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IRVING, Texas -- ESPN Insider Todd McShay does not believe the Dallas Cowboys will make the playoffs in 2014 in his 2015 mock draft. In fact, he has them going 7-9.
With the 11th pick in the first round, McShay has the Cowboys selecting Southern Cal wide receiver Nelson Agholor.
Here’s what he said about Agholor:
Agholor is keeping up USC's tradition of talented wide receivers. At 6 feet, 185, Agholor has good speed and the ability to make defenders miss with the ball in his hands (eight total TDs).
I realize we have to suspend reality here and get into the Delorean to see the future, but I don’t see wide receiver being the Cowboys' top need. They will re-sign Dez Bryant at some point. They like Terrance Williams. They drafted Devin Street. Perhaps Williams does not progress as they expect. Perhaps Street is just a fifth-round pick.
But I don’t think the Cowboys can ignore the defensive line in 2015, either. If the last few years have been about rebuilding the offensive line, then doing so on the defensive line has to be need No. 1 in 2015. Anthony Spencer, Henry Melton, George Selvie and Nick Hayden are on one-year deals at present. The Cowboys hold a three-year option on Melton that guarantees him another $9 million in 2015, but he has to play at a high level to get it. If the Cowboys go 7-9 – or miss the playoffs – then perhaps they will not get everything they want out of Melton.
Some defensive linemen picked after the Cowboys in this mock first round? Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State; Devonte Fields, TCU; Randy Gregory, Nebraska; Michael Bennett, Ohio State.
Cornerback could also be an issue. Again, if we’re playing the hypothetical here, then at 7-9 maybe Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne did not pan out. Quarterback could be an issue. The Cowboys would have missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season and Tony Romo turns 35 next April. McShay had four go in this first round.
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