Dallas Cowboys

On the clock: Baltimore Ravens, Pick: 7.32


General Manager: @bigdkey19

PickOverallChoiceNotes
1.1818Cornellius Carradine, DE
from Florida State
After the trade fell through with Cincinnati, I was torn between Cyprien and Carradine. However, I believe Carradine is the better player and in true Cowboys fashion, I'm going to take the injury-driven "value pick." Assuming Anthony Spencer walks in Free Agency, DE is a massive need, and even if he doesn't walk, I have no problem with using Tank to spell an injured and increasingly-injured DeMarcus Ware to try and lengthen his career. I don't believe Dallas will take an OG in the 1st Round, so that really wasn't much of a consideration for me, either.
2.1747Sylvester Williams, DT
from North Carolina
Dallas is thrilled that Sylvester Williams (a 1st Round-graded player) made it to their pick in the 2nd Round. Between an aging and declining Jay Ratliff and the loss of the underrated Josh Brent, Dallas was hurting pretty badly at DT. Adding Williams gives the team a legitimate heir to fill the big shoes Ratliff wore during his prime. And with Ratliff being a potential cap casualty this offseason, they need help now as well as down the road at the position. Williams and Cornellius Carradine will be the new pillars of the Dallas DL for years to come.
3.1880Travis Frederick, C
from Wisconsin
Dallas Thomas was the clear leader in the clubhouse amongst Dallas' group of candidates for this pick, and the War Room groaned when the Dolphins took him right in front of their noses. At that point, a big debate began over who the pick should be here. In the end, Dallas decided on the Wisconsin product over Syracuse's Justin Pugh. Frederick fits at Center and immediately improves what was has been a subpar interior OL group for too long. Though they missed on their top target here, Dallas is thrilled to have come away with three immediate impact starters through the Draft's first three rounds.
4.21115Montee Ball, RB
from Wisconsin
Dallas traded down four spots from their original 4th Round spot because they wanted to add a 7th and thought their main target (OLB Keith Pough) would still be there when they got on the clock. Unfortunately, their trading partner was actually moving up for Pough, so they were forced to look elsewhere. After evaluating the long list of needs still unaddressed, Dallas decided that the strongest prospect still on the board was Wisconsin RB Montee Ball. Dallas likes their incumbent lead RB DeMarco Murray, but they also recognize that their Offense crumbles when he invariably misses games. Ball not only gives Dallas the ability to spell Murray more than ever before (which should help maintain his health), but he also gives them someone they can trust to carry the load in the event of Murray's absence. Dallas understands that signing RBs to second contracts is becoming more of a uncommon practice in today's NFL, so Ball's potential down-the-road issues stemming from very high usage in college are overblown. They're confident he can play out his rookie deal, and anything beyond that will be considered a bonus.
5.18144Tavarres King, WR
from Georgia
Even with the emergence of Dez Bryant this past season, WR is a need position for Dallas. King is not a blazer, but he runs smooth routes and can still work up the field as a result. He should have no trouble filling in for the soon-to-be-departed Kevin Ogletree, whose poor route-running resulted in multiple Interceptions this past season. King, like Ogletree, struggles to consistently catch the ball, but just being in the right spot to be able to get his hands on the ball is significantly better than being in the wrong spot and having the ball end up in a defender's hands. King ideally will be able to develop before getting significant playing time, but in the event that Dez or Miles Austin become unavailable at any point in 2013, King should be able to help the other depth WRs pick up the slack.
6.17175Gerald Hodges, OLB
from Penn State
Dallas is very happy that a player of Hodges' quality fell to them in the 6th Round. Without a solidified starter in place at SLB as the team transitions to its new 4-3 scheme, Hodges will have a real shot to come in and compete for serious playing time in that spot as a rookie. Worst-case scenario, he adds valuable depth to a LB corps that could use some help in the event that Sean Lee and/or Bruce Carter continue to struggle with injuries.
7.27217Manase Foketi, OT
from West Texas A&M
Dallas concludes their Draft by picking Foketi, who will be the team's next "project" OT. With questions about Doug Free's future with the team, OT is a significant need position. If Free is cut and current backup/part-time starter OT Jeremy Parnell becomes the incumbent starter at RT, there will really be no OT depth left on the team whatsoever. Ideally, Foketi is given time to develop, possibly on the Practice Squad, and hopefully becomes a viable RT. Worst-case scenario, he's at least a fairly talented guy who in a pinch could take some RT snaps. Dallas also plans to address FB by signing Lonnie Pryor as an Undrafted Free Agent as long he doesn't get picked.

Trade Details
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4.21#MockOne: from Falcons for pick(s): 4.17 from Bengals for pick(s): 1.30,5.30
7.27#MockOne: from Falcons for pick(s): 4.17 from Texans for pick(s): 2.30,6.30 2013: rd4