything in the draft for sure. Another hope I have is that Nzoecha can play the strong side. Dude can fly running in the 4.5s I hope the flyer they took on him being hurt in the 7th last year pays off. Green, who knows? I will be cautiously optimistic as there is some potential there to at least give us depth behind starters.

          • BigDIndiana

            I would guess sheagles will take Elliot or Staley now at 8. I hope not Elliot.

          • BigDIndiana

            I would guess sheagles will take Elliot or Staley now at 8. I hope not Elliot.

          • Johnathan Nguyen

            I hope Keenum is going to do well there. I’m from Houston so i watched a lot of Keenum by default. He reminds me a lot of an unpolished Kellen Moore lol. Good looking draft by you and Al.

        • Al

          If Rankins or Reed are sitting there at 34: how do ya say no?

        • I like him too.

    • Thank You Big D

  • BigDIndiana

    YOUR PICKS

    1: R1P4

    DE SHAQ LAWSON

    CLEMSON

    2: R2P3

    DT VERNON BUTLER

    LOUISIANA TECH

    3: R3P4

    CB WILL REDMOND

    MISSISSIPPI ST

    4: R4P3

    RB TYLER ERVIN

    SAN JOSE ST

    5: R4P38

    WR KOLBY LISTENBEE

    TCU

    6: R6P14

    QB JEFF DRISKEL

    LOUISIANA TECH

    7: R6P34

    C MIKE MATTHEWS

    TEXAS A&M

    8: R6P38

    ILB JOE SCHMIDT

    NOTRE DAME

    I GOT BUTLER!!!!! 🙂

    • Awesome: Listenbee was a nice pick up that late. I haven’t studied Matthews or Schmidt. I like the Driskell pick. Not a bad draft at all. You addressed the major needs.

      • BigDIndiana

        doubt Listenbee falls to the fifth, draftek needs to fix that LOL Mathews is that bloodline, Jake’s brother and Bruce’s boy. 3 year starter my question is he big enough in the 290s. But fundamentally should be sound with Bruce as his dad.

        • Draftek needs to fix a lot lol. I could have had Elliott in the 2nd, but grabbed a CB instead because I knew it was unrealistic. When I drafted, Scooby was gone in the 3rd, when Al drafted he got him in the 4th. I lost all respect for Walter. His board before the combine had Scooby at 19. He doesn’t run well at the combine and he drops him to 40? Sorry, a couple 10ths of a second doesn’t change the film or the production. How often does a MLB run 40 yards? Anathema. Now if I am looking at a WR, DB, or RB, straight line speed matters. But if a guy runs real fast in shorts, and another guy played faster in pads, I will throw his 40 time out the window. You can never forget what you saw on tape when you watch the combine.

  • Lionone1

    You already know my draft. It’s hard to debate you on your evaluation of DE’s. Would Shaq be an immediate impact player? Usually DE’s take a year or so to develop.

    • His production was more than double what Bosa’s was last year. He has a much higher ceiling too. My question for you is: Do you want to draft the guy with 5 sacks or the guys with 12? NTM Lawson showed up big time in the championship despite playing injured. There are no guarantees on any Rookie being a day one impact player, but Shaq has a higher upside. Smart teams have a solid veteran in place to help develop the rookie. The Pats may have traded Jones, but they signed Chris Long as a bridge player on the cheap. Jerral pigeon holed himself. He has No DL depth. I truly believe Shaq is going to be a better player than Bosa, but I also believe Judon will end up the best pass rusher in this draft. You can coach up technique, but you can’t make Joey Bosa any better of an athlete than he already is. He has peaked. Much more upside with Shaq and Judon.

    • Not only that using the 4h overall pick on a LDE instead of a right defensive end would be like drafting a RT like Taylor over a LT like Tunsil. It makes no sense really. Especially when the Cowboys haven’t been able to get to the QB without Ware.

    • Do you know what made Ware special? It was that first step and his athletic ability. The rest they coached him up on. I don’t see a DE in this class with a first step like Judon. He not only has the upper body strength from the door, he has good instincts, That guy is going to be special. He has all the tools, just needs some coaching. Bosa will never have the ceiling Judon does, or that Shaq has. A rookie with the 4th pick will get over $4 million a year and has a 5 year option. You have to consider what you will get in the long run over what you will get day one. Tyron Smith was one of those players who needed time to develop, but all the tools were there. I thought they drafted him too high cuz he was a career RT, young and raw in his tehnique. However it paid off and I learned something from that. You have to look at the future, not just how good a player is day one.

    • Tank was one of the players we promoted entering that draft and we promoted him as a LDE. He has settled in there and is playing at a high level. Now they need to compliment him on the right side and this pass rush improves a lot. The best thing about Shaq is, he can play LDE or RDE just as effectively. Like I said, Bosa is a career LDE. I think Lawrence is a better player than Bosa now and was in college too. I would take Nassib over Bosa: he is going to be special too.

    • The primary goal when drafting a player as high as 4, is you want a guy who is already good, but 3 years now will be elite. A high ceiling matters A LOT. Enter Tyron Smith.