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Mock Draft Roundup 5.0: Florida’s Henderson takes spot as new favorite at 17

Mock Draft Roundup 5.0: Florida’s Henderson takes spot as new favorite at 17

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.com – Xavier McKinney, S

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

McKinney called me out last week because I didn’t rank him as my No. 1 safety. I have Antoine Winfield Jr. just a little bit higher because of his versatility to play slot corner. But McKinney is the best pure safety in this class, and he’d be a great fit in Dallas, which has some talent on defense but lost starters Byron Jones, Robert Quinn, Maliek Collins and Jeff Heath. The Cowboys brought inHa Ha Clinton-Dix for short-term help, but McKinney could be the future.”

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports – Kristian Fulton, CB (22nd overall)

School: LSU | Year: Senior

After sliding back a few spots, the Cowboys get a super-clean corner prospect in Fulton to immediately step in for Byron Jones.” (Vikings get No. 17 overall; Cowboys get No. 22 overall, No. 58)

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE

School: LSU | Year: Sophomore (RS)

The explosive pass rusher could become DeMarcus Lawrence’s perfect tag-team partner in Mike Nolan’s aggressive scheme.”

Pete Schrager, NFL.com – Xavier McKinney, S

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

This may be a lot earlier than where some other mocks have McKinney going, but I think he fills an immediate need for the Cowboys’ defense. Capable of playing either safety spot, he’s a versatile game-changer who’s definitely NFL-ready with a high football IQ. The losses of Byron Jones and Jeff Heath really thinned out Dallas’ secondary, but McKinney has the kind of advanced skill set to help fill the void on Day 1.”

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE

School: LSU | Year: Sophomore (RS)

Chaisson would be an ideal fit on the opposite side of Demarcus Lawrence. He is still a little raw, but he’s very explosive.”

Bryan DeArdo, NFL.com – C.J. Henderson, CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

Jenny Vrentas, SI.com – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE

Corner is another consideration here, after losing Byron Jones in free agency to the Dolphins. But the line took a big hit, too—Robert Quinn to Chicago and Maliek Collins to Las Vegas—and another edge rusher to complement DeMarcus Lawrence makes sense.”

David Helman, DallasCowboys.com – Grant Delpit, S

School: LSU | Year: Junior

Grant Delpit is an explosive athlete with ball skills this defense has lacked for years…”

Kyle Youmans, DallasCowboys.com – C.J. Henderson, CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

There are always going to be the pipedreams of having a Javon Kinlaw or K’Lavon Chaisson fall to pick 17 and make an immediate impact. While that isn’t out of the question, it is much more likely that there will be an impact corner available for Dallas, like Henderson.”

Clarence Hill Jr., Star-Telegram.com – C.J. Henderson, CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

Dallas’ troubled secondary gets a Christmas gift in April when Henderson falls to them.”

Connor Dorney, FanSided.com – Kristian Fulton, CB

School: LSU | Year: Senior

Dallas’ troubled secondary gets a Christmas gift in April when Henderson falls to them.”

Michael H. Vu, TheLandryHat.com – C.J. Henderson, CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

No surprise here. If this cornerback is on the board, the Dallas Cowboys will nab him. The question mark left by Byron Jones is solved by the Florida cornerback. Interestingly, in this mock, C.J. Henderson and K’Lavon Chaisson from LSU were both available at the 17th spot. I’ll take Henderson every time. K’Lavon Chaisson went two picks later to the Las Vegas Raiders.”

Bill Barnwell, ESPN.com – C.J. Henderson, CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

No surprise here. If this cornerback is on the board, the Dallas Cowboys will nab him. The question mark left by Byron Jones is solved by the Florida cornerback. Interestingly, in this mock, C.J. Henderson and K’Lavon Chaisson from LSU were both available at the 17th spot. I’ll take Henderson every time. K’Lavon Chaisson went two picks later to the Las Vegas Raiders.”

Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report – C.J. Henderson, CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

Cody Benjamin, CBS Sports – Justin Jefferson, WR

School: LSU | Year: Junior

Bill Barnwell, ESPN.com – C.J. Henderson, CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

Michigan OL Cesar Ruiz seems like a real possibility, especially with Travis Fredrick gone. But can the Cowboys resist Jefferson, a near-perfect fit in the slot, where Randall Cobb no longer resides? IfChaisson is gone and Cbs can be had later, why not give Dak Prescott even more weapons?”

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