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

Brian Martin



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?

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

Kevin Brady



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. 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.

Cowboys Land Small School WR In Latest PFF Mock Draft

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



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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Why Cowboys Nation Should Feel Better About Leighton Vander Esch

Mauricio Rodriguez



Why Cowboys Nation Should Feel Better About Leighton Vander Esch
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A week ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell walked out to the stage at AT&T Stadium to announce the Dallas Cowboys first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. For the second consecutive year, a large portion of Cowboys Nation was not pretty happy about the player America's Team had drafted in the first day of the Draft.

Boise State's Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has become one of the main debates among Cowboys fans right now and will continue to be one at least until the season starts. Some are fine with the decision the front office made and some simply don't view Vander Esch as a first round talent.

Naturally, taking Leighton in the first round has been widely compared to the team's last first round pick: Taco Charlton.

Both of these selections resulted in fans all around the world complaining and criticizing the selections since they both seemed like a reach, arguing that they could've gotten better players at other positions.

But fans shouldn't be so quick to compare the Charlton and Vander Esch selections, because they really aren't that similar. Sure, most of the media and Draft fans didn't consider any of these players worthy of a first round pick, but that doesn't mean both players were ranked similarly in the Cowboys' draft board.

Defensive End Taco Charlton, despite showing some very promising flashes towards the end of the year, wasn't able to become a starter at any point during his rookie season. Hopefully he develops into one next season. But when you're talking about first-round picks, being a solid starter at the end of the season at the latest is a very usual expectation.

Possibly what made the Taco pick hurt even more, is the fact that the front office didn't even consider him a first-round talent. Although he was drafted to wear the Star with the 28th overall pick, he wasn't their guy.

Drew Davison on Twitter

The #Cowboys had three first-round grades on DEs, but Taco Charlton wasn't one of them.

With Leighton Vander Esch, the same can't be said. The Cowboys knew he was their guy and that they were going to take him, regardless of the situation. For many weeks we wondered about just every scenario the team might face when they were on the clock.

What if DE Harold Landry is available? What if Calvin Ridley is still on the board? What if Derwin James slides, would they trade up?

For the front office, there was quite a lot of talent to choose from at 19 (not to mention James did slide out of the top 15), but they still took Leighton Vander Esch, even with Landry and Ridley on the board. We might disagree with the pick. We might not think the Boise State's product should've been taken so early. That's completely fine.

But Cowboys Nation should be happy knowing that this was the guy they wanted all along. Maybe if Derwin James hadn't been drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers with the 17th pick, Dallas would have still taken Vander Esch.

 "If the Cowboys traded up a few spots in the first round, I believe it would have been to ensure they got Vander Esch, not get James or Edmunds." Dane Brugler on the Cowboys' approach to the Draft. 

For now, it's time to root for the Dallas Cowboys' new rookie. Vander Esch will provide a special factor to this defense and has the potential to become a very good starter down the road. Playing side by side with Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith will certainly help his development and turn him into an impact player soon.

At the end of the day, it takes years to properly evaluate how a draft pick turned out in the NFL. There are first round players who turn out to be complete busts just like there are sixth or seventh round players that go on to become superstars in the league.

The Dallas Cowboys did a hell of a job addressing their needs throughout the Draft this year and there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about this year's draft picks. Leighton Vander Esch is without a doubt, one of them.

Tell me what you think about "Why Cowboys Nation Should Feel Better About Leighton Vander Esch" 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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