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Could Cowboys Trade Dez Bryant or Cole Beasley During the Draft?

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Could Dez Bryant or Cole Beasley get Traded During Draft?

No one really knows exactly what the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver position will look like when the 2018 season gets underway. There are still way too many things that can happen between now and then to know anything for certain, but things could become much clearer after the completion of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Luckily, the draft is just two weeks away, which should help put an end to any kind of speculation or rumors circulating around the Internet. One thing is for sure though, things could start to get really interesting April 26 when the draft gets underway.

I know it's extremely rare for veteran players to get traded during the draft, but if I'm Dez Bryant or Cole Beasley for that matter, I'm sitting a little uneasy until it's all over. Both of them could be at risk of getting traded.

I know I'm probably reading too much into the fact the Dallas Cowboys haven't made an official announcement about what they plan to do with their stockpile of wide receivers, but something's got to give. There are just simply too many WRs on the roster right now and not all of them are going to make the final cut.

Unfortunately, Cole Beasley is entering the last year of his contract and Dez Bryant's contract doesn't match his production. Also, it looks as if the Dallas Cowboys could possibly have their replacements already on the roster in Allen Hurns and Ryan Switzer. Things don't look too good for the Cowboys top two WRs right now.

Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys WRs Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley

I have absolutely no doubt both Bryant and Beasley would receive a lot of interest from several teams around the league if they were put on the trade market. Bryant isn't quite as washed up as a lot of Cowboys Nation believes, and Beasley is one of the better slot receivers in the league.

Off the top of my head, the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks all have needs at wide receiver and could show some degree of interest in acquiring Dez Bryant or Cole Beasley. If the Cowboys wanted, I don't think they would have any problem finding a willing trade partner.

With 10 draft picks already, the Dallas Cowboys could use Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley to do even more wheeling and dealing.

For instance, if they wanted to move up in the first round for a player they truly coveted, they could sweeten the deal by throwing in Bryant or Beasley. That could keep them from giving up an extra draft pick and dump a player with an expiring contract.

This of course is all speculation, but not completely out of the realm of possibility. Like I mentioned earlier, things could really get interesting when the draft finally gets underway.

Should Dallas trade Dez Bryant or Cole Beasley during the draft?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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14 Comments
  • Charles Vine

    LOL

  • Nicholas J Burrow

    Trade Twill…. his production has been nonexistent since he was drafted. I like Brice butler better. Noah Brown isn’t too far from the guy.
    Draft WR in the second (Sutton, Moore, Kirk, Washington) and keep Dez for one more year to increase trade value.
    Beasley, if you can get a 3rd, I move him, if not, I take a comp 4th in 2019.

  • oneputter

    beasley is more expandable than dez is, we must keep dez.

    it’s funny how people never complain about beasley being a no show last year, where was his production? where did he go? i’d move him.

    and yes there are plenty of wr’s in this years draft.

    • Jonathan Young

      Beasley was non-existent because of the year he had before. Defenses took notice of what he did last year and our coaches got out coached with him in mind. I see Beasley taken a team friendly deal before Dez does. Keep #19, the trade up I would do is in the 2nd rd. Move up in that Rd or in the back end of the 1st.

      #19 Vita Vea or Da’Ron Payne
      Late first or early second,
      Rashaan Evans

      • oneputter

        dez has dealt with it his entire career and has managed to make plays. you can say the same for both players about how coaching or non-coaching has “ruined” them the last few years.

        IMO, beasley had off the field activities he was more interested in than football last year.

  • Nick Russo

    I think if you can trade dez, you have to. It is likely the last opportunity we have to get any type of return on him. Otherwise we are paying him $16.5 million to lose him after the season for nothing. I think that either way, we need to look at this draft and try to get a young potential WR1 like a DJ Moore, Kirk, or Calvin Ridley if he falls. As you mentioned trading dez could allow us to get one of those guys and still fill other holes in the top 100. I personally don’t want to trade Beasley because I think that his ability to get open is what helps dak out most. I would really love to see linehan figure out a way to get both switzer and Beasley on the field together and see how it can help the offense.

  • William Pep Hatcher

    Trade both of them and cut Witten’s slow add.

  • Randy Martin

    You may as well add T-Will to that list. With certainty, we know somebody is out in the WR Rio, especially knowing they are looking hard at WR in the draft. Personally, I’m hopeful that his contract gets re-negotiated tomorrow and he stays for one more year. I’d like to see if he and Dak can connect one more year and how he will pair with Hurns. But even if his contract is resolved it wouldn’t preclude him from being involved in a trade maybe in a swap with Seattle for ET. Draft picks might need to be involved, depending on how the sides view that trade. That would also scratch off safety from our needs list and pull WR to the forefront. It’s going to be interesting to say the least over the next few weeks.

  • elindio42

    I don’t think Dez taking a pay cut is an option. He would feel “disrespected” and his sulking and pouting would fracture the locker room. To me, its either cut him or trade him and soon.

    I like the trade option to move up in the draft a lot.

  • Turri Smith

    Once again, I’ve been saying it from the start. NE could use Beasley, trade him for a second or third and continue to build depth. No one in there right mind would trade for DEZ so he will be a June 1 cut. Use that money to sign Martin and tank. All this does is put more pressure on Dak and the coaches to perform. Be careful what you ask for. One more thing………when will the front office realize that witten can’t beat a old woman in a wheelchair. Great that you restructured but you are not that player that defenses gameplan for. Go to the booth, you will always be a cowboys great but it’s time for you to go as well.DC4L

  • Ronnie Mitchell

    Keep Dez for the remainder of his contract. Trade Cole Beasley to New England for a 3rd round pick or keep him if you can’t. Trade T Will for a water girl or what ever someone will give. Play Rico at TE and limit Wittens play down to 1/3 the snaps until he retires. Witten is my favorite, but it’s 3 years to long to have replaced him. If you want to win in this league you can’t let your feelings get it the way of winning. Make the correct moves to make the team better. The buddy system needs to come to a end and it’s time to win more rings.

  • Corey

    I agree Dez Bryant’s attitude on the sideline sucks, but last season wasn’t entirely on him. If Dallas had a decent number 2 WR to take some of the double teaming off of him, that would have helped. Terrance Williams couldn’t catch a cold.

  • Will

    Trade both. Let Beasley fulfill his destiny as Tom Brady’s slot machine, and swing Dez to either SF, ATL, or BAL for an extra 2 or 3

  • EverybodyTalks

    Is it just me or are there way to many WRs and way to much cost at WR for a run first offense? Do we need all these X,Y,Z and A,B,C receivers? Really? Get the Guard filled in @ #19 or move up from #50. Take those 10 picks and move around, up and down, so that we have 6 or 7 good picks, devoting the majority of them to the defense. DL, S, 2LB, G, WR, and maybe another RB – in no particular order (except G). It will be interesting to see which WRs become trade bait.

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Looking Ahead to 2019 NFL Mock Drafts, a Pass Catching Theme Persists

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Looking Ahead to 2019 NFL Mock Drafts a Theme Persists

The Dallas Cowboys haven't played the 2018 NFL season yet, but that shouldn't stop us from looking ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft and seeing what players the team will have their eye on this fall.

With the NFL season fast approaching, that means the college football season is as well, and as we look through these mocks, perhaps you get an idea of whom to watch with a Cowboys perspective this fall.

I scoured the internet looking for the best and brightest minds and their "way too early 2019 mocks." As I perused the mocks, one thing was clear. Many of the national writers see the Dallas Cowboys going with an offensive pass catcher in the 2019 NFL Draft. Namely a TE.

TE Noah Fant, Iowa

Noah Fant, from the University of Iowa, will be a junior in his 2019 season and as a sophomore caught 30 passes for 494 yards (16.5 yards per reception) and 11 touchdowns. The receptions and yardage may not look all that impressive, but if we think about Iowa's offense in the Big 10, we can understand that he's not going to get many opportunities to catch the ball when the team is running it as often as they do.

In fact, the Hawkeyes ran the ball 10 more times per game than they threw it and their quarterback only completed - on average - 15 passes a game.

Fant accounted for 21% of the receiving yards on the season and 42% of the passing touchdowns. He was only 36 yards away from leading the team in receiving despite catching 21 fewer passes than leader Nick Easley. No other pass catcher for Iowa had more than four receiving touchdowns.

If there's something not to like at the moment about Fant, it's his size.

At the moment, College Football Reference has him listed at 232 pounds. There are running backs that weigh more than Fant does and he'll probably need to add about 10-20 pounds in the NFL to be an effective in-line blocker.

Mocked to the Dallas Cowboys by Dane Brugler of The Draft Show on DallasCowboys.com. In a mock draft he did for Sports Day DFW and the Dallas Morning News, he had this to say.

"It is now the post-Witten era in Dallas and unless a tight end on the roster emerges this season, the position could be high on the wish list next offseason. His athleticism makes Fant an appealing up-and-coming prospect."

Dane Brugler - Sports Day DFW, Dallas Morning News

Eric Galko of The Sporting News selected the Iowa tight end to the Cowboys as well, seeing him as a special prospect that has the chance to fill the shoes of Jason Witten.

Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington also had Noah Fant to the Cowboys, thinking they are in need of a Jason Witten replacement.

DE Austin Bryant, Clemson

Depending on what Dallas can get out of Right Defensive Ends Tyrone Crawford, Randy Gregory, Dorance Armstrong, and Charles Tapper, it could have the Cowboys taking a defensive end in the first round for the second time in three years.

Will Brinson's mock doesn't offer much analysis on Bryant, mostly saying that Clemson is going to be good. But here's what Draftek.com's Brett Clancy, who covers the 49ers, had to say about Bryant:

"Clemson's Austin Bryant is the 4th EDGE off the board in this mock and 2nd from his school, but he's still well worth a mid-round pick. Bryant broke out with 8.5 sacks as a junior last year and many thought he'd go pro. I like Bryant's move to stay in school and refine his game, specifically growing a repertoire of pass rush moves to complement his strong edge-setting ability."

Brett Clancy - Draftek.com

Bryant was amazingly disruptive for the Clemson Tigers as a junior, racking up 50 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks. At 6-5 265, he could come in and play right defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys on day one.

DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama

We know that the Dallas Cowboys have an affinity for Power 5 prospects and Jason Garrett goes back with Nick Saban.

Despite that relationship, it hasn't led to many Alabama players being selected by the Dallas Cowboys. Perhaps, that should tell us something.

One other factor that could be in play with Davis is dependent upon who the defensive coordinator is in 2019. We all know that Rod Marinelli doesn't place premium draft value on defensive tackles, but prefers to find diamonds in the rough to develop.

If Kris Richard takes over as the defensive coordinator in 2019, the story could be a bit different. Seattle, with Richard at the defensive helm, selected defensive tackles in the second round of the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts.

If the Dallas Cowboys are going to spend a first on a defensive tackle, this is the guy to do it on.

He was highly productive as a sophomore for the Crimson Tide, racking up 69 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also had one interception that was returned for 19 yards. At 6-7 306 pounds, he has the size and frame to be an immediate impact player on the Dallas Cowboys interior.

If the Dallas Cowboys choose not to resign David Irving in the 2018 offseason and Maliek Collins doesn't take a step forward, then Davis becomes a real possibility.

Here's what Draftek's Cowboys analyst had to say about Raekwon Davis.

"Alabama's Raekwon Davis has played both DT and DE in the Crimson Tide's 3-man line. He can maintain his gaps against the run when needed, but his primary skill set is using his long arms and strong lower body to use a variety of pass rush moves to win with power and speed. 

"One red flag on Davis happened 8/27/17: he was struck in the leg by a stray bullet during the wee hours of Sunday morning at a Tuscaloosa bar (Bar 17) where several shootings have occurred over the past few years. Despite HC Jason Garrett's affinity for Nick Saban coached players, this incident might remove him from the Dallas board."

Long Ball - Dratek.com

Interestingly, Draftek did a second round in this mock and they sent Boston College Safety Lukas Denis to the Dallas Cowboys.

S Jaquan Johnson, Miami

Speaking of safeties, Dan Kadar over at SBNation sent one to the Dallas Cowboys in the form of Jaquan Johnson.

Johnson, from the University of Miami, was very productive in his junior season for the Hurricanes, racking up 96 total tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and four interceptions. He returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown.

Here are Kadar's thoughts on the second team All-ACC player:

"There was a lot of talk during the draft that the Cowboys were in talks to trade for Earl Thomas. If they want to address safety next draft, Johnson was a second-team all-conference player who some thought would go pro."

Dan Kadar - SB Nation

Obviously, this pick will depend on what happens with Earl Thomas over the next nine months and the development of Xavier Woods, but Johnson will be a name to watch for teams that need a safety.

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Miami Hurricanes WR Ahmmon Richards

WR Ahmmon Richards, Miami

Another Hurricane to have on your NFL Draft radars is Wide Receiver Ahmmon Richard, who is going into his junior season at Miami.

The Dallas Cowboys have begun the process of overhauling their wide receiver corp with the departures of Dez Bryant and Brice Butler in the 2018 offseason. In 2019, it's likely that Terrance Williams (contract) and Cole Beasley (age) could be next to go.

That would leave them with Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, Deonte Thompson, Noah Brown, and Cedric Wilson as their WR depth chart. It's certainly a solid group, but adding a talent like Richards could help.

The Draft Wire's Luke Easterling believes, "Richards would be another great addition with impressive size and speed."

In two seasons at Miami, Richards has averaged 18.8 yards per reception, and 68.65 yards per game. He's got deep-threat ability which would combine well with Gallup and Hurns.

WR Collin Johnson, Texas

If Richards doesn't do it for you, then lets head a couple of hours south of Dallas to the University of Texas and Wide Receiver Collin Johnson.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has the Dallas Cowboys going with the junior wide receiver and had this to say:

"The Dallas Cowboys made interesting moves at wide receiver in the 2018 draft—trading Ryan Switzer to Oakland, acquiring Tavon Austin from Los Angeles, not selecting a receiver early—and will head into the upcoming season with a need for a playmaker down the field. Texas' Collin Johnson at 6'6" can be the downfield weapon and red-zone nightmare the Cowboys so badly want.

"Johnson does need to improve upon his production from the last two seasons and prove to scouts he can run well enough to separate from NFL defenders, but his size and hands are already getting buzzed about as teams prepare for the upcoming college season."

Matt Miller - Bleacher Report

I'll agree with Miller that Johnson will need to increase upon his production. Some believe that the quarterback limitations in Austin have been a factor, but at the moment, I'm leery of taking a wide receiver from the Big 12 that doesn't have excellent production in the first round of the draft.

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It's obvious from these mock drafts that analysts see the Dallas Cowboys continuing to invest in pass catchers for their offense and that is a reasonable thought.

Obviously, a lot will change between now and next April when the Dallas Cowboys go on the clock, but this gives us a bit of insight on who to watch in this upcoming college football season.

What names will you be watching in college football this season?



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Does Marquez White Assault Charge Alter Cowboys Plan in Supplemental Draft?

Sean Martin

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Does Marquez White Assault Charge Alter Cowboys Plan in Supplemental Draft?

Last night, it was reported that Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Marquez White has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The incident comes from a traffic confrontation that took place back in October, where White -- according to his camp -- was justified in drawing his weapon for self-defense.

A promising young player that stuck on the Cowboys practice squad in his rookie season, the sixth round pick doesn't need this case hanging over his head as training camp approaches. When considering the timing up against this week's supplemental draft, and the rare crop of defensive back talent available in it, White could soon be fighting for relevance on the Cowboys roster.

Becoming complacent in building one of the best young secondaries in the league won't be an issue for the Cowboys under new Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard. The Cowboys were relying on White to be a depth option behind projected starters Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, and Jourdan Lewis.

White's spot on the depth chart may very well hold up, but by the end of the week he could also have added competition in Adonis Alexander or Sam Beal.

Respectively, the former Virginia Tech and Western Michigan cornerbacks are two of the most talented supplemental prospects to enter the draft in years -- both likely to be the first players drafted since 2015.

Alexander and Beal are also joined by Mississippi State Safety Brandon Bryant as another backup option for Dallas.

Supplemental Draft: CB Adonis Alexander A Depth Option for Cowboys? 1

A lengthy cornerback with the toughness to play on the boundary, Alexander is a similar player to White, and one that Richard should love for his physical traits. Whether or not this natural skill outweighs some maturity issues that saw Alexander fall from freshman starter to suspended at VT will determine if the Cowboys feel comfortable sending away a 2019 draft pick for his services.

Where Alexander's career leaves his arrow trending downward on the eve of the supplemental draft, Beal is a rising prospect that some are calling the best to ever enter this draft.

An all-conference cornerback as a Junior out of Western Michigan, Beal improved with each passing college season, determined to finish out his degree along the way. However, once Beal's eligibility for his Senior season was called into question, the feisty 6'1" CB decided to turn towards the NFL.

Beal's professional football faith is now in the hands of any team that's done their homework on him. Projected to be taken as early as the third round, teams impressed by Beal's tape could be giving away a premium pick in next year's draft to add him just before training camp.

Should this team be the Cowboys, Beal's presence would put more than just White on notice. The Cowboys are also expecting corners like Duke Thomas and Kam Kelly to fight for roster spots. In a perfect world, say the one the Cowboys were living in yesterday before this White news broke, Thomas or Kelly could replace White on the practice squad as the Florida State product took another jump in Oxnard.

Cowboys CB Marquez White Could Emerge in 2018

Dallas Cowboys CB Marquez White

As I've written before though, teams must be relentless in their search for talent. The Cowboys have drafted well, but passed on big name free agents in recent years. The result is a young roster full of potential and ready to compete.

If either Adonis Alexander, Sam Beal, or even Brandon Bryant help them do so this year, we could be right here talking about a new Cowboys rookie in the middle of July. Marquez White would be happy to see this talk overshadow his legal situation for the moment.

This won't be the case when he's competing against another player that will likely cost the Cowboys more than the sixth round pick they invested in him two years ago.

Tell us what you think about "Does Marquez White Assault Charge Alter Cowboys Plan in Supplemental Draft?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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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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