Thursday, March 13, 2014
Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Cowboys
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- ESPN Insiders Mel Kiper and Todd McShay don't always seem to agree on much, but they agree on the Dallas Cowboys' selection with the 16th pick in the first round of the draft: Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.
There is no doubt the Cowboys need to address the defensive line in the draft. The apple of many eyes for the Cowboys is Pitt's Aaron Donald, but he's slotted to the Chicago Bears at No. 14 in Kiper's latest mock. Donald looks to be the better fit in what defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli wants. And basically what Marinelli wants is a pass rushing menace in the middle of the line.
I said this when reacting to McShay's selection, but I don't know if the Cowboys view Jernigan as a 3-technique. And if they view him more as a nose tackle, then they will not pick him with their first pick for the same reason they didn't take Sharrif Floyd last year.
In his first two mock drafts, Kiper had the Cowboys selecting Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. He's slotted to the St. Louis Rams at No. 13 in this mock.
The names that could draw the most interest from the Cowboys among those picked after No. 16 are Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin, LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Louisville safety Calvin Pryor.
A lot of things will change between now and May. Who knows, maybe the Cowboys will get greedy in free agency when it comes to defensive linemen and not be forced to go that route in the first round.