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2020 NFL Draft: Why Trading Up Could Make More Sense Than Ever Before

The pandemic is creating all sorts of new challenges for teams as they prepare for the 2020 Draft. Given these unusual circumstances and limitations in players, could it make this a year where teams would be better off packaging their draft picks and trading up into higher spots?

While the traditional philosophy has always been to try and get more picks by trading down or trading away veteran players, 2020 is giving teams less opportunities to evaluate talent. College Pro Days were mostly cancelled and interviews are having to be done over the internet.

Granted, everyone is in the same boat. And while this may not be a major deterrent with players who go in the early rounds, what about small-school prospects and others that you just never got a chance to get a good look at?

If there's less familiarity or certainty with prospects in the middle and later rounds of the draft, teams could easily be more motivated to try and use those picks to move up in Rounds 1-3.

The Cowboys are one team that hasn't been afraid to up in the modern era. They did in 2012 to get and again in 2014 for .

Depending on how Dallas feels about their current talent and their comfort level with the 2020 rookie class, I could easily see them looking to move up at various points in this draft. Other than a few specific needs at WR and CB they have solid depth across the board after their activity.

Perhaps I am underestimating how much evaluation work has been hindered during the current health crisis, or overrating how much teams base their decisions on what happens between February and April. After all, we got a full season and the came and went before COVID-19 started shutting things down.

Still, with the typical evaluation process being hindered in some ways, I can't help but wonder if it will cause teams to be less clingy to their middle and late-round picks. If so, it could mean a very active trade market during the .

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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