Posted: 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013
By David Fucillo
We're on to the fifteenth pick of the second round, No. 47 overall in the 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft. If you missed parts of the first round, check out our entire rundown.
The Dallas Cowboys are now on the clock, and their Niners Nation GM is albert.55.With the forty-seventh pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cowboys select Barrett Jones, C, Alabama.
Explanation: I was torn on which position to fill for the Cowboys second round pick. It was either Safety and another O line and with the Rams selecting Reid that made my decision much easier.
As a 49ers fan this decision kills me because I'm giving them two great offensive linemen that can start from day one and with these picks while not sexy will push the Cowboys to the front of their division.
Barrett Jones is not the most athletic offensive lineman in the draft. In fact his athleticism and strength aren't eye popping in any way, shape, or form. What he does have are versatility and fundamentals. In college, he played at all five positions starting at right guard then being moved to left tackle in the next year while being moved once again to center for his senior year. He lead the best Offensive line in college and considering that the talks are of two of his line brothers might be taken in the first round that says something about his intangibles and skills. I don't believe there currently is a more versatile lineman in this year's draft that can do and did what Barrett jones has already done.
An Offensive line needs chemistry, trust, and camaraderie. D.J. Fluker and Barrett Jones have built theres through college in which they have helped win multiple championships together. If they bring that to the Cowboys then they will be a force to be reckoned with.
Trevor Woods: It is very interesting what Albert has done with his first two picks for the Cowboys. He's improved their offensive line a heck of a lot by drafting two Alabama offensive lineman. Barrett Jones is going to be a fine NFL Center for years to come. As Albert pointed out, Jones isn't necessarily the strongest center, but where he lacks strength he has a high Football I.Q. Look for Jones and Fluker to give Tony Romo some extra time to operate, and to really improve the Cowboys running attack.
Nick Chiamardas: Not a bad pick although I think Jones would have been available when the Cowboys pick in the third round. Jones provides an instant leader for an offensive line that desperately needs one. The 'Boys did just sign Mackenzy Berandau to a four-year $11 million deal in hopes he could line up at center. But Bernadeau is injury prone so a guy like Jones could come in quite handy. Jones or Berandau could slide over and play guard as well. If the Cowboys do address the offensive line again at 47, I'd expect it to be guard Larry Warford. The Cowboys also have needs along the defensive front as they've recently switched to 4-3. With guys like Jesse Williams and Kawann Short still on the board, it would make sense if DT was the selection.
Niners Nation Mock Draft, Round 1