McShay Mock Draft 3.0: Cowboys pick as if David Irving doesn't exist
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By K.D. Drummond

The Dallas Cowboys must be pulling off a magic act on the mock draft community. Every couple of weeks, a new mock from an expert comes out and it seems as if three-technique is the most common selection. That is once again the case in Todd McShay’s latest mock for ESPN Insider. McShay has Dallas taking Da’Ron Payne from Alabama to play the three-technique position. It’s not a far-fetched idea, but the problem is the explanation for the selection reveals a lack of knowledge about the team’s current three-technique depth chart.

Payne’s sack total is underwhelming (three total in college), but just turn on the tape. He’s a highly disruptive player in the middle and would help Dallas’ effort to upgrade the Cowboys’ pass rush (38 sacks last year was a big improvement). Payne would be a good fit as a three-technique in Rod Marinelli’s system, and would pair well with DeMarcus Lawrence  (franchise tagged). With Jason Witten turning 36 this offseason, TE Dallas Goedert is another good option.

Notice anyone missing from this writeup? There’s zero mention of Dallas’ most productive pass rusher on a per-snap basis, David Irving. Irving is a restricted free agent whom the club has already said they are going to place a first or second-round tender on. This doesn’t mean Dallas will sign Irving long-term, so it’s not out of the question for the Cowboys to consider drafting another three-technique. But it does warrant...

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