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

Kevin Brady



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.

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.



  1. nick

    April 5, 2018 at 11:41 am

    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.

  2. Saul Molina

    April 5, 2018 at 11:48 am

    That would be an A+ draft

  3. Saul Molina

    April 5, 2018 at 11:50 am

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

    • GoNavyBeatArmy

      April 6, 2018 at 5:50 am

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

  4. Stasheroo

    April 5, 2018 at 1:26 pm

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

  5. Garrett Smith

    April 5, 2018 at 2:56 pm

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

  6. Alan Kelley

    April 5, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    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…

  7. Hoosiers86

    April 5, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    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.

  8. Frank Castle

    April 5, 2018 at 5:54 pm

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

  9. Edward Wigglesworth

    April 5, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    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

  10. EverybodyTalks

    April 5, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    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.

  11. GoNavyBeatArmy

    April 6, 2018 at 5:55 am

    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?

  12. Randy Terhorst

    April 6, 2018 at 7:13 am

    That would be great if they could do it.

  13. Randy Terhorst

    April 6, 2018 at 7:15 am

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

  14. Justin T Johnston

    April 6, 2018 at 8:25 am

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

  15. Myson Youknowwho

    April 6, 2018 at 11:32 am

    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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Cowboys Draft Target: South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Draft Target: South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

Our search for a new pass catcher for the Cowboys in this years' draft class continues, this time with a wide receiver.

South Carolina's Deebo Samuel put himself on the map with a strong Sophomore season, but fell off a bit due to a severe leg injury early in 2017. After a strong 2018 campaign, and an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, Samuel has played himself back into early Day Two draft discussions.

The Player

I don't know that anyone "won" Senior Bowl week more than Deebo Samuel did this January. Samuel, who had to deal with some poor quarterback play throughout his college career, didn't get much of a break in that department either at the Senior Bowl. But, he did show out every day at practice, and seemed to go viral on Twitter at least once a day.

During his actual collegiate season, Samuel finished with 882 yards and 11 touchdowns on 62 catches, solid production especially coming off an injury and playing in a limited offense. Initially in the NFL, Samuel is going to make his money in the slot. He's a shifty yet explosive receiver type than can quickly beat defenders with his speed. He's not the speedster than someone like Marquise Brown is, but he is explosive enough in his own right, especially in terms of short-area quickness.

Samuel isn't someone who will go up and grab the ball consistently, or even make up for inaccurate throws as often as some others might be able to. But he does have reliable hands, and his ability to get open quickly and create separation should give someone like Dak Prescott easy windows to find him in for completions.

What makes Deebo Samuel so fun for me to watch, though, is his ability after the catch. Despite his lack of size, Samuel is tough as nails, and rarely defers out of bounds or avoids contact. He's built well enough to withstand that contact as well, and when he gets free, he's hard to catch and bring down.

The Fit

Drafting Deebo Samuel 58th overall would be a heck of a haul for the Dallas Cowboys. In need of another playmaker in the passing game, the Cowboys could make immediate use of Samuel's talents in 2019, specifically as a slot receiver.

As has been mentioned ad nauseam, it seems unlikely that Cole Beasley will be returning to the team this season, which makes the need for a slot wide-out that much greater. Samuel has big play ability from the slot already, and has traits which project him to potentially work outside as well. If he tests well enough at the combine, reps on the outside could very well be in his future.

Samuel should be on every Cowboys fans' shortlist of draft targets in the second round this year.

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3 Potential Day 2 Tight End Prospects for the Dallas Cowboys

Brian Martin



3 Potential Day 2 Tight End Prospects for the Dallas Cowboys

By now it's no secret the Dallas Cowboys don't have a first-round draft pick in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. The Amari Cooper trade took care of that, meaning sitting through the entire Day 1 could be a little tiresome for us fans. But, Day 2 of the draft could get really interesting for the Cowboys, especially as it pertains to the players/positions they could target.

Today, I wanted to take a look at a few of the Day 2 tight end prospects the Dallas Cowboys could be interested in. This would be the second tier of TEs behind the likes of T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant, and Irv Smith, all of which should be gone by the time the Cowboys are on the clock at 58th overall in the second round.

I really believe that if the Dallas Cowboys plan on drafting a starting caliber tight end in this year's draft class they are going to have to do it with either their second or third round selection. The TEs available beyond that point probably aren't much of an upgrade over Blake Jarwin or Dalton Schultz, which is praise in itself about the upside of the young TEs they currently have on the roster.

With all of that in mind, I put together a list of three tight ends I would personally target on Day 2 if I were the Cowboys. I tried to identify what they typically look for in a starting TE (size, speed, athleticism), while also taking into account the ones that are are versatile enough to contribute on all three downs in both the running and passing game.

Isaac Nauta, Georgia

Isaac Nauta

Georgia TE Isaac Nauta

Isaac Nauta is a former five-star recruit who never really lived up to his billing during his time with the Georgia Bulldogs. He is a top-notch blocker both in line and when split out wide, but due to the Bulldogs run heavy offense he never really developed into the pass catcher many envisioned him becoming. He possesses good speed and terrific hands to be a threat in the passing game though, even if he doesn't show a lot of separation ability on film.

Nauta looks and plays like a prototypical Dallas Cowboys tight end. He has the desired size (6'4", 246), athleticism, and skill set to step in and be the Cowboys TE1 as a rookie. His blocking ability alone will get him on the field early, but he also shows enough pass catching ability to be a threat in the passing game as well. Overall, Nauta is a pro-ready three down TE who is a high floor prospect with very little downside.

Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M

Jace Sternberger

Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger

Jace Sternberger is a former three-star recruit and the definition of a one-year wonder. He was basically a complete unknown before the 2018 season and had just one catch for 5 yards during his two years at Kansas before deciding to transfer to JUCO. He didn't fare much better at Northern Oklahoma A&M, but Jimbo Fisher thought enough of him to bring him aboard a Texas A&M, essentially turning him into an All-American and first team All-SEC.

Sternberger is almost the exact opposite of Isaac Nauta, but still has the desired traits the Dallas Cowboys look for in their tight ends. Unlike Nauta, Sternberger is much more accomplished as a passing threat. He runs and moves like a big wide receiver and possesses good separation ability. Due to his size (6'4", 250) and athletic ability he is difficult to bring down after the catch as well. He's not as accomplished as a blocker as Nauta, but he shows good technique and will improve in time with added strength. He has the ability to be the Cowboys TE1 as a rookie.

Dawson Knox, Ole Miss

Dawson Knox

Ole Miss TE Dawson Knox

Dawson Knox is a former walk-on quarterback at Ole Miss, but spent the last two years playing tight end for the Rebels. He is one of the more difficult tight ends to evaluate in this draft class due to the unorthodox offense he played in and his usage in the system, but may actually be more pro-ready than many of us believe. He does have the size (6'4", 250), speed, and natural hands to be a complete three-down TE in the NFL and reminds me a little bit of George Kittle when he was entering the league.

Knox is still pretty raw as a player, but moldable and he has the upside to be one of the best tight ends in this entire draft class. He could probably compete to be the Dallas Cowboys TE1 as a rookie, but it might be better for him to be in a timeshare of sorts while he develops his God-given talent. Nevertheless, I have a hard time seeing him making it out of Day 2 of the draft, especially after he puts on a show at the NFL Scouting Combine. His talent might be too much for the Cowboys to pass up.

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Could Cowboys Take Another 2nd Round Risk On DT Jeffery Simmons?

Mauricio Rodriguez



Could Cowboys Take Another 2nd Round Risk On DT Jeffery Simmons?

The Dallas Cowboys have taken a few risks when on the clock in the second round of the NFL Draft in recent years. Randy Gregory and Jaylon Smith, both important starters on defense, were drafted to the Cowboys after they went down on many teams' draft boards. In 2019, they'll have the opportunity to take yet another risk. Recently, one of the best defensive tackles in this year's class, Jeffery Simmons, suffered a torn ACL while going through a drill during his workout in Florida.

Simmons took to Twitter to share the unfortunate news that will drastically affect his draft stock only a couple of months before the Draft.

Jeffery Simmons on Twitter

Jeffery Simmons on Twitter

Before the injury, Jeffery Simmons was seen as a top draft prospect. Some even envisioned him being drafted in the top 10. As a 21-year old defensive tackle from Mississippi State, Simmons had an impressive career during his time in college football. In three seasons he managed to rack up 157 tackles and seven sacks.

If one thing is clear it's that the Mississippi State product will be an impact player when he gets on the field on Sundays. His quick reaction on the get-off will still interest a lot of teams despite his injury. A sound defender on the running and passing game, he'll pay big dividends for whichever team decides to pull the trigger on him come April.

Due to their recent second round draft history, I can't help but wonder if the Dallas Cowboys will consider him when they're on the clock in the second round. This year though, there will be a big difference. Pick #58 will be the first time the Cowboys will be on the clock in this year's draft after trading away their first rounder for Amari Cooper last year.

It will be tough for them to wait until the third round to pick a player they could actually put on the field for the 2019 season. Specially considering the fact that they're a football team with title aspirations this year. Despite their history and the fact that Simmons will be one hell of a pro, I believe the team will not want to make such a pick in the second without a first round selection.

The team has a big need at DT, although Antwaun Woods and Maliek Collins were very serviceable in 2018. We'll see how tempted they are if Jeffery Simmons is still on the board when they're on the clock.

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