Thursday, February 10, 2011
McShay mock draft: Badgers DE to Dallas
By Tim MacMahon
ESPN.com draft guru Todd McShay no longer project Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara to be the Cowboys' first-round pick.
McShay's third mock draft (Insider) has the Titans taking Amukamara at No. 8. That leaves the Cowboys to address what McShay deems an even bigger defensive need.
With the ninth overall pick, the Dallas Cowboys select ... Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt.
The team's most pressing need is for a 5-technique (defensive end) in its 3-4 scheme. The Cowboys are also aging along the offensive line and need some depth/future starters at inside linebacker and safety. Dallas would have a tough call in this scenario, but Watt will continue to fly up boards because of his versatility and nonstop motor. Watt is capable of making an immediate impact on all three downs as a rookie. Finding a player like Watt to generate inside pressure would be a great complement to OLB DeMarcus Ware's edge rushing ability.
Alabama's Marcell Dareus would also be a great fit for that need, but McShay has the Browns picking him at No. 6. Another possibility is Cal's Cameron Jordan, who McShay projects to go to the Patriots at No. 17.