We're up to the 27th pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, and this selection belongs to a team that we've heard way, way too much about in Viking-land this offseason, the Dallas Cowboys. While the Cowboys have lost a couple of pieces this offseason, they're still a pretty solid club, and have a couple of different directions they can go with this pick. General Manager paulser21 decides to shore up the defensive side of the ball, and he doesn't have to travel terribly far to do so.
With the 27th pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select. . .
Malcom Brown, defensive tackle, University of Texas
Here's what paulser21 had to say about the selection.
Dallas has several needs to address but unfortunately I have seen a couple of my key guys get drafted in front of me in Trae Waynes (Steelers) and Landon Collins (Eagles). I am also surprised to have watched Marcus Peters (Minnesota) go so early as I had him penciled in as a possible pick early in this draft process. So I moved on to yet another team need on the defensive line.
Dallas currently has Tyrone Crawford playing the 3 technique position after being moved from DE this past season but Dallas is still trying to figure out what they have in him. The NT position is currently being manned by Nick Hayden. Hayden is your "lunch pail" type player who is very consistent (led Dallas DL in tackles with 52 last seasons) but has only 2 career sacks in 60 games. Due to Hayden being a two down player on a 1 year contract I am looking for a more disruptive, long term answer to this position.
Enter Malcom Brown.
Malcom Brown is an absolute monster at the DT position. At 6-2, 320 pounds he has the speed and quickness to play the 3 technique and the size and strength to play the nose tackle position. Brown consistently requires double teams and finds his way into the backfield often. In 2014 he showed off his ability to penetrate beyond the line of scrimmage by amassing 6.5 sacks, and 14 tackles for loss while racking up 71 tackles.
Adding Brown benefits the Dallas defense in multiple ways and should help out a group that had problems getting to the quarterback last season as they only managed 28 QB sacks (ranked 28th in the league).
Other than misspelling Malcom every time I've typed it in this post so far, there isn't much to dislike about this selection. The Cowboys, surprisingly, had one of the better defenses in the league last season, but adding a player like Brown that can fit in a rotation like the one paulser describes would be very beneficial for them. They had difficulty getting after opposing quarterbacks in 2014, and Brown could immediately step in as a part-time pass rusher (if not more) and help to remedy that problem pretty quickly. He's moved up draft boards quite a bit during the pre-draft process, and it's easy to see why. Solid get for the Cowboys here, in my opinion.
What do you think of this selection, folks?
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||kwarren3||Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon|
|2||Tennessee Titans||BVB fan||Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||n s||Leonard Williams, DT, Southern Cal|
|4||Oakland Raiders||DrivableGuide9||Dante Fowler, DE, Florida|
|5||Washington Redskins||tep4||Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson|
|6||New York Jets||cycloneallnightlong||Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State|
|7||Chicago Bears||lateefthetruthspeaker||Danny Shelton, DT, Washington|
|8||Atlanta Falcons||berg03||Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky|
|9||New York Giants||thecraphead||Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska|
|10||St. Louis Rams||VikesFanatic||La'el Collins, OL, LSU|
|11||Minnesota Vikings||e.vogel15||Marcus Peters, CB, Washington|
|12||Cleveland Browns||Wayne Joseph||Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia|
|13||New Orleans Saints||Austin Blanch||Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa|
|14||Miami Dolphins||SkolChad||DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||Malte||Kevin White, WR, West Virginia|
|16||Houston Texans||Vikes4lyfe||Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)|
|17||San Diego Chargers||MDFDisc||D.J. Humphries, OL, Florida|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||Christopher Gates||Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri|
|19||Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo)||Wayne Joseph||Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota|
|20||Philadelphia Eagles||AVeazey24||Landon Collins, S, Alabama|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||misterloveSKOL||Shane Ray, DE, Missouri|
|22||Pittsburgh Steelers||Typically Lazy||Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State|
|23||Detroit Lions||just_rob||Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford|
|24||Arizona Cardinals||Siberia101||Jalen Collins, CB, LSU|
|25||Carolina Panthers||Christopher Gates||T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh|
|26||Baltimore Ravens||lmoe12||Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida|
|27||Dallas Cowboys||paulser21||Malcom Brown, DT, Texas|
|30||Green Bay Packers||CCHOF5yearstoolate|
|31||New Orleans Saints (from Seattle)||Austin Blanch|
|32||New England Patriots||raging_cloner|