This is the final article of a ten-part series looking at possible draft trade scenarios for the 2016 Dallas Cowboys. For each scenario, we look at possible trades and then explore mock drafts that could occur from the results of the trade(s). For our last article let’s look at a scenario where the Cowboys trade down to number 10 to pick up the Giants second and third round picks.
I am going to assume the Cowboys will have a good bargaining position at four and will have multiple offers for teams wanting to come up. That means the Giants will need to overpay for the privilege of coming up. The Cowboys should be able to get the second or third in this scenario.
- The Cowboys 4th and 189th for the Giants 10th, 40th and 71st
In this scenario the Cowboys would wind up with the 10th, 34th, 40th, 67th, 71st, 101st, 135th, 212th, 216th, and 217th picks. They will still have 6 of the top 101 picks, but they still remain in the top 10. This is a scenario that could pay big dividends for Dallas if the board falls right. Let’s look at some options that could occur if Dallas makes the trade.
Here are possible draft combinations under this scenario:
|#||Option 1||Option 2||Option 3||Option 4||Dream 1||Dream 2|
|10||Shaq Lawson (DE)||Paxton Lynch (QB)||Vernon Hargraves (CB)||Laquon Treadwell (WR)||Ezekiel Elliott (RB)||Myles Jack (LB)|
|34||Derrick Henry (RB)||Dodd/Ogbah (DE)||Jonathan Bullard (DT/DE)||Dodd/Ogbah (DE)||Will Jackson (CB)||Noah Spence (DE)|
|40||Chris Jones (DT3)||Artie Burns (CB)||Sterling Shepard (WR)||Connor Cook (QB)||Jonathan Bullard (DT/DE)||Chris Jones (DT3)|
|67||Xavien Howard (CB)||Davonte Booker (RB)||Nick Martin (C/G)||Kendall Fuller (CB/S)||Dion Jones (LB)||Artie Burns (CB)|
|71||Darian Thompson (FS)||Braxton Miller (WR)||Christian Hackenberg (QB)||*Hassan Ridgeway (DT)||Braxton Miller (WR)||Kenneth Dixon (RB)|
|101||Kenny Lawler (WR)||DeAndre Houston-Carson (S)||Charles Tapper (DE)||Cyrus Jones (CB)||Darian Thompson (FS)||Jordan Jenkins (LB/DE)|
|135||Cardale Jones (QB)||B.J. Goodson (ILB)||Kenyan Drake (RB)||Daniel Lasco (RB)||Ronald Blair (DE)||Miles Killebrew (SS)|
|212||Landon Turner (G)||Landon Turner (G)||Jayron Kearse (SS)||Keith Marshall (RB)||Brandon Allen (QB)||Jacoby Brissett (QB)|
|216||Stephen Anderson (FB)||Stephen Anderson (FB)||Stephen Anderson (FB)||Stephen Anderson (FB)||Stephen Anderson (FB)||Stephen Anderson (FB)|
|217||Jared Norris (ILB)||Darius Latham (DT)||Darius Jackson (RB)||Darrell Greene (OG)||DJ Pettway (DT)||Lawrence Thomas (DE)|
This is a scenario that makes a lot of sense.
It allows the Cowboys to have a top 10 pick and still have three top 40 picks, 5 top 70 picks, and 6 top 100 (okay, 101) picks. It would allow them to get some impact players for next year and build for the future home run threat at running back.
Mock Draft Trade Scenario #1
In our first mock, we get one of the best players in the draft. Shaq Lawson has the potential to be a 15 sack per year guy. With the two second round picks, the Cowboys pick a starting caliber running back and a defensive tackle. Derrick Henry would give the Cowboys the home run threat they lacked last year. He also can pound the ball. Chris Jones will be a disruptive interior player who can get off the ball as fast as anyone in the draft.
With the two third round picks, the Cowboys address the secondary and pick up players with starting quality talent. Xavien Howard is a strong physical cover corner. Darian Thompson is a turnover machine at safety. They would give Dallas flexibility at the position.
With the two fourth rounders, the Cowboys draft for the future. They pick up a route running receiver and a QB to groom. Kenny Lawler is undervalued in the draft and Cardale Jones could become a great backup for Tony Romo.
Mock Draft Trade Scenario #2
In the second mock-up, the Cowboys go ahead and reach for their QB of the future, Paxton Lynch. Then they come back in the second and address the most pressing defensive needs with a DE and corner. They hope Dodd will be available at 34 but if not they take Ogbah. Some people have Burns as the second rated CB in the draft. Getting him at 40 would provide them with a starting caliber corner that has speed, length, and athleticism.
With the two third round picks, Dallas then addresses the running back and receiver needs. In doing so, they get two players who would start in the next two years. Booker and Braxton would provide youth and athleticism. Booker is a one-cut runner that would excel in the stretch game. Braxton Miller is a dynamic receiver with unlimited upside. He can play slot, the outside and he would be dynamic in the spread game and in the screen game.
With the two fourth round picks, Dallas goes back and addresses the other two areas of need. They pick up a safety who is an interception machine and an inside linebacker who can be a future starter. DeAndre Houston-Carson was prolific in causing turnovers and would provide a great special teams player and can be a solid back-up, if not eventual starter. The same can be said for BJ Goodson; he is moving up the boards. Having watched many Clemson games, he is a player who is always around the ball.
Mock Draft Trade Scenario #3
In the third mock we get the best corner in the draft with the first pick. Hargreaves may not have the height, but he is a play-making ball hawk who can play press or off coverage. He will give the Cowboys the flexibility at corner they covet.
With the two second round picks, Dallas then gets Jonathan Bullard, a DE/DT who is a personal favorite of mine. They also pick Sterling Shepard, a polished receiver who would be a great compliment to the Cowboys receiving core, both inside and on the outside.
With their two third round picks, Dallas would then draft for the future. They get a starting quality center/guard who can provide depth now and start in two years at center. They also get Hackenberg, a developmental QB with a high upside.
With their two fourth round picks they improve the athleticism of the team by drafting Tapper at DE and Drake at RB. Tapper ran a 1.59 10-yard-split which is outstanding even for a running back or receiver. He should be able to get the edge on many tackles in the league. Drake is an all-purpose back who can catch, run the stretch play, and also play some slot.
Mock Draft Trade Scenario #4
In our fourth mock, everyone we want is gone so we draft Treadwell, the number one receiver (I don’t care what the experts say). In the second we get the DE we need (Dodd or Ogbah) and a QB to groom (Cook). In the third, we pick up a corner who can also play safety. We also get a DT from Texas, who is moving up many boards (Ridgeway). Cyrus Jones is a slot corner who is extremely athletic, competitive and can also return.
Then with the last pick of the fourth, we get Daniel Lasco, an athletic change of pace back that has some explosiveness.
Dream Mock Draft Trade Scenarios
Our dream picks are that either Shaq Lawson or Ezekiel Elliott fall to 10. The Cowboys would be fortunate in either circumstance. The second rounders are not out of the realm of possibility either. It looks more and more possible that Spence may fall to the second round. Will Jackson is looking like a late first rounder, but you just never know how the boards of the teams stack up.
In the dream drafts, I do believe that Bullard or Jones will be there with the 40th, if not both. The real question is whether Dion Jones or Artie Burns will be there at the start of the third round. If not, Xavien Howard could be a nice consolation prize.
Jordan Jenkins intrigues me. I have seen him all over the board. If he is there at 101, the Cowboys need to get him. He played MLB, OLB, DT, and DE at his time with Georgia. The Cowboys could help find him a spot to excel at. But if it came down to him or Darian Thompson at 101, I think you have to take the safety. It would be nice to have to pick from those two.
That’s all for the series.
What do you think of the scenarios? Would you trade down? Once? Twice? What is your favorite scenario of the 10? Which would you prefer? Let us know.
Can Powers of Persuasion Help Make Will Hernandez a Cowboy?
There is no shortage of NFL hopefuls who would like to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 NFL Draft. But, not one of them have used their powers of persuasion to make their intentions known as much as former UTEP offensive guard Will Hernandez.
Throughout the entire draft process, Will Hernandez has done nothing but stand out when given the opportunity. He first started to make waves at the 2018 Senior Bowl, where he pretty much dominated his competition. Then, he improved his draft stock even more by putting on a show at the Scouting Combine.
The 6'2", 330 pound offensive guard has likely cemented himself as a surefire first-round draft pick and is arguably the second-ranked OG in the entire 2018 draft class. He is a plug-and-play prospect for any team who drafts him, but he has made his intentions well known that he would love to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
Back in February, Will Hernandez was spotted hanging out with the Cowboys bookend offensive tackles, Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, to see the premiere of the movie Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis.
@PujolsFive Cowboys fans will appreciate this post!! ⭐️ Movie Premiere #Deathwish Great movie!
To see Will Hernandez rubbing elbows with a few of the Dallas Cowboys talented offensive lineman only strengthened the connection for Hernandez becoming a draft pick by America's Team. But, this wasn't the only time the former UTEP offensive guard was seen out with a Cowboys player.
In March, he was once again seen out on the town with the Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith.
Huge blessing being surrounded by players like this 👊🏽👊🏽
All of this can probably be chalked up to a current player hanging out with an NFL hopeful, but as a Cowboys fan you want to believe it's more than just a coincidence.
The Dallas Cowboys without a doubt need a new starting left guard. It can be argued it's the team's biggest need this offseason and Will Hernandez fits the bill to a T. He would immediately upgrade the entire offensive line and solidify the unit for years to come.
The only problem is, the Dallas Cowboys have already invested quite a bit in their offensive line and taking Will Hernandez in the first round would be considered by some as overkill. I for one wouldn't be opposed to taking him at 19 if he is the top rated player when the Cowboys are on the clock.
It's hard to know if seeing Will Hernandez hanging out with Tyron Smith and La'el Collins improves his chances of being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, but it definitely doesn't hurt. Offensive lines around the NFL perform at their best when they play as a cohesive unit, so developing a bond already could be viewed as a good thing.
Who knows, maybe Will Hernandez's powers of persuasion will pay off and end up being the deciding factor to help him become the next first-round offensive lineman drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.
Do you read anything into Will Hernandez hanging out with Cowboys players?
Keeping Dez Bryant Shouldn’t Stop Cowboys From Drafting Calvin Ridley
With NFL Free Agency buzz at full speed this week, Dez Bryant is one of the most intriguing names in the Dallas Cowboys world. We all know the story. We've been talking about it since last season. Bryant, who was once among the "Top WR of the league" conversation, doesn't look like an elite player anymore.
That doesn't mean he is a bad football player, but the problem is that he's getting paid big time.
The Dallas Cowboys, who have struggled with cap space for many years now, may want to avoid paying $16.5M to a player who isn't justifying his paychecks on the field. Big name and all, it certainly doesn't feel that way.
His lack of production on the field the last three years is concerning, even though he's played with quarterbacks not named "Tony Romo." There are other receivers around the league who have played with bad quarterbacks and have still been able to produce.
Even still, it wouldn't be easy to replace Bryant on the offense just like that. Right now, top free agents are already off the market, so if Dallas wants to replace him, it'd have to be via trade or via the NFL Draft.
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Right now, it seems that Dez is going to remain a Dallas Cowboy and after seeing the contracts other receivers in the league are about to get, who knows if a pay cut will even enter the equation.
Even if Dez keeps wearing the Star every week next season, wide receiver is still one of the team's top needs. Despite the fact that Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten are some very well-known names, the truth is this offense needs a guy who can create separation and be harmful as a deep threat.
This is a draft class with a lot of depth at wide receiver, and the Cowboys could find contributors at the second or later rounds. Even still, if they're on the clock at 19 and Alabama's Calvin Ridley is available, the front office should pull the trigger.
Yes, even if Dez is still on the team.
Despite last year's struggles, we shouldn't lose faith on the Cowboys' offense when it has a lot of talent. We believed in this group to take us to the Super Bowl. What they are missing could just be a new, dynamic wide receiver.
Calvin Ridley is by far the best WR in the Draft this year and will be an impact player anywhere he goes. Despite a poor showing in the Combine, Ridley proves to be worthy of a first round pick on tape. Ideal route-running, great ability to separate and more than enough speed for the NFL.
This would certainly take a lot of pressure off Cole Beasley's shoulders, who was constantly double-teamed last year. Sure, he's still good, but if he continues to run into double-coverage, Dak Prescott and company will probably continue to struggle another year.
It's tough to imagine Calvin Ridley being available at 19, especially with the Baltimore Ravens holding the 16th overall pick. However, some people believe there's a 50/50 chance he's available once Dallas is on the clock. If that's the case, the Cowboys shouldn't pass on this prospect.
Ridley could very well end up being the most productive receiver for the Cowboys in 2018 becoming an essential "best friend" for Dak Prescott.
We've seen how other front offices have made friendly offenses for their young QBs and if Calvin Ridley is what it takes, why even think about it?
2018 NFL Draft: What Cowboys Look For In LBs
As we continue to move through the Cowboys' positions of need and construct their overall draft board, we now take a look at what Dallas tends to look for in linebackers.
The Cowboys have some real questions to answer within their linebacker corps this offseason. Sean Lee is an obvious stud, but his injury history makes him a bit unreliable. Jaylon Smith began to come along later in the season, but how much better will he be in 2018? And then, of course, there is the impending free agency of Anthony Hitchens the team must deal with.
The Cowboys will certainly be looking at this somewhat-deep linebacker class in the upcoming draft, and after reviewing what their "type" has been in the past, a few prospects stood above the rest.
And here it is for LB. Better set of training data so should be more predictive of future picks. LVE is a freak athletically.
For starters, Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds must have been built in a lab. At 6'4" 253 pounds he is much bigger and stronger than the typical Cowboys linebacker, but his athletic testing all exceed the normal thresholds as well. He is significantly faster and more athletic than the typical Dallas draft pick, and would be an excellent candidate with the 19th overall pick. Unfortunately, I don't anticipate him being their for the taking.
Iowa's Josey Jewell is an interesting prospect to evaluate. A rather reliable player on film, Jewell also passes each of the athletic thresholds set by Dallas in previous years. Well, besides his 40 time, which is nearly a full second slower than their average selection. Still, considering his tape, short shuttle, 3 cone, and broad jump, I expect him to be a potential target for the Cowboys on day two.
The 2 linebackers which fit the Cowboys' plan best, however, are BYU's Fred Warner and Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch.
As seen on the spreadsheet, Vander Esch is a certified freak by Cowboys' standards. He greatly exceeds each of Dallas' athletic markers, and does it all at 6'4" and over 250 pounds. Like I said, he's an athletic freak in the eyes of the Cowboys.
Warner is just below the average weight in previous years (by only 2 pounds), but he is much more athletic than players we've seen the Cowboys draft since 2011. He is converting from more of an EDGE-type role in college to being a full time off-ball linebacker, and so far he has looked comfortable doing so at the Senior Bowl and Combine.
Considering the struggles the Cowboys have had on defense as of late, finding these younger and faster players should be a priority. And, as indicated by the testing of their previous draft classes, the Cowboys should be able to upgrade on that athleticism during the 2018 NFL Draft.
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