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Cowboys get different corner as Mel Kiper shakes up NFL mock draft

Florida defensive backs Jalen Tabor (31) and Vernon Hargreaves III, left, and celebrate after defeating Georgia 27-3 in in Jacksonville, Fla. ESPN’s Mel Kiper on Wednesday slotted him to go to the Dallas Cowboys with the No. 28 pick. Tabor announced on The Players’ Tribune his decision to forgo his final year in college and declare for the NFL Draft, saying goodbye to the Gators in a lengthy letter in which he thanked coaches, teammates, two academic advisers, former athletic director Jeremy Foley and fans.
Florida defensive backs Jalen Tabor (31) and Vernon Hargreaves III, left, and celebrate after defeating Georgia 27-3 in in Jacksonville, Fla. ESPN’s Mel Kiper on Wednesday slotted him to go to the Dallas Cowboys with the No. 28 pick. Tabor announced on The Players’ Tribune his decision to forgo his final year in college and declare for the NFL Draft, saying goodbye to the Gators in a lengthy letter in which he thanked coaches, teammates, two academic advisers, former athletic director Jeremy Foley and fans. AP

Mel Kiper went a little rogue in his Version 2.0 of his 2017 NFL mock draft.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper, a founding father of NFL mock drafts, goes a different route in his NFL draft selections. The Dallas Cowboys are assigned Florida Gators cornerback Jalen “Teez” Tabor.

His ESPN colleague, Todd McShay, put Alabama linebackar and edge rusher Tim Williams in the Cowboys’ basket with the No. 28.

Williams isn’t in Kiper’s first round.

McShay had Tabor going No. 14 to the Cowboys’ NFC East rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. Kiper evidently sees Tabor’s stock falling after slotting him at No. 13 in his first mock.

Washington cornerback Sidney Jones was Kiper’s picks at 28 for the Cowboys in his first mock. Jones rises to No. 16 and the Baltimore Ravens in Mock 2.

Kiper on Tabor for the Cowboys:

“The Cowboys could see some turnover at cornerback, and teams that need to hold leads can’t be short at the position. Tabor could clean some things up in his technique, but he’s a playmaker with good ball skills, and he flashes great anticipation. Dallas needs corners and pass-rushers, and Tabor is a fit in this range.”

The Cowboys’ unrestricted free agents include starting cornerback Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, a starter before he was injured. The free-agent market opens March 9.

Tabor’s fellow Florida cornerback, Quincy Wilson, a Cowboy pick in some mock drafts, is the Oakland Raiders’ No. 24 picks for Kiper.

NFL.com’s Mike Mayock rates cornerbacks in his position rankings this way: 1. Sidney Jones, Washington; 2. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State; 3. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama; 4. Teez Tabor, Florida; 5. Tre’Davious White, LSU

Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton, slotted to the Cowboys in some mock drafts, goes No. 8 to the Carolina Panthers for Kiper.

Kiper sticks with Arlington Martin and Texas A&M edge rusher Myles Garrett at No. 1 to the Cleveland Browns. “I’ve made a bunch of changes in this mock from the 1.0 version. This isn’t one of them,” Kiper wrote.

Rookies Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott emerge as stars during an 11-game win streak, leading to a 13-3 regular-season record. But a gut-wrenching divisional-round loss to the Packers kept the Cowboys from advancing in the post season.

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