Mock drafts are funny things, in that very few people have the inside info on more than one team (if that) and rarely the goods on team wishes. A lot of times, that's why I prefer sites like Drafttek because they don't attempt to get into the heads of the GMs of each team, they attempt to assign value to the needs of each team and then make picks based on which players are better fits to fill the most needs throughout the draft.
But that doesn't mean that the typical mock draft isn't fun, far from it! The typical mock opens the mind to the various outcomes one can see on draft day; knowing that there isn't one true scenario that captures the future.
The BTB front page writer's mock just concluded it's first round, and with it, gave a bit of a view on what we could see come April 27th.
The writer in charge of Dallas' pick made a bold move and traded down, all the way to 24 with Pittsburgh, and all of a sudden talk of Dallas trading down in real life started picking up steam. Dropping 10 spots is dangerous because a team rarely has that many players with similar grades, meaning the move would cost Dallas a player at a higher tier.
Dallas was still able to get a player often linked to them, Fletcher Cox, at 24 and picked up a second and fifth round pick to boot.
Another thing that this particular mock showed us was that three quarterbacks being picked in the Top 10 is a possibility, pushing a highly ranked prospect down a bit. There were seven edge rushers selected in the first round, so if Dallas wants to make a big impact there, it may look to do it in the first, instead of picking from the next tier in the second round. Here's a look at the positional breakdown for the mock:
For a complete look at how the first round broke down, check out the conclusive post for the top 32 picks here.
For more on the Cowboys' draft plans, check out Blogging The Boys.