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SBN Mock Draft: Pick No. 22

No. 22

Pick by Blogging The Boys

Aaron Ross

The gentleman from Big D's Blogging the Boys, Grizz, talks about their in-state recruit for the blue star:

The Dallas Cowboys filled their glaring holes in free agency so it's doubtful any pick taken at #22 would crack the starting lineup in 2007. But they have a few areas that could be troublesome down the road.

WR - Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens aren't getting any younger, so WR was a consideration. Dwayne Bowe and Ted Ginn, Jr. were tempting at this spot, but WR is a depth position in this draft and besides Calvin Johnson no one is a sure thing. For these reasons I'm gambling on getting a WR in later rounds.

OL - Depth and the impending free agency of LT Flozell Adams makes this another spot that could use some help. While there are some good interior guys left on the board, once again I'll wait and see if I can pick up a lineman down the road.

NT - Jason Ferguson needs a backup, but with Branch and Okoye already chosen, there isn't a player with a high enough grade to choose at this spot.

LB - Dallas runs the 3-4, so you can never have enough attacking linebackers. But this is too early to jump on one when we have a lot of talent already on the roster at this position.

CB - This is the spot where I thought the #22 pick of Aaron Ross made the most sense. Our #1 CB Terence Newman is a free agent after this year, and while I'm sure the Cowboys will make every effort to re-sign him, you never know what can happen in free agency. The other starter, Anthony Henry, has been serviceable but continues to get nagging injuries that slow him down and he is getting up there in age. Also, nickel corner Aaron Glenn is ancient by NFL standards at CB and had trouble in coverage down the stretch last season. Aaron Ross could possibly challenge Glenn at nickel corner this year, he can take over the punt return duties from starter Terence Newman - who almost got decapitated on a couple of occasions - and provides insurance should we lose Newman next year or decide Henry can't cut it anymore at the other CB spot.

Kansas City, get on that clock over there. Arrowhead Pride will check in after I get some sleep, which I've been told I might enjoy.