Mike Mayock, draft analyst for NFL Network, is not the general manager of the Dallas Cowboys. Only one man will hold that job title as long as Jerry Jones owns the team and controls the personnel issues as the Cowboys’ GM.
But if Mayock was in charge of draft day in Dallas, he suggested today that he’d use the 18th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on an offensive lineman.
“I think if you’re the Cowboys, you’ve got to protect Tony Romo better than you have. First and foremost, that would be my contention,” Mayock said at the conclusion of Texas A&M’s pro day session in College Station.
Mayock also said the Cowboys are well-positioned to pick up a more impactful player with the No. 18 pick than in most seasons because there is a lot of depth in the first round and no clear-cut player at the top.
“This draft is so different. If you’re a playoff team or you’re the Cowboys, it’s good to be picking where you’re picking,” Mayock said. “Because you’re going to get the same kind of players at those spots as the No. 5 or 6 pick, I think.”
_ Jimmy Burch