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