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Chargers, Patriots, and Bears Make Perfect Trade Back Targets for the Dallas Cowboys

Draft week is finally upon us and the speculation is about to reach a fever pitch in terms of what the Dallas Cowboys do with the 10th overall pick. While, cornerback is the most popular answer here, the Cowboys front office may be presented with some options to go back in the draft and pick up an extra second or third round (or more) pick from a team looking to come up.

Sure, it’s hard to stomach trading away from a potential star in Patrick Surtain, Jaycee Horn, Kyle Pitts, or Rashawn Slater. At the same time picking up an extra top 100 pick could mean adding another starter to your defense if you were so inclined.

The Los Angeles Chargers are reportedly in the market for an offensive tackle to help provide protection for second-year starter Justin Herbert. Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater, the top two offensive tackles in the draft may both come off the board before the Cowboys pick at 10, but if one of them falls to Dallas, the Chargers may feel the need to jump in front of the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles to grab their starting tackle.

To go from 10 to 13, the Cowboys would need to get pick 77 from the Chargers to make the math work, at least.

Depending on who is available at pick 10, the Cowboys would likely need four of their targets to be on the board to consider trading away from them.

Both New England and the Chicago Bears are in the market for a quarterback. With as many as four quarterbacks projected to go in the top 10, the Cowboys could be in a position for teams to trade up to 10 for that fourth or fifth quarterback in the class.

Sidenote. This quarterback class is crazy good. 

In this instance, it would take a lot more than an extra top 100 pick if a team like the Patriots or Bears were interested in moving up for their signal caller.

Per the NFL Draft trade value chart put together by Draftek, the New England Patriots would have to give up pick 46 to make the math work to come up to 10. However, if they’re looking for a quarterback, I’d need them to come up with 15, 46, and their 2022 first round pick. At minimum.

If the Chicago Bears were looking to come up to 10, they better be prepared to come with the thunder. For the Dallas Cowboys to drop back that far in the draft, it would require a pretty substantial overpay. Think 49ers moving to three.

Trading back to 13 or 15 keeps them in range for possibly landing Jaycee Horn, but if he’s not there an Azeez Ojulari or Greg Newsome consolation prize isn’t all bad either. Plus you get the benefit of picking up extra picks along the way. Going back to 20, you’re talking about landing Greg Newsome or Trevon Moehrig as your consolation prizes.

Still, not too shabby.

The Dallas Cowboys will have options with the 10th overall pick and likely options they are just fine with standing pat and taking. Even if there are teams willing to pay a pretty penny to trade up, if the Cowboys sat there at 10 and picked their favorite cornerback, we won’t be disappointed, that’s for sure. At the same time, it’s important to listen to offers, because you never know who’s going to make you an offer you can’t refuse.

What do you think?

John Williams

Written by John Williams

Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.

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  1. A draft pick in itself has no value. The value is the player you pick. So,losing out on a sure player at 10 to get more picks is wrong when the players you choose later have a degrading probability of being good. Especially, the Boys seem bad at choosing players in the second round grades. So,to give up the sure thing g at 10 is very questionable.

  2. SIempre44 .. If Parsons and Surtain are gone, and your heck bent on going with a defensive player, Horn and any other defensive player also represents risk at #10 … Moehrig is about the only other sure thing. Yet, if they are your targets in such a case, trading back and maybe having at a shot at them later is prudent indeed.

    If I had any question about the idea of trading back, its more financial as 10 picks is already expected to eat up about $10m? Seems to me like a good year to possibly package picks and move up in Rds 2-4?

  3. The great debate, trade up or trade down or stand pat. We really won’t know for at least a couple of years or longer, which option may have been the best option. When these individual prospects turn out great, or decent, or go bust.

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