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DBN Mock: Cowboys select Jonathan Cooper.

Kanick selects JONATHAN COOPER at #18 for the Dallas Cowboys.

Quick hitter this morning:  I’m participating in Dawgs By Nature’s reader mock draft.  I drew the Dallas Cowboys and I’m up.

Prior picks are:

  1. Kansas City: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
  2. Jacksonville: DE/OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon
  3. Oakland: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
  4. Philadelphia: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
  5. Detroit: DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
  6. Cleveland: OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
  7. Arizona: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
  8. Buffalo: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
  9. Jets: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
  10. Titans: SS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
  11. Chargers: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
  12. Dolphins: CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
  13. Buccaneers: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
  14. Panthers: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
  15. Saints: OLB Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
  16. Rams: WR Tavon Austin, WVU
  17. Steelers: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

    Introducing the Cowboys’ anchor for the next ten years.

If the draft breaks this way, the Cowboys will sprint to the podium for Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC.

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Cowboy problems.

Whenever I watched the Cowboys this year it seemed like Romo was running for his life.  It turns out that that’s a strength of Romo’s so the sack numbers weren’t low.

But Romo’s league leading 19 interceptions reflect the fact.

Dig a little deeper and you find the Cowboys guards are undrafted 30 year old Nate Livings and 7th round pick from Bentley College, Mackenzy Bernadeau.  There’s upgrade opportunity here.

Cooper meanwhile is thought by some to better than consensus top guard Chance Warmack.

Here’s his combine data compared to Warmack:

Cooper:  6’2″, 311 lbs., 33″ arms, 5.07 40, 35 bench reps.
Warmack:  6’2″, 317 lbs., 34, 8″ arms, 5.49 40, DNP bench.

One review on Cooper reads:

There has been a lot of buzz about Cooper and some believe that he could go ahead of Warmack. Cooper showed up at the Combine heavier and stronger than expected and put on a clinic. He was one of the leaders on the bench press with 35 reps and was phenomenal in the field work. Cooper had lightning fast feet and with superior agility. It was a great performance to solidify his stock in the top 20.

All-American, Oklahoma State 1969. Wrestling.

Cooper was 1st team all-ACC, all-America, and won the ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy whatever that is.

Also, Cooper was a wrestler in high school.  As has been mentioned before here:  we’re all for wrestling football players.

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Other possible directions for the Cowboys:

  1. RT:  Tyron Smith could use a book-end and may see DJ Fluker as a better piece than Cooper.  Fluker has been relegated to a second tier behind Joeckel/Fisher/Johnson… but 37″ arms are handy for an o-tackle.  I stand by Cooper, but Fluker is a strong possibility here.
  2. DT:  Monte Kiffin is putting in a 4-3.  Jay Ratliff is getting old and DUIs are never good.  The Cowboys’ interior d-line needs help.  But with Floyd and Lotulelei and Richardson coming off the board right before this pick, d-tackle becomes a ‘pass’ in the first round and a hope for Bennie Logan in the second.  (Cowboys could be Ahtyba Rubin for second round pick trade partner?)
  3. FS:  Cowboys waived Gerald Sensabaugh and haven’t replaced him.  (Mute sound before click.)
     Strong safety is a problem too with Danny McCray pencilled in as a starter.  With Vaccaro off the board,  Jonathan Cyprien is an option but I don’t see him as valuable as Cooper.
  4. MLB:  Inside linebacker roles have been manned by Bruce Carter and Sean Lee.  Alec Ogletree would be a major improvement.  (Though somehow he doesn’t feel like a Mike linebacker in a 4-3.)

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The need at guard plus the talent of Cooper really make this a no-brainer.

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5 Comments

  1. Kris Kozak says:

    I think Warmack and Cooper could both fall to the Cowboys at #18. I’d take Warmack.

  2. Who is the 58 year old man in the first photo? Also, why are mock drafters so sure that offensive linemen are going to go like wildfire in the first round when it is never the case outside of a couple of top left tackles and maybe a guard or two?

    • jimkanicki says:

      that. is a very good point.
      cooper is actually only 48 years old but your comment calls to mind the draft savvy of nick saban who dresses his elderly linemen in gap kids prior to draft in order to fool unsuspecting scouts. here we see the 65 year old dj fluker looking like a big seven year old.

      • Well played. I got a good laugh. On a more serious note, history dictates that teams almost always visit their first round selection- last year the Browns visited with Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Mitchell Schwartz, and James Michael Johnson for example. From the Brown’s 2013 visits, the players that I can see going at 6 overall are Jarvis Jones, Geno Smith, Dee Milliner, and Dion Jordan. It is also worth noting that there are several players that are slotted to go later in the 1st round that the Browns have visited as well; namely Lane Johnson, Datone Jones, and Sheldon Richardson. Based off of these players there are a few hypotheticals that I can see playing out. The Browns might be hoping to land either Milliner, Jordon, or Jones at 6. Geno Smith might be a genuine interest or it could be posturing to get a team to trade up if he happens to be available while they are on the clock (I doubt he makes it past the top 3 picks, though. The incentive for QB hungry teams is too high to lay in wait only to be outmaneuvered by another team trading up). What I find confusing with the list is the later prospects of Johnson, Jones, and Richardson, These are not exactly positions of need for the Browns. While I do not think they should draft for need in the first two or three rounds, picking up a left tackle or a defensive lineman does not compute for me when the team is so solid in those areas and very in the secondary and somewhat suspect at linebacker. Time will tell, but I expect at least one these prospects to be a Brown come draft day.

        • jimkanicki says:

          definitely agree that teams should interview their picks beforehand. fwiw, walter tracks the prospect meetings. it’s got everything from chit-chat at all-star games to private workouts. so here’s who the browns have talked with (at some level) thus far:

          Anthony Capasso, WR, Ashland (PRO)
          Jonathan Cyprien, DB, Florida International (PRI)
          Josh Hill, TE, Idaho State (EW)
          Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (COM)
          Datone Jones, DL, UCLA (PRI)
          Don Jones, DB, Arkansas State (PRI)

          Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia (COM)
          Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma (PRO)
          Dion Jordan, DL, Oregon (PRI)
          Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado (SR)
          A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State (EW)
          Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU (PRI)
          Dee Milliner, DB, Alabama (PRI)

          Will Pericak, DL, Colorado (EW)
          Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri (PRI)
          Matt Scott, QB, Arizona (PRI)
          Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (PRI)

          Carson Tinker, LS, Alabama (SR)
          Cornelius Washington, DL, Georgia (SR)
          Earl Watford, OL, James Madison (EW)
          Brian Winters, G, Kent State (COM)

          SR – Senior Bowl meeting.
          EW – East-West Shrine meeting.
          COM – Combine meeting.
          INT – Interested.
          VINT – Very Interested.
          PRO – Pro Day meeting.
          PRI – Private Workout.

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