Mock drafts: Barr gaining momentum as possible Cowboys pick

If the Dallas Cowboys stay at the 16th pick on May 8, the players they’ll possibly be choosing from are Missouri DE Kony Ealy, Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan and Notre Dame OT Zack Martin.

Aaron Donald (DT, Pitt) and Anthony Barr (OLB/DE, UCLA) might be higher on the Cowboys’ draft board, however, there’s a good chance both are gone by 16.

But what if the first three players mentioned are who the Cowboys are picking between? If they’re not completely in love with any of them, the best option could be trading back for the second consecutive year. Of course, you first have to find a trade partner.

The ideal situation would be to move back 5-7 spots. In that scenario, they could possibly still land Ealy or Jernigan, or choose between Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, Auburn defensive end Dee Ford or Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward and then gain an additional third round pick in the process.

Those are just my thoughts, but here’s what the mock draft experts are saying.

NOTE: The entire comment from each expert is not included in many of these. Click on the link to read all of the analysis.’s Peter Schrager:

Pick: Jernigan.

Comment: "Recent free-agent signing Henry Melton will clog the middle at one DT spot, but Jernigan could be the perfect complement on Rod Marinelli’s defensive line."’s Pat Kirwan:

Pick: Jernigan.

Comment: "Rod Marinelli may fool all of us with a different person in this spot but for now, all I can tell Jernigan is you better be in great shape for your new coach."’s Rob Rang:

Pick: Jernigan.

Comment: "Jernigan, athletic, powerful and just scratching the surface of his potential would give Dallas the interior duo needed for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s scheme to be successful."’s Charles Davis:

Pick: Barr.

Comment: "One of the top pass rushers in the draft and a bargain pick for the Cowboys, who might make him a full-time DE."’s Jason McIntyre:

Pick: Barr.

Comment: "Jerry Jones channels his inner Al Davis and goes for an athletic freak who isn’t technically-sound, but has a ton of upside."’s Dane Brugler:

Pick: Martin.

Comment: "If the Cowboys top targets (namely Aaron Donald) are gone here and they are unable to trade back, Martin would be an excellent consolation prize and give the offensive line some stability."’s Mel Kiper:

Pick: Martin.

Comment: "Martin makes sense as a player who can shore up the right tackle position, which is a problem area."’s Chris Burke:

Pick: Donald.

Comment: (Note: Burke had the Cowboys trading up to No. 10 to land Donald) "This is a case of taking the top player available, then worrying about exactly how to employ him later."’s Scott Wright:

Pick: Ealy.

Comment: "While not yet a great run defender Ealy possesses all of the tools to eventually be a terrific two-way player and offers plenty of upside."’s Bucky Brooks:

Pick: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville.

Comment: "Pass rusher is a top priority, but Pryor is rated higher than any available DE at this point."