Daily Archives: April 19th, 2012

YOU’RE ON THE CLOCK: Draft Guru Mel Kiper makes his Dallas Cowboy picks … we’d rather here YOUR PICKS!

Draft Guru Mel Kiper - The Boys Are Back blog

Who could make heads or tails of the NFL Draft if Mel Kiper didn’t go back two days later to grade every team’s selections? An “A Grade” draft in Kiper’s eyes typically equates to at least one Super Bowl win.

So, the ESPN guru has done teams a favor this year, outlining exactly who they should pick in order to receive that coveted “A” mark.

Kiper’s best-case-scenario picks for the entire NFC East are available right here. His top three selections for your Dallas Cowboys are:

Round 1: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Round 2: Andre Branch, OLB, Clemson

Round 3: Justin Bethel, CB, Presbyterian

Cowboys fans would probably do flips over the first two picks, but the selection of a small school defensive back might ruffle some feathers.

In 2010, fourth-round safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah of Indiana (Pa.) was one of Kiper’s best players available when he was selected by the Cowboys. A year and a half later, he was off the team.

TBAB comment: Mel Kiper has made his picks for the Dallas Cowboys. I thought it would be much more interesting to hear YOUR mock draft. Who should the ‘Boys pick with their first three picks? Leave a comment. My picks are below:

Round 1:

Quinton Coples #1 ranked DE North Carolina Sr 6-6 284 (if available)

Michael Brockers #1 ranked DT LSU rSo 6-6 322 (if available)

Dre Kirkpatrick #2 ranked CB Alabama Jr. 6-2 186 (my favorite, if available)

Dontari Poe #2 ranked DT Memphis rJr 6-4 346 (if available)

David DeCastro #1 ranked OG Stanford rJr 6-5 316 (trade down, or select him)

Luke Kuechly #1 ranked ILB Boston College Jr 6-3 242 (trade down, or select him)

Round 2:

Coby Fleener #1 ranked TE Stanford rSr 6-6 247 (if available)

Dont’a Hightower #2 ranked ILB Alabama rJr 6-2 265 (if available)

Peter Konz #1 ranked C Wisconsin rJr 6-5 314 (if available)

Dwayne Allen #2 ranked TE Clemson rJr 6-3 255 (if available)

Round 3:

Harrison Smith #2 ranked SS Notre Dame rSr 6-2 213 (if available)

George Iloka #1 ranked FS Boise State Sr 6-4 225 (if available)

Markelle Martin #2 ranked FS Oklahoma State rSr 6-1 207 (if available)

Ben Jones #2 ranked C Georgia Sr 6-2 303 (if available)

JASON WITTEN: Tony Romo sends a message by skipping attempt at U.S. Open

Tony Romo isn’t going to try to make the U.S. Open. The news that he had entered a local qualifying tournament turned out to be the result of a misunderstanding.

But either way, whether he was out by intent or by accident, it looks good for Romo to be concentrating on football, says his good friend, tight end Jason Witten.

“I don’t think anybody has doubted his dedication, but I do think there is a perception that goes along with that,” the seven-time Pro Bowl tight end said. “And there’s something to be said for that. I don’t think that takes anything away from what he does on the football field. He is the first one in and the last one to leave. He has been that way for a long time.”

Romo is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, statistically. He threw for 4,184 yards, third-highest of his career, and had a 31-to-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio, the best of his career. He had a 66.3 percent completion rate, the second-highest of his career.

“I believe he will put us in position to be successful this year,” Witten said. “He is an elite quarterback. Until he wins a championship, until we do that, the critics are going to come. The thing about him, he is so far past that. He knows he has one goal. He is all into doing that.”

Witten said Romo’s decision will have a positive consequence.

“No question, it trickles down,” he said. “It starts at the top. You show that commitment, there is no doubt about it. It trickles down. I think he’s definitely the leader of that group, to send that message.”

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