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2016 Cowboys Draft: Potential Trade Scenario 5

Tommy Simon

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The Cowboys have historically been active on the draft day. This year they are likely to be even more so. In this series we will take a look at different scenarios that could play out on draft day. This is the fifth of a ten part series that looks at possible draft combinations that make plausible sense.

Determining possible trade scenarios is difficult because, you have to find trade partners willing to deal with you. Second, you have to get or give enough value to make it worth the trade. So as we look at the scenarios, we first need to make a few assumptions. These are:

  1. For each scenario we need to find a partner that has a need that they may want to go up for. We will analyze the win for each team in those trades.
  2. The article uses the widely distributed Draft Value Chart to determine trades that somewhat have equal value. When there is a point difference, the team moving up will typically be the one overpaying to make the trade happen.
  3. We assume the Cowboys strategy will be to move down to pick up additional picks.

Trade Scenario #5 Will Be:

  • Cowboys dropping down to the 7th pick to get San Francisco’s 68th and 105th picks.
  • Trade the sixth rounder for a 4th or 5th rounder next year.

So let’s break down the first trade. Let’s assume that the 49ers like Goff and he is there after the third pick so they may want to come up and get him. They might think Jacksonville or Baltimore will not draft a QB, but they may also try to trade down with a team that wants to come up and get Goff (Philly perhaps). With these options, the 49ers make the decision to come up and get their QB.

For the Cowboys, they may want to fall down to seven to still be able to get up a top pick, while reducing the salary they need. Perhaps they like Zeke Elliott, or Shaq Lawson, or a QB. The 4 position may be too early to get who they want, but at seven it makes perfect sense.

For sake of simplicity, we are going to assume the Cowboys trade their 5th rounder for a 5th rounder in next year’s draft. After all, how many sixth rounder’s can you have in one year?

In this scenario the Cowboys would wind up with the 7th, 34th, 67th, 68th, 101st, 105th, 135th, 212th, 216th, and 217th in this scenario.

Here are many possible draft combinations under this scenario. Let’s look at some possible combinations:

Pick Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4 Dream 1 Dream 2
7 Goff/
Wentz
(QB)
Zeke Elliott
(RB)
Shaq Lawson
(DE)
Hargreaves
(CB)
Myles Jack
(LB)
Ramsey
(DB)
34 Dodd/
Ogbah
(DE)
Will Fuller
(WR)
Clark/
Butler
(DT)
Derrick Henry
(RB)
Will Jackson
(CB)
Noah Spence
(DE)
67 Chris Jones
(DT)
Xavier Howard
(CB)
Dixon
(RB)
Carl Nassib
(DE)
Booker
(RB)
Chris Jones
(DT)
68 Xavier Howard
(CB)
Dion Jones
(LB)
Boyd
(WR)
Braxton Miller
(WR)
S. Shepard
(WR)
Nick Martin
(C/G)
101 K. Listenbee
(WR)
Blair
(DE)
Jalen Mills
(DB)
Jordan Jenkins
(ILB)
Charles Tapper
(DE)
Christian Hackenberg
(QB)
 105 Kenyan Drake
(RB)
Bronson Kaufusi
(DE)
Cyrus Jones
(CB)
Maliek Collins
(DT1)
Sheldon Day
(DT3)
Prosise
(RB)
135 Joe Schobert
(ILB)
D. Thompson
(FS)
Cardale Jones
(QB)
KJ Dillon
(S)
Max Tuerk
(C/G)
Rashard Robinson
(CB)
212 Dan Vitale
(FB)
Dan Vitale
(FB)
Dan Vitale
(FB)
Dan Vitale
(FB)
Dan Vitale
(FB)
Dan Vitale
(FB)
216 Austin Blythe
(C/G)
Austin Blythe
(C/G)
Austin Blythe
(C/G)
Austin Blythe
(C/G)
Tyvis Powell
(FS)
Tyvis Powell
(FS)
217 Tyvis Powell
(S)
B. Allen
(QB)
Tyvis Powell
(S)
Kevin Hogan
(QB)
Brandon Doughty
(QB)
K. Marshall
(RB)

 

First let me say this is my least favorite mockup yet. Don’t get me wrong, I still am a proponent of moving down, if it is down to seven. However, the value gained in the previous scenarios by getting second round picks does not happen by only moving to the seventh pick. If you look at it, you really do not get that much better of a player at 7 as you do moving down to 11-15. So there is more value gained in moving 50 -10 spots, than is saved by only moving down three or four.

The one advantage of this scenario is that there is a good possibility that one of the two top quarterbacks or either Jack or Ramsey will make it to seven. If that happens, then this becomes a very effective approach. With that in mind, let’s talk about each of the six mock drafts.

Our first mock in this scenario one of the two QBs make it to seven. This could happen if Tunsil, Ramsey, Jack, Buckner, Bosa and the other QB are taken with the first seven. This is a pretty likely scenario. Elliott and Stanley could also be picked in the top six so the Cowboys gain picks and still get a future QB.

With the second pick they get the DE which is still the biggest hole the Cowboys have on defense this year. In the third round the Cowboys get a disruptive 3 tech. I am not sure Jones will be there; I have seen him mocked everywhere from early second or late third. With the fourth pick they pick up a physical corner (Howard) who can replace Carr next year. With the 5th pick, they then get a speedy receiver that can stretch the field. Drake is a running back that is a receiver out of the backfield.

Think Dunbar with a little more durability who can also get you 6-8 runs a game, and is a dynamic returner. Schobert is a classically run and hit linebacker. He is underrated and could be a starter given time to build up strength. He would be a great special teams guy and backup his first couple of years. In the sixth, the Cowboys get a fullback, a center/guard whom they can groom, and a tall, rangy safety.

In the second mock, the Cowboys get the best RB in the draft. The beef up the offense again with the second pick, getting Fuller as a starter opposite Bryant. Then the next five picks go defense. They grab Howard to strengthen the CB group. Dion Jones is a star in the making. He can run (4.55) and he can hit which makes him a playmaker. They then go get two DEs to add to the mix (Blair and Kaufusi). With their last fourth round pick they get a touch safety that can make plays (Thompson). In the sixth, they get a QB, a fullback and a C/G to groom.

In option three, the Cowboys decide to get Lawson early. In doing so, they get arguably the best DE in the draft. The Cowboys then take a DT (either Clark or Butler) in the early second. With the third pick they get a starting caliber running back (yes I do think Dixon will last to the third). With the fourth the Cowboys go with a wide receiver who has a lot of upside (Shepard). Mills is probably more of a corner than a safety. He would give the Cowboys flexibility. The Cowboys come back and pick up a slot corner with Cyrus Jones who is also a solid returner. The Cowboys then get a developmental QB with the strongest arm (Jones). They follow this up by getting another safety, a fullback, and a developmental C/G.

In the fourth mock, the Cowboys get the best corner in the draft. He is a polished day one starter. They then get a starting caliber running back that is a game breaker. The third pick is a highly productive DE from Penn St. he would be the starter as a left DE. Miller is an explosive receiver with high upside and would add a new dynamic to the Cowboys offense. Jordan Jenkins is sliding down boards. The Cowboys should be thrilled to get him in the fourth. He is a top 50 talent, he is the right kind of player, and he is a special talent. Collins is a disruptive tackle that can play the one and three. Dillion is slipping down boards, but he is a very talented safety. He would be an immediate contributor. The Cowboys then go get a heady QB, a FB, and a developmental C/G.

The dream mock is unlikely, but possible. If Tunsil goes one, Wentz two, Ramsey three, and the Cowboys trade down to seven so that the 49ers can get Goff at four. Then Jacksonville decides to take Bosa and the Ravens either trade back or they take either Buckner, Elliott, or Stanley at six. Then Jack could fall to seven. What could make this happen? Maybe Jacksonville has Bosa higher on the board and Baltimore wants to build up their line. Or perhaps Jack has a bad medical (or just a lukewarm one).

In the dream too mock, the Cowboys land Ramsey. Now I agree this is farfetched, but stranger things have happened. Let’s look at two ways it can happen. The first way is if there are three QBs taken early. Let’s say that a team moves up to one to get their QB (Let’s say Wentz). Then Cleveland takes a QB (Goff). With the third, the Chargers then take Tunsil. The Cowboys then trade out to San Fran who take Lynch. With the fifth the Jags take Jack. With the sixth, the Ravens take Bosa. For this to happen, the Ravens have to have Bosa rated higher than Ramsey, the Jags would have to have Jack higher than Ramsey, and there has to be at least two teams that move up for QBs.

The second way this might happen is if Tennessee takes Tunsil at one. Cleveland then takes a QB. San Diego surprises everyone by taking Stanley, Bosa, or Buckner (maybe an outside chance it is Treadwel). Let’s say it is Stanley. Then the 49ers move up for Goff. Then the Jags take Jack. The Ravens then have Ramsey, Bosa or Buckner. In our scenario, we assume they have one of them rated higher than Ramsey. Someone could also move up to get someone they covet. So the Ravens could trade out to someone who wants Bosa or Lynch.

Again, these are not probably scenarios, but they are possible ones.

Well that’s all for today. As I stated before, this is not my favorite trade down scenario. It is only good if one of the QBs fall to seven, or better still if Jack or Ramsey falls down to them. The most likely first pick in this scenario is a QB or Elliott. If that does not work out, Shaq Lawson would be the third option.

Let me know your thoughts. I appreciate your feedback and comments. Keep them coming.

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Tommy Simon is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker and sports enthusiast. He is currently CEO of TechBAA, an investor and board member of TPC Technical and CommunitesFIrst, and acting CFO for ALS Communities. In addition to investing and advising companies, Tommy is also a Sales Management coach and is working with companies as a Fractional CMO/CSO. Tommy is a life long football player, coach and Cowboy fan. He currently coaches and sponsors several 7 on 7 teams. He manages/coaches an adult flag football team that is the top team in Florida one of the highest ranked teams in the country. Tommy's hobbies include international travel, fantasy football, reading, and engaging in intelligent political discourse. He is married to a wonderful women for 18 years; which is the best thing he has ever accomplished. He has a dog that is the best dog ever. He also has 9 siblings and roughly 30 nieces and nephews. For more information about tommy, or to request him to speak, please contact him at info@techbaa.com

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Sean’s Scout: UTSA’s Marcus Davenport Fills Pass Rush Need for Cowboys

Sean Martin

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It is not often at all that a team picking 19th overall may be out of range to draft a small school prospect, but this is rightfully the case for the Dallas Cowboys and UTSA’s Marcus Davenport. For scouts who only care about how these prospects can help their NFL teams, Davenport has all of the traits to be an impact defensive end the second he enters the league.

Should the Cowboys find themselves in position to draft Marcus Davenport in the first round, he would fill an immediate need as another pure pass rusher to pair with DeMarcus Lawrence.

Firmly a first round player on my 2018 NFL Draft Board, let’s take a closer look at Davenport’s potential fit in Dallas.

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What is most exciting about Davenport’s projection to the NFL is that he’s an ideal right defensive end prospect that played mostly on the left side in college. That means Davenport is stout against the run as a powerful player who also displays freakish speed, dip, and balance as a quarterback hunter.

“Simply forcing offensive tackles to respect his rare combination of speed and dip allows Marcus Davenport to knock them backwards with hands-above-eyes technique.”

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This quote and accompanying film clip comes from my full scouting report on Marcus Davenport on Slant Sports. There simply aren’t many EDGE prospects at the top of any given draft as complete as Davenport, while still showing elite upside to get even better.

Davenport does not exactly have a plan for each of his rushes, but pointing him at the quarterback on every play from the RDE spot in Dallas could do him nothing but good from day one. This is a player who captures the corner with ease, thanks to his burst and length, doing so with the balance to absolutely punish blockers.

When Marcus Davenport hits someone, they go backwards. This is a great thing to say about any defensive prospect, particularly a pass rusher who can also bend the corner.

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“There simply aren’t many snaps on which he allows a blocker to work inside of his frame.”

The only slight projection that has to be made on Davenport playing defensive end with the Cowboys is his transition from playing mostly in a two-point stance to putting his hand on the ground. This technical change does little to affect a defensive end’s pass rush approach.

The strength Marcus Davenport shows in his hands is absolutely stunning, and equally as impressive is his controlled acceleration ability. These two traits alone are more than enough to expect Davenport to be able to beat left tackles at the next level with consistency, attacking them before they can reach this lengthy prospect.

“Tapping into Davenport’s full potential could be as simple as getting him in the habit of rushing the half man on every rep, but expecting him to do so right away is a projection.”

With Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli notorious for getting the most out of his defensive linemen, there is no question that Dallas is an ideal landing spot for Marcus Davenport to instantly reach his full potential.

The key to unleashing Davenport on the NFL will be teaching the mental aspects of the position to a player who dominated with raw traits in college.

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The Cowboys have some numbers to sort out at defensive end before the draft, as the likes of Charles Tapper and Randy Gregory could potentially give them enough of a presence across from Lawrence to warrant looking elsewhere with the 19th overall pick.

Of course, Dallas also used last year’s first selection on DE Taco Charlton — who took major strides in his game towards the end of 2017.

None of this should deter them from reinforcing their defensive front with another versatile pass rusher.

Marcus Davenport has a legitimate case to come off the board within the first 15 picks of the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft, making him a great value for the Cowboys, slated to pick 19th.

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Tell us what you think about “Sean’s Scout: UTSA’s Marcus Davenport Fills Pass Rush Need for Cowboys” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Land Small School WR in Latest PFF Mock Draft

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It’s officially draft season around the NFL, meaning — whether you like it or not — it’s now mock draft season. Pro Football Focus is the latest of the national football media outlets to release a mock draft. Their version of the draft was controversial towards the top, but their pick for the Cowboys was equally intriguing.

PFF has the Cowboys taking Colorado State Wide Receiver Michael Gallup, with the 19th overall pick, a player they graded with a 92.1 in 2017.

“Dallas could go a number of ways here, but they add another receiving threat in Gallup, who can win with speed down the field and toughness at the catch point. He was the nation’s top-graded receiver in 2017 at 92.1 overall, and he adds another weapon for QB Dak Prescott.”

Personally, I’m a huge fan of Michael Gallup. As I stated in my scouting report of Michael Gallup for Slant Sports, I believe he is one of the top-five receivers in the 2018 draft class. Gallup caught 100 passes last season for Colorado State, finishing with 1,413 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns.

At 6’1″ and about 200 pounds, Michael Gallup is the perfect productive Z receiver that any NFL offense would want.

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Gallup is a smart, athletic, and tough wide out, with consistent hands and excellent ball tracking skills. He was incredibly productive in college, and should be able to contribute to an NFL offense right away as a rookie.

Drafting Gallup in the first round, however, may not be the best move.

I think he’s a fantastic day-two option for the Cowboys. But if they were to pass on Vita Vea and Roquan Smith for Michael Gallup, as they did in this PFF mock draft, I don’t think Cowboys Nation would be too happy.

Of course, this is just one of many mock drafts circling around the inter-webs, but Michael Gallup would be a great fit for the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas desperately needs this type of wide out in their offense, but I hope they can get him 50th overall, rather than 19th.

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Cowboys Draft Target: Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds

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Draft season! Draft season! Draft season! Pardon my excitement, but it’s one of my favorite times of the year. We all get the chance to study and speculate about the new crop of rookies coming in and determine their potential fit with NFL teams, and in this case, the Dallas Cowboys.

This draft season, especially, is shaping up to be an exciting one because the Cowboys have clear needs pretty much across the board. That means there is no clear answer as to which direction they will go with any of their draft picks, especially when they’re on the clock at 19 in the first round.

There is of course one draft need that has to be near the top of the list, if not #1 overall.

There can be no arguing the Dallas Cowboys absolutely need to address the linebacker position, especially with Sean Lee’s continued health concerns and Anthony Hitchens‘ potential departure via free agency.

Finding linebacker depth through the draft is a must!

A lot of Cowboys fans have already become enamored with former Georgia Bulldogs LB Roquan Smith, and rightfully so.

Smith will likely be the first linebacker off the board when the 2018 NFL Draft gets underway, which means he won’t be available for the Cowboys at 19.

But don’t be disheartened Cowboys fans, I think there is a linebacker in this draft class who possesses the God-given talent to be even better. Let me introduce you to a linebacker who I believe has Superstar potential.

Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds

Tremaine Edmunds checks all the boxes for an NFL linebacker. He is one of the more intriguing prospects in this entire draft class because of his versatility to play in any scheme. But, most intriguing is he is slated to be the second youngest (19) prospect ever drafted, only Amobi Okoye was younger.

But don’t let his youth fool you; he’s a monster on the field.

Tremaine Edmunds is a natural in so many phases of the game, and it has everything to do with his rare athleticism.

Edmunds has the size of an edge player (6’5″, 250), but the movement/athleticism of the smaller and quicker linebackers we’ve seen become popular around the NFL. To put it simply, he looks like a lion, but moves like a gazelle in the open field with his long strides and flexible hips.

Here’s an example of his loose/flexible hips in coverage.

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This isn’t a play you would typically ask a 6’5″, 250-pound man to make, but Tremaine Edmunds makes it look easy.

On this particular play, Edmunds drops into his hook/curl zone coverage. He then realizes the quarterback has decided to pull the ball down and scramble. He shows excellent field awareness and breaks from his coverage responsibility to make the open field tackle on the QB, despite the referee getting in the way.

This play probably wouldn’t have been possible if Edmunds was unable to flip his hips to change direction in order to make the tackle after covering the tight end. He does this with ease.

What I really like about Tremaine Edmunds is his versatility to play in any kind of defensive front/scheme. But, I personally believe he fits best in a 4-3 scheme, which is why I think he makes an excellent Cowboys draft prospect.

I think he fits best in the 4-3 scheme because of all of the different positions he can play. In the 4-3 scheme, Edmunds could play:

MIKE (middle): He has tremendous gap-shooting ability and play anticipation.
SAM (strong-side): He has the ability to stop the run and still drop into coverage.
EDGE: He has the size, athleticism, flexibility, and explosion.

Tremaine Edmunds played all of these positions while at Virginia Tech, and I think he could even play WILL (weak-side) as well, but that’s something he wasn’t asked to do in college.

But, you don’t have to take my word for it.

Edmunds at MIKE:

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Here you see Tremaine Edmunds playing the MIKE LB position. He quickly reads and diagnoses the play, shooting the gap to make the tackle for a loss on third down.

It’s an excellent play and shows the God-given talent he was born with. You can’t teach those kind of instincts.

Edmunds at SAM:

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On this particular play, Edmunds is lined up at the SAM LB position and has responsibility of covering the running back out of the backfield. Not only does he once again show his loose hips in coverage, but he makes an excellent open-field tackle on third down for a minimal gain to get the defense off the field.

Edmunds at EDGE:

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Tremaine Edmunds was also utilized as an edge rusher, at times, while at Virginia Tech. Here you see him lined up in a two-point stance on the defense’s left side.

At the snap of the ball, you can really see his first-step explosion, natural bend and athleticism.

The TE trying to block him had no chance, and Edmunds probably would have gotten the sack if not for the slight hold and the QB’s ability to get rid of the ball quickly.

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As you can see, Tremaine Edmunds is an intriguing prospect for the Dallas Cowboys, and could probably start right away at the SAM LB position while also providing much-needed depth in other areas.

He’s not a polished prospect by any means, he’s still raw, but I believe he has the upside to be one of the great ones.

If I were to compare him to a current NFL player, I would compare him to either Anthony Barr (Vikings) or Jamie Collins (Browns). Both players have been successful as inside linebackers as well as edge players in the NFL, and that’s what I envision Edmunds will do in his career.

I think Edmunds is going to open a lot of eyes once we get further into the draft process, especially after he puts on a show at the combine. He will likely shoot up draft boards, which means he should be in play for the Dallas Cowboys with the 19th overall selection. I have absolutely zero concerns about taking him there.

What do you think about Tremaine Edmunds as a Cowboys draft prospect?

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