The Cowboys desperately need help at cornerback. Morris Claiborne has been a huge disappointment, while Brandon Carr is extremely overpaid. Dallas could target a potential upgrade at the end of the first round.
Marcus Peters has some character issues, as he was dismissed from his college team this past season. However, the Cowboys don't appear to care about off-the-field stuff anymore, so perhaps they'll take a chance on Peters' incredible talent.
Pick change; previously Ronald Darby, CB
Rd. 2, Pk. 28
Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State
The Cowboys have major issues in their secondary, so it shouldn't surprise anyone if they spend multiple picks on upgrades.
Rd. 3, Pk. 27
Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
DeMarco Murray was too expensive to keep, so the plan was for Joseph Randle to become the new starting running back. The problem is that Randle was recently arrested for drug possession and domestic violence, so he could be suspended. If so, Dallas may spend a second-day selection on a back.
Rd. 4, Pk. 28
Tyeler Davison, DT, Fresno State
Dallas' defense was much better than anyone anticipated, but it was exposed during a stretch during the latter part of the season. There are still some weaknesses that need to be addressed - particularly in the interior of the defensive line, where Nick Hayden needs to be upgraded.
Rd. 5, Pk. 27
Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane
The Cowboys addressed both defensive back positions earlier in this mock draft, but they could stand to add more to their secondary.
The Cowboys can start to build up their defensive line to match their strength on the other side of the ball. Rod Marinelli could use more ends and tackles who can get after the quarterback. A three-technique who can collapse the pocket is essential in Marinelli's scheme.
Brown collected 6.5 sacks, 71 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, one pass batted and two forced fumbles in 2014. He was tough to block with a good motor. The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder possesses the size and speed for the NFL. Brown has the agility to close on the quarterback to go along with the ability to shed blocks.
For the second-straight season, Texas was dominated by BYU quarterback Taysom Hill. However, one Longhorns defender showed up and competed to try to change that. Brown had an excellent game with 2.5 sacks, 11 tackles and a forced fumble. It was a breakout performance for the senior.
Rd. 2, Pk. 28
P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
The Cowboys could use some cornerback competition and depth. Williams is a good fit as a Tampa 2 corner.
Williams totaled 10 passes broken up, one interception and 68 tackles in 2014. He had a mixed outing against Clemson and was impressive versus Louisville when he went against DeVante Parker. In the 2014 season opener, Williams had a solid game against Oklahoma State, including a critical forced fumble in the fourth quarter. He is a physical defender, but can get beat as a man corner. Williams would be better off in a scheme that mixes zone and press-man coverage.
The 6-foot, 194-pounder had an excellent debut as a starter in 2013. He was the Defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game as he had seven tackles and a critical fourth-quarter interception that helped spark Florida State's comeback win. The first-year starter totaled 35 tackles with seven passes broken up and three interceptions for the season.
Pick change; previously Preston Smith, DE
Rd. 3, Pk. 27
Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas
The Cowboys grab more defensive end depth and competition.
Flowers totaled 68 tackles with six sacks, 15.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and six passes batted in 2014. He needs to develop more pass-rushing moves for the NFL, but has a skill set to develop.
Flowers (6-4, 268) was a solid contributor over his career as a Razorback. He was a Second-Team All-SEC selection in 2013 after totaling 44 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles, one interception and two passes batted. Flowers recorded 50 tackles and six sacks as a sophomore.
Pick change; previously Kevin White, CB
Rd. 4, Pk. 28
Taiwan Jones, ILB, Michigan State
The Cowboys add some linebacker depth.
Jones (6-3, 245) was a solid defender for the Spartans over the past few years. He had 60 tackles, 12.5 for a loss, four sacks and an interception as a senior. At the East-West Shrine, Jones had an excellent week to really help himself. He showed quickness and the agility to function in pass coverage.
Jones also has the size to be a tough run-defender. He could use more development, but he has three-down starting potential.
A DE would be nice right here for Dallas, even with the addition of Hardy. Hardy still could miss the 1st 6 games possibly. With Murray not returning and the only RB they brought in being DMC, I'm giving them Gordon. With the size of the holes the DAL OL produces and Gordon's speed, this is a great fit. I think any RB can produce behind that OL but Gordon could set records.
Jerry Jones loves the big name and popular stars. With Murray on his way out the door, they can't rely on Randle or Dunbar to even come close to Murray's production. This guy is a truck and has a fantastic ability to convert speed to power. Drawing comparison to Marshawn Lynch, I see Jerry Jones and the Cowboys community instantly falling in love with him.
The Cowboys signed Greg Hardy in FA, but DE is still a need. So is DT. Looking at who is available, Goldman would be a great choice to play DT. He would be the run-stuffing DT that the Cowboys need next to Tyrone Crawford, and Goldman is versatile enough to play either DT position if needed.