Dallas Cowboys: Todd McShay

A McShay mock to kick off the big week

April, 22, 2013
Our man Todd McShay has re-worked his latest mock draft Insider to reflect Sunday's Darrelle Revis trade, and there are changes throughout. This is a first-round-only update, so sorry, Redskins fans. We'll catch up with you a little bit later in the day. As for the fans of the other three NFC East teams, here are Todd's latest picks and my thoughts. Which I know is why you're here, after all. Right? Right????

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma.

In this mock, the top two tackles (Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher) go to Kansas City and Jacksonville with the first two picks and the Raiders take defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd at No. 4. So Todd gives the Eagles Johnson, who seems to be a fast riser and has been identified by draft analysts as a good fit with Chip Kelly's offense due to his athleticism. (Never gets old, right?) And while I have no issue with the Eagles going offensive tackle at No. 4, this feels high for Johnson with defensive guys like Dion Jordan and Star Lotulelei still on the board. If Fisher or Joeckel is there, I think they'll bite. But if those guys are gone, I'm thinking defense for the Eagles at No. 4.

18. Dallas Cowboys: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri.

Look. Basically, I've decided I'm not going to believe in this historic first-round run on offensive linemen until I see it. Todd has six offensive linemen being taken in the top 15, which has not happened since 1966. And while I acknowledge that this is a somewhat unique draft devoid of Andrew Luck/Robert Griffin III/Trent Richardson-type skill position talent at the top, I still feel like somebody's going to draft a quarterback or two earlier than we think they should. Three days before the 2011 NFL draft, you couldn't find a mock that had Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder all going in the top 12, and yet there they all went.

Some of the teams drafting in the first half of the first round are doing so every year, and you don't become one of those teams by making good decisions on draft day. The Cowboys need an offensive lineman badly in the first round, and while I respect the heck out of Todd's work and Mel Kiper's work, I'm leaning on history for my belief that one of the top six offensive linemen will be there for Dallas to take at 18. If not, absolutely a three-technique defensive lineman is a great pick here as long as they're going to grab a guard in Round 2. I just don't think it comes to that.

19. New York Giants: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston.

Well, here's a new name for the Giants. I like what Todd's doing here, applying a big pile of history that tells us the Giants don't like to take linebackers and offensive linemen in the first round and identifying a position they do, historically, consider worthy of a first-round pick. In this mock, Hayden is the third defensive back off the board, following Alabama corner Dee Milliner (to Tennessee at 10) and Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro (to St. Louis at 16). I don't know how the Giants have him rated vis-a-vis guys like Desmond Trufant and Xavier Rhodes, but in no way should anyone be surprised if they take a cornerback here.

Unfortunately for Redskins fans, still only the first round. But here's a look at who Todd McShay is picking for the other three NFC East teams in his newest mock draft Insider, hot off the presses.

18. Dallas Cowboys: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama.

My take: Anyone else get the sense that Alabama's running a good program these days? Anyway, this is the dream-come-true pick for the Cowboys. Some have said Warmack is the best offensive lineman, regardless of position, in the entire draft. If he's there at 18, the Cowboys run to the podium. They need to get an offensive lineman in the first round, and while people keep asking me, "Well, what if the top five guys are all gone by 18?," it's worth mentioning that only once in the past 15 drafts (2008) have five offensive linemen gone in the first 17 picks.

The NFL draft is tonight, of course it is, and we have the final mock drafts from Todd McShay and Mel Kiper. No surprises here, both of our draft experts have the Cowboys taking Alabama safety Mark Barron.

Here's McShay's final first-round mock draft:

You have to be an ESPN Insider to get this, but we'll give you all the picks by McShay.

Michael Brockers, LSU, DT, first round.
Janoris Jenkins, Alabama, CB, second round.
Joe Adams, Arkansas, WR, third round
Akiem Hicks, Regina (Canada), DT, fourth round
James Hanna, Oklahoma, TE, fourth round
Senio Kelemete, Washington, fifth round
Chris Rainey, Florida, RB, sixth round
Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt, OLB, seventh round

Kiper doesn't do the complete draft, but here's his final mock. He has the Cowboys taking North Carolina DE Quinton Coples at No. 14.

It wouldn't be a draft without the Big Board. Here's Kiper's.

How trades could impact first round

April, 23, 2012

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay looks at how potential first-round trades could impact several teams, including the Cowboys.
The NFL Mock Drafts are coming on pretty strong now, especially with the 2011 NFL season ending on Sunday night.

Todd McShay's Mock Draft has the Cowboys taking troubled cornerback Janoris Jenkins from North Alabama. He was kicked off the team at Florida for various offenses.

Jenkins performed well during Senior Bowl practices but his off-the-field issues make him a risk.

Here's what McShay had to say about Jenkins: "Corner is a top need area, and Jenkins proved at the Senior Bowl that he's still an elite cover corner after spending a year at the Division II level. Dallas will need to get comfortable with his character issues, though, including legal issues that led to his dismissal from the Florida program."

It will be interesting to see if the Cowboys go that route. Jerry Jones isn't fond of players with drug issues and Jason Garrett doesn't want players with off-the-field problems in his locker room. While he wasn't against the Cowboys drafting Dez Bryant, he wasn't the head coach, Wade Phillips was, so he didn't have the final say.

Now Garrett does.

Jenkins has said he's willing to tell all about his troubles at Florida.

Mel Kiper's first Mock Draft had the Cowboys taking Stanford guard David DeCastro, but McShay has DeCastro going to Arizona at No. 13.

Here's McShay's first round. You have to be an ESPN Insider to view it.

Mock drafts are split on Cowboys pick

April, 28, 2011
The NFL draft is about 10 hours away or in the Cowboys' case maybe 11 hours away with the ninth pick of the first round. It seems after reviewing several mock drafts this morning, the Cowboys are projected to take an offensive lineman.

Here are the mock drafts:

Bryan Broadus, ESPN Dallas picks Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College

Mel Kiper, ESPN, chooses Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal.
UPDATE: Mel has hedged his pick, saying he thinks the Cowboys will now take USC OT Tyron Smith.

Todd McShay, ESPN, selects J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

Don Banks, SI, likes Tyron Smith, T, USC

Mike Maylock, NFL.com, also likes Tyron Smith, T, USC

(One note, Pat Kirwan, Steve Wyche and Bucky Brooks of NFL.com all picked Smith as well in their final mock drafts)

Rob Rang, NFLDraft Scout, projects Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College

(Chad Reuter of NFLDraft Scout is picking Smith)

Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News picks Smith and Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram selects Castonzo. One note, you must be an ESPN Insider to read Kiper and McShay's mock drafts. Please check it out, it's worth the time and effort.
Had your fill of NFL mock drafts? Not Todd McShay. He's already started on 2011. In fact, he's already projected the Cowboys' 26th pick -- North Carolina safety Deunta Williams. To see how his Insider mock draft plays out, click here.

Guard visiting Valley Ranch on Tuesday

March, 29, 2010
One of the top offensive linemen in the draft, and probably the best guard, Mike Iupati will visit Valley Ranch on Tuesday.

Iupati will get to Dallas after a visit with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Cowboys' starting left guard, Kyle Kosier, is in the last year of his contract, and a replacement is needed should the Cowboys go in another direction.

Leonard Davis is the starting right guard and seems comfortable at that spot.

However, we asked Jerry Jones last week at the owners meetings if tackle Pat McQuistan can play at guard and he said yes, but the team prefers to leave him at tackle.

Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have Iupati going a little higher than 27 in their mock drafts, where the Cowboys draft, but the team wants to prepare itself should it move up in the draft.

Drafting a wide receiver in first round

March, 19, 2010
There is speculation regarding what the Cowboys will do in the first round of the draft.

Drafting a wide receiver in the first round appears doubtful, seeing the Cowboys haven't done it since they took Alvin Harper in the 1991 draft, as the 12th overall selection. (That same year, the Cowboys took Russell Maryland, No. 1 overall.)Dez Bryant, according to his agent, Eugene Parker, will visit Valley Ranch on April 1. Now this doesn't mean the Cowboys will draft him in the first round. Bryant is projected as the first wideout taken in 2010. But taking a wide receiver in the first round has its issues.

"On wide receivers there are more busts in the first round than the majority of other positions," ESPN's Todd McShay said. "That’s reason No. 1. Reason No. 2 is almost more important to me, is that it is not one of the positions of value. If you’re drafting in the first round, especially high in the first round, when the money is so overwhelming and can cripple you if you make a mistake. Or even if you get a solid player in a position that’s not one of ‘the big fours’ as I like to call it, I really think it can set your organization back."

Jerry Jones doesn't like to do it for financial reasons, we understand that. Why kick out big money to a wide receiver when you can't get a return on it until three or maybe four years down the line.

Now this not to say the Cowboys are not interested in drafting a wide receiver. Arrelious Benn, Demaryius Thomas and Carlton Mitchell are some of the names being thrown out among agents that the Cowboys are targeting.

Will it happen in the later rounds of the draft? Stay tuned.
To say Jerry Jones likes to move around is an understatement. Since he's owned the Cowboys, Jones has made more than 50 draft-day trades

However, with no salary cap in place for the 2010 season, we wonder if Jones will be as active this year, especially with him drafting in the bottom half of the first round.

"It's money. It really is. It all has to do with money and fitting within the salary cap," ESPN's Todd McShay said "Basically if there's going to be an adjustment, it should be in the top seven to 10 picks."

Jones said money isn't an issue for him. We believe him since he kicked out $7 million for a boxing match last week. He is under a budget, and that'll dictate whether or not he wants to move up in the first round and pay some picks or even go after some free agents.

Dez Bryant to the Cowboys at No. 27

March, 15, 2010
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com did his latest mock draft and he's got Oklahoma State wide recevier Dez Bryant going to the Cowboys at No. 27.

It's a surprise here because we thought, or think, Bryant will go much higher in the draft.

Our own draft experts, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have Bryant going Denver at No. 11, but are split on what the Cowboys might do.

Kiper has safety Earl Thomas going to the Cowboys while McShay has tackle Charles Brown being available at No. 27.

Kiper & McShay's draft lab: WRs, TEs

February, 17, 2010
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay give you their top wide receivers and tight ends in the upcoming NFL Draft.