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Hypothetical Trade Scenario Could Net Cowboys 2 1st Rd. Picks

Kevin Brady

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2018 NFL Draft: 3 DTs Cowboys
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Entering the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys' priorities should be pretty clear. Upgrading their offensive line, defensive line, wide receivers, and linebackers seem to be the top four items on the draft checklist heading into late April.

For my money, the most important hole to fill early on in the 2018 NFL Draft is their left guard spot. The additions of Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming boost the depth of the team's offensive line, but neither should be serious candidates to start all 16 games.

The Cowboys need to address the interior of their offensive line, and finally find that Ronald Leary replacement years later. Others, however, will argue that drafting a defensive playmaker will be of greater importance to the Cowboys going forward, especially if that player can contribute to the front seven.

But, what if the Cowboys could do both? And what if they could do both in the first round?

The Cowboys have 10 picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, and could potentially use these picks for ammunition to move back into the first round after selecting 19th overall. By doing so, the Cowboys could find both a defensive impact player and a starting left guard at the top of the draft.

Let's play a little hypothetical game.

The Cowboys select Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea 19th overall. They immediately upgrade the interior of their defensive line, and find a 1-technique better than any the Cowboys have employed in quite some time.

A few picks go by and UTEP offensive guard Will Hernandez is still sitting on the board. Based on team needs and how mock drafts have been going, my guess is that you'd need to jump in front of the Atlanta Falcons at 26th overall in order to get the guard of your choice.

Selecting 25th overall are the Tennessee Titans, and based on the draft pick value, their selection is worth 720 points. The Cowboys' second round pick is worth 400 points, getting them more than halfway there. They could then package some of their later picks together to match the value, or possibly throw in both 50 and 81 to sweeten the deal for the Titans.

This would, in theory, allow them to take both Vita Vea and Will Hernandez in the first round. And it would also, in theory, allow them to compete for a Super Bowl by adding these talented players.

This is just one hypothetical scenario, but the way these mock drafts are tending, it is very possible.

What do you think of the possibility of the Cowboys moving back into the first round for their left guard? Leave a comment below and let your voice be heard.



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16 Comments
  • nick

    If they could pull that off and come out of the draft with josey Jewell as well id be ecstatic. That would probably be about all the picks we get but that would cover our problem areas from this year besides WR. Looks like we’d have to get a solid WR and Safety next year. I get the feeling that these receivers are going to perform way better this year with the new coach and the competition in the WR room, and of course dak will have more time if Tyrons healthy and we add hernandez. If the draft went this way I really think the only question mark would be if Kris Richard can get our safety positions figured out and get them playing solid. I’d be pumped if they pulled your draft scenario off especially if they figured a way to get Jewell too.

  • Saul Molina

    That would be an A+ draft

  • Saul Molina

    They could get vita vea rd1 trade back for will hernandez get josey jewell and sign tre boston or kenny vaccaro

    • GoNavyBeatArmy

      The problem with Tre Boston is he wants ET money, which, at least so far, no team is willing to pay.

  • Stasheroo

    I don’t hate the idea but it should be fleshed out better with more accurate trade cost numbers.

  • Garrett Smith

    Author, this is one of the most sound theories I’ve heard. Thank you for displaying a bit of football acumen.

  • Alan Kelley

    Yeah, VV will probably be a beast in the nfl, and Will H will probably be one too. This scenario has one glaring problem; the DL is already fairly deep in the Cowboys organization and the LB Corp is very thin. Lee gets hurts every year. Smith is still unknown, so this area should be a much much bigger concern…. Just saying…

  • Hoosiers86

    I think the Cowboys will get Dez to take a pay cut and keep him one more year, so this scenerio in the 1st round would be great for Dallas. They do need linebackers, a safety who can cover and tackle, a TE, as I hope this is Witten’s last year. Then draft for special teams and the future.

  • Frank Castle

    How about the Cowboys trade their pick to the Pats for their two picks? Maybe the pats want a WR from Alabama.

  • Edward Wigglesworth

    If they can pull this off awesome, I sincerely doubt it. All this talk of Dallas being loaded with compensation picks is BS…they are all last pick in 4th round and below…they are throw away

  • EverybodyTalks

    The 4 compensatory picks are worth 88 points depending on what trade value chart you use. The Dallas 2nd round pick, plus all the comp picks, doesn’t get you close to any other 1st round pick. It would take all of the above – your 2nd(400 pts.), 3rd(185 pts.), 4th(62 pts.) and 3 comps(74 pts.), which puts Dallas at 721 pts. for the 25th pick. Basically, you are saying let’s shoot it all for a Guard. Sorry, but there are other needs to be addressed and that won’t happen when all you have left are a 6th and 7th round pick.

  • GoNavyBeatArmy

    Dropping two top 100 picks to get Will Hernandez is a pretty steep price I think. Aren’t there any guards that may be available at 50 that aren’t that far below Hernandez? For Instance, is Billy Price that much of a downgrade from Hernandez that you’d essentially drop your 3rd rd pick (equivalently) to take Hernandez?

  • Randy Terhorst

    That would be great if they could do it.

  • Randy Terhorst

    As far as the TE thing goes i think Rico is going to be a good one.

  • Justin T Johnston

    Unfortunately the only way we get VV is trading up. He’s not falling to us.

  • Myson Youknowwho

    Great if it COULD happen. However I am beginning to believe Vea won’t be there for Dallas to pick at 19. Now if you want to trade back to 23-26 pick Hernandez and pick up a extra second that you use to move back into the first for say Payne I would be fine with that

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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

You may not be aware or maybe you've simply forgotten, but the Dallas Cowboys have struggled drafting players in the 2nd-round who can come in and contribute. Typically players drafted this highly are not only immediate contributors as a rookie, but are cornerstone players for years to come. That hasn't been the case for the Cowboys.

I don't know where you stand, but I was beginning to think the Dallas Cowboys were cursed with their 2nd-round draft picks. I know this was an area where they would gamble on players for some reason or another, but unfortunately it never really paid off. Hopefully, things are changing for the better.

Let's take a look back at past drafts to see what I'm talking about.

Past 2nd-Round Draft Picks Dating Back to 2006:

2018 Connor Williams
2017 Chidobe Awuzie
2016 Jaylon Smith
2015 Randy Gregory
2014 DeMarcus Lawrence
2013 Gavin Escobar
2012 (no selection) used to trade for Morris Claiborne
2011 Bruce Carter
2010 Sean Lee
2009 (no selection) traded out of 2nd-round
2008 Martellus Bennett
2007 (no selection) used to trade back into 1st for Anthony Spencer
2006 Anthony Fasano

You may be wondering why I decided to start all the way back in 2006. Well, I believe that's when the 2nd-round draft picks curse started for the Dallas Cowboys.

Anthony Fasano ended up having a solid career in the NFL, but he never lived up to his draft status as a former 2nd-round draft pick. The same can be said for Martellus Bennett, Gavin Escobar, and Bruce Carter. Shed a tear for them if you want, but I'd put them in the "bust" category.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

The sad truth is, Sean Lee is the only 2nd-round draft pick on this list to ever see a second contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Although, I guess you can include DeMarcus Lawrence since he will be playing under the franchise tag in 2018. But, that's still not a very good hit percentage in the 2nd-round for more than a decade. Luckily, it looks as if things are changing.

DeMarcus Lawrence might end up being another "hit" for the Cowboys. It may have taken him four years to reach his potential, but there's no denying how dominant he was last season. If he can maintain that dominance this season, he could be looking at a big payday from the Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys took a risk on the next two players they drafted after D-Law. They knew Randy Gregory had his off the field issues, but were willing to take a chance on his talent in the 2nd-round. That has yet to pay off, but Gregory has a chance to rebound now that it looks as if he has his life back in order.

Jaylon Smith

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

The Cowboys took another risk in the following draft when they drafted Jaylon Smith. No one knew if he would ever be able to play again after the devastating knee injury he sustained in his final collegiate game, but it's looking as if he could make a full recovery and return to his pre-injury form. Year 3 will be big for him, but he could end up being an absolute steal.

Fortunately, the Cowboys 2017 and 2018 2nd-round draft picks (Chidobe Awuzie and Connor Williams) look to be cornerstone players for years to come. That's what you're looking for in players drafted this highly.

I say all of this because it's really looking like the Dallas Cowboys have finally broken their 2nd-round curse. Maybe it's a change in draft philosophy or maybe it's because Will McClay's voice carries more weight in the draft room, but it's definitely good news for the future of the franchise. Hopefully it continues.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys 2nd-round curse has ended?



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Cowboys Draft Class: How Many Will Be Starters In 2018?

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2018 NFL Combine: 3 LBs Who Impressed
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The Dallas Cowboys have been showered with praise by most national NFL media outlets for their 2018 NFL Draft class. NFL.com graded the Cowboys as having the 2nd best class in the league, and most other analysts have agreed that the team had a strong showing.

But now, of course, it's time to see what these new players will actually do on the field. Some are hoping the team found 3-5 new starters for the 2018 roster, but history would suggest that is pretty rare.

Dallas' 2016 draft class has been lauded as one of the best in the last decade, especially considering they look to have found their franchise quarterback in round four. That strong class only features four full-time starters heading into 2018, but we have to wonder if that's the outlier and not the norm.

Still, as we look back and examine this 2018 draft class it really appears they have found three day one starters in the first three rounds.

First round pick Leighton Vander Esch is expected to be the starting MIKE linebacker this season, with former second round selection Jaylon Smith moving to SAM. Vander Esch wasn't my favorite option at 19, but he is certainly starter-worthy in this Cowboys LB corps.

On day two the Cowboys added OL Connor Williams and WR Michael Gallup, two of my personal favorite picks of their entire class. Williams should be the starting LG week 1 of the season, and Michael Gallup may overtake Allen Hurns as the most productive WR on the roster by year's end.

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 1: DUPLICATE***Colorado State Rams wide receiver Michael Gallup (4) picks up a few yards after catch as Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Isaiah Oliver (26) comes in for the tackle during the first quarter on September 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Sports Authority Field. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

What about the rest of the class?

Dorance Armstrong will probably have too much competition to start at defensive end this season, but he should be an interesting rotational pass rusher. TE Dalton Schultz has the chance to surprise some people, but overtaking Geoff Swaim as the "starter" would be unexpected.

After that, the player with the best chance to make the team and contribute early on might be Boise State WR Cedrick Wilson. Wilson was a late day-two, early day-three pick to me so snagging him in the sixth round should provide incredible value to this roster. That wide out room is getting very crowded, though, so Wilson has his work cut out for him heading into camp.

How many of the Cowboys' 2018 draft picks will be starters in 2018? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.



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Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?

One of the many winners of the 2018 NFL Draft were, without a doubt, the Dallas Cowboys. Not only did they addressed some of the team's most pressing needs, but they managed to draft very talented, capable players beyond the first round.

Cowboys Nation had to feel better about the rookie class the front office walked away with, specially after the second day of the Draft. Just like last year, they managed to find steals in the second and third rounds. In 2017, they did so with Cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. Now, they stayed put at their original picks and walked away with OL Connor Williams and WR Michael Gallup.

But first things first. In the eyes of many, Leighton Vander Esch wasn't worth the 19th overall pick. While I do agree that Vander Esch was a questionable selection, the Cowboys fixed arguably their most concerning position of all. As much as it pains to admit it, Sean Lee has yet to play an entire NFL season and Jaylon Smith was pretty much the only other capable starter on the roster.

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Although Vander Esch needs to develop a ton before reaching his full potential. he's a week 1 starter and an early contributor for this defense. Whether it felt like a "reach" or not, the Cowboys took a starter in the Boise State linebacker.

Later, the Cowboys managed to add an arguably first-round talent with pick #50 to plug-and-play along the offensive line. Texas OL Connor Williams was also seen as a tackle prospect, but he'll likely start at guard for Dallas as a rookie.

Since Ron Leary left for Denver, the left guard spot hasn't been as stable. Jonathan Cooper did a decent job filling that spot, but with Williams taking his place, the Cowboys dominance in the trenches will finally return. Playing next to All-Pros Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick, Connor Williams might become the best rookie in this class for the Cowboys.

One can't simply say the team found a "replacement" for Dez Bryant since he's a special player and with a very specific skill set, but Michael Gallup from Colorado State has the potential to become the team's WR1 pretty soon.

In the team's effort to build a Dak-friendly offense, Gallup is a crafty and smooth route-runner who has what it takes to play in any spot of the offense. His skill-set will allow him to play anywhere on the field and become Dak's favorite target in a year in which Jason Witten and Dez Bryant will no longer be lining up on his squad.

Taken in the first three rounds, Vander Esch, Williams and Gallup will be unquestionable starters. The question, however, is who else could become a starter for the Cowboys? Who could line up and start in week 1?

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Even though it definitely isn't as certain as the other three rookies, I'm betting on Dalton Schultz to be a more important starter than we imagine. Listen, maybe it's not an ideal scenario to have the TE from Stanford start in week 1, but it could be necessary.

The Rico Gathers Adventure might just be over before it starts and Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin may not be anything special. In college, Schultz was pretty good at run blocking. In the Cowboys' offense, led by one of the best running backs in the league, Ezekiel Elliott, Schultz may be able to find success earlier than expected.

Besides, he has what it takes to catch passes in the NFL and although he certainly won't be the flashiest, he could be enough to give Dak Prescott a reliable tight end.

Dalton Schultz could be the surprise of this Draft for Dallas. He'll probably become a starter at some point in the season and for a fourth-round pick, that's a very good thing to say.

For a front office that's constantly bashed by Cowboys Nation, their job at this year's NFL Draft was a pretty good one. Now it's just a matter of time to find out which picks were as good as we originally thought.

Tell me what you think about "Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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