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Mock Draft 3.0: Murray no longer No. 1 and Cowboys get a coveted safety, tight end

For the Star-Telegram Mock Draft 3.0, we used the Fan Speak Simulator to generate a seven-round draft based on team needs from an aggregate big board from CBS Sports.

We also take a guess at each pick for the Dallas Cowboys.

The first-round is based on the Fan Speak simulator and is true to the prospect rating, which is why Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa was picked first by the Arizona Cardinals.

Common sense and every reasonable indicator have the Cardinals going with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.

Kliff Kingsbury is going to get his man.

Book it.

But on this draft, Murray goes fourth overall to the Raiders, which would be a coup for coach Jon Gruden.

Also interesting to note is that Missouri’s Drew Lock is the second quarterback taken, going 11th to the Cincinnati Bengals. No other quarterbacks are taken in the first round and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins doesn’t go until the second round to the New York Giants.

Of course, as much as teams insist on taking the best player available, they have to take the best player that fits on their roster.

This is where the Cowboys draft comes in.

The Cowboys don’t have a pick in the first round, thanks to the mid-season trade with the Oakland Raiders to acquire Amari Cooper.

Dallas doesn’t pick until the second round, 58th overall. They also don’t have a pick in the sixth round but they have two in the fourth round.

The Cowboys are certainly at the mercy of the teams picking in front of them so it’s hard for them to target a specific prospect. But it’s well understood that safety is a position of focus in the second round with six pre-draft visitors from that position, including four prospects in top 60.

Suffice it to say, the Cowboys would be quite happy if things turned out the way we picked them.

Here is the first-round mock No. 3 followed by a full draft of seven Cowboys picks:

1. Arizona Cardinals (3-13) – Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

2. San Francisco 49ers (4-12) – Josh Allen, DE, Kentucky

3. New York Jets (4-12) –Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

4. Oakland Raiders (4-12) – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) – Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

6. New York Giants (5-11) – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

7. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) – Ed Oliver, DL, Houston

8. Detroit Lions (6-10) – Devin White, LB, LSU

9. Buffalo Bills (6-10) – Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State

10. Denver Broncos (6-10) – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

11. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10) – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

12. Green Bay Packers (6-9-1) – T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

13. Miami Dolphins (7-9) — Quinnen Williams, DE, Alabama

14. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

15. Washington Redskins (7-9) – Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson

16. Carolina Panthers (7-9) – DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

17. New York Giants (5-11) – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Floria

18. Minnesota Vikings (8-7-1) – Garrett Bradbury, OL, N.C. State

19. Tennessee Titans (9-7) – Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

20. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1) – Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

21. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) – Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

22. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) – Andre Dillard, OT, Washington

23. Houston Texans (11-5) – Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

24. Oakland Raiders (4-12) (from Chicago Bears) – Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

25. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

26. Indianapolis Colts (10-6) – A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi

27. Oakland Raiders (4-12) (from Dallas Cowboys) – Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

28. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4) – Jeffrey Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

29. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) – Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

30. Green Bay Packers (6-9-1) (from New Orleans Saints) – Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma

31. Los Angeles Rams (13-3) – Greg Little, OT, Mississippi

32. New England Patriots (11-5) – Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

Dallas Cowboys (10-6)

Round 2

The Cowboys would be happy with Washington’s Taylor Rapp or Mississippi State’s Jonathan Abram at this spot as well as Thornhill, a three-year starter and former cornerback who has elite athleticism to make plays on the ball.

Round 3


The Cowboys are on the hunt for a complete tight end. Knox should be better in the NFL than college. Already a good run blocker, Knox has the speed to get down the field in the passing game.

Round 4

The Cowboys are looking for a true back up to Ezekiel Elliott. Weber is not an elite back but he’s a good downhill runner and is a reliable pass catcher.


Has attitude issues and didn’t get along with the coaching staff in college but there are no questions about his talent, burst and ability to disrupt.

Round 5

Randall Cobb is on a one-year deal. Hurd is a former running back who can play inside or outside. The Cowboys like his potential for the future.

Round 7

The Cowboys need to look to the future at cornerback. Byron Jones and Anthony Brown are in the final year of their contract.
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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.