COMMENTARY | The Dallas Cowboys should have a plethora of options when it's their turn to pick at No. 18 in next Thursday's NFL Draft.
After that, it's anybody's guess.
Oh, what an adventure we've embarked on since March. While I may be off on a few of my predictions, we know two things for sure:
1) Montee Ball won't be a first-round pick.
2) As time ticks down to April 25, there is still no clear-cut choice as to who Dallas will pick in the first round.
When taking a look at the teams picking from 10-20, it's a crapshoot on who will go where. That's probably why mock drafts are so fun. If analysts are right, we like to hog all the glory and jump in our seats like little school girls.
If we're wrong, who really cares? Except the readers, of course.
With that being said, the following views on who the Cowboys should take with their (for now) six draft picks are mine, and mine alone. If you question my stupidity, I thank you very much for taking the time to comment on my stupidity.
Who knows? Maybe you can be the one to re-convince me that Ball is a first-round pick.
Without further ado, here's my 2013 Dallas Cowboys NFL Mock Draft.
1st round, No. 18: Chance Warmack, G - AlabamaThe offensive line does need to be addressed here, hopefully sooner than later.
Good news, though, is if Dallas decides to go with a guy like Kenny Vaccaro, Ziggy Ansah, Sheldon Richardson or Bjoern Werner, there's plenty of offensive linemen to take in this draft.
Warmack, however, becomes an interior starter for Dallas the minute he's drafted. The 317-pound mauler for the Crimson Tide has been bouncing around draft boards the last number of weeks, with some have him going in the top-10.
His size and athleticism have most scouts drooling for someone who could play 12-15 years in the NFL, be a multiple-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro. Warmack would be a great fit to open holes in the running game and keep Tony Romo upright.
2nd round, No. 47: Eric Reid, S - LSU
If the Cowboys have a chance to address the secondary by drafting a Tiger for the second year in a row, they should consider it.
Reid has good size for a safety at 6-foot-1 and 213 pounds. Add that in with his aggressiveness in coverage, and Dallas may have its replacement for Gerald Sensabaugh.
That's one knock on him, though: There are times he plays too aggressive, plus he was one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the SEC. You can make the case for either Reid or Matt Elam from Florida with this pick.
Reid's ability to play centerfield and contest those 50-50 balls are intriguing enough to make him too hard to pass up. Perhaps there's a chance Monte Kiffin can calm him down just a bit.
3rd round, No. 80: Marcus Lattimore, RB - South Carolina
Yes, I'm on the bandwagon.
I truly believe that somehow, someway, Marcus Lattimore is going to have a productive NFL career. Will he be the featured back on a team? Probably not right away, but I think this pick is based more on heart than head.
I look at guys like Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson who dealt with the same type of injury. Again, it's too early to put the label of "franchise-caliber running back" on a guy who has had this type of injury twice.
I'd still take a risk on him. He's either going third or fourth round, and if we're talking about a low-risk, high-reward situation, Lattimore fits the bill.
He doesn't have good breakaway speed, but he's very elusive and has good balance after the first and second hit. He'd be a decent backup to DeMarco Murray after going through a full year of getting back into the feel of the game.
In two years, who knows what his future holds?
4th round, No. 114: Brandon Williams, DT - Missouri Southern State
Williams has been labeled as one of those late-round gems that you can't pass up, even if he did come from a school that I didn't know existed until a couple of months ago.
Weighing in at a staggering 335 pounds, Williams has good lateral movement while being one of the strongest defensive tackles to come out of the draft.
He's also one of those tackles that can stop the run as well as get to the quarterback. With Jay Ratliff attached with questions on if he can sustain long enough as a 4-3 defensive tackle, putting someone next to him that weighs 30 pounds heavier is a good help.
Williams would be a gem here in the middle of the fourth round if he fell this far.
5th round, No. 151: Nick Kasa, TE - Colorado
Jason WItten is one of the best tight ends ever, and James Hanna might be a diamond in the rough as the second option.
The Cowboys could use a third tight end who can be primarily used as a blocker, and that's where Kasa comes in. He's still developing as a receiver, but his 263-pound frame rivals that of Witten and he is a productive run blocker.
Kasa ran a 4.7 40-yard at the combine, so he does possess decent straight-line speed, but isn't quick on his feet. It'll be awhile before he challenges Hanna for the second tight end spot, but he could do a lot of the little things for the Cowboys.
And there's a lot of those to fill.
6th round, No. 185: Eric Herman, G - Ohio
Take your pick with this one: Guard or tackle.
Herman started 51 straight games for the Bobcats throughout his four-year career, and to add to his durability, he's a good run blocker. Ohio running back Beau Blankenship set a school record with over 1,600 rushing yards last year.
He'd be someone who would compete right away for that other guard spot by default. He wouldn't be a bad choice if the Cowboys took him here.
Who do you have in your mock draft? Were these picks right or do you have a gripe about one ... or two ... or three of them? Let your voice be heard in the comments section or reach me on Twitter.
Danny Webster is a featured columnist for the Dallas Cowboys. You can get in contact with him by finding @DannyWebster21 on Twitter.
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