I’ve never put much stock in mock drafts. Here’s why:
Less than a month before the NFL holds its annual selection process in New York there are as many as 30 mock drafts from experts, broadcasters, former players and various websites. And of those 30 how many different players are predicted to be drafted by your Cowboys?
Truth? Nobody other than defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has a clue what the Cowboys are going to do with the 16th pick. Other than they will – almost assuredly, right? – take a defensive player.
If you had to have a “consensus” pick from the mock drafters, it’s Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. Seven of the 30 mocks had the Cowboys taking him, followed by Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald (six), Louisville safety Calvin Pryor (four) and UCLA defensive end Anthony Barr (three).
Any of those picks make sense, as the Cowboys need help both along the front four and the back two. But don’t be shocked if of the 11 names on the current mock drafts, none of them is on the card the Cowboys hand in on May 8.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.