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Cowboys 2017 Mock Draft: Dallas Trades Down With San Francisco

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The more that I study this draft and the possible prospects that could be available for the Dallas Cowboys at 28, the more I like the idea of trading down. Of course, that’s easier said than done. But, for this 2017 Cowboys mock draft I decided to lay out the scenario that the San Francisco 49ers wanted to move up in the first round to 28 in order to acquire a quarterback so they can could take advantage of the fifth year option first-round draft picks receive.

This isn’t the first time the Cowboys have traded down with 49ers. In 2013, both teams were able to work out a trade and even though the 49ers seemed to get the better of the deal according to the NFL trade value chart, the Cowboys ended up with Travis Frederick and Terrance Williams. This time around the trade is pretty equal in point value for both teams, although it favors the Cowboys just a little bit.

The San Francisco 49ers receive the Cowboys first-round draft pick (28th overall), while the Cowboys receive the 49ers second round draft pick (34th overall) and two in the fourth round (109th & 143rd overall). According to Drafttek’s trade value chart, the 28th draft pick is worth 660 points and the 49ers second and two fourth round draft picks are worth 560+76+34= 670. The numbers don’t match up perfectly, but it’s a trade both teams could live with.

Now that we have everything broken down, let’s take a look and see who the Dallas Cowboys can land after trading out of the first round for this mock draft. Use arrow tool provided to navigate through the mock draft.

* All players were selected according to Matt Miller’s player rankings

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  • Terry Jones

    I’d shit my pants if we came away with a haul like this

    • Brian Martin

      LOL Things could very well turn out this way.

  • Terence Rendon

    This mock draft really stink at best. some body need to do there home work better.. In over 100 mock draft that I have ran. Dallas can do whole lot better with there picks if they put in place. Now if Dallas trade down like you think they were.Why would Dallas goes with those sorry picks.

    • Brian Martin

      Terence, you are certainly entitled to your own opinion. I personally think this would be a great draft for the Cowboys. It upgrades the roster and fills positions of need.

  • John Williams

    I think a trade back would be a great idea, especially if it could net an extra 3rd of 4th. This draft is perfectly set up for Dallas to add some more talent on both sides of the ball, but especially defense. There seem to be a lot of really good players that are going to be available to them at 28, so hopefully someone will want to jump up.

    Dallas has been smart with their trading picks the last few years. I’ll also be curious to see what they do to utilize their compensatory picks from 2018 to help their 2017 draft/roster.

    • Brian Martin

      I completely agree with everything you said. I really like the idea of trading back. There so many players that can step in immediately and contribute.

      • John Williams

        Seems like it’s a veeeery deep draft. If they can have 3 picks in the top 60, that’d be just fine by me.

        Someone brought up a good point on Twitter though that it may be difficult to trade back if the quarterbacks fall, because people may look to jump to the early 20’s to get their quarterback.

        • Brian Martin

          That’s a valid argument, but there’s no easy way to figure out exactly how the draft is going to go until it actually starts in a few weeks. The Cowboys are in a good spot to trade down, the only real question is if there is a player there that another team wants to trade up for.

          • John Williams

            absolutely. The only thing that is guaranteed is that there are no guarantees in the draft. At 28 there likely will be an impact defensive player there for them. With that said, there could be several defensive players they like that permit them the opportunity to trade down. But We’ll see. Ready to get this thing going so we can start looking at the roster for the season.

  • EverybodyTalks

    Brian,
    Thanks for your perspective on the draft. I used cbs.sports prospect rankings for the trade with San Fran. CBS had just updated their prospects today. So here it is:

    34) Tyler Bowser – DE/OLB or T.J. Watt OLB/DE
    60) Fabian Moreau – CB
    76) Sidney Jones – CB (I think they only go for Sid due to the extra pick)
    92) Cameron Sutton – CB
    109) Justin Evans – SS
    133) Zach Banner – OG
    143) Tanoh Kpassagnon – DE
    211) Bryan Cox – DE or C.J. Beathard – QB
    228) Aaron Jones – RB
    246) Chad Kelly – QB or Pharaoh Brown TE

    Note: For myself, the idea of only getting 670 for 660 seems light, especially for a move back into the 1st round. In my scenario, Dallas get them to throw in the 161 pick, since they have 2 picks in the 5th round and we have our 5th round pick…Boom!

    161) John Johnson – FS

    In review, I like that both TJ and Tyler as multi-players. I would be happy with either. Fabian flys, Sidney skies and Sutton is insurance until Jones gets better. Evans is a hunter. Banner is really Bruce Banner, the HULK. Tanoh is like Banner, except on the other side of the fence. Byron Cox has the bloodline as does Chip Kelly. CJ Beathard had a better 2015 (undefeated regular season) then 2016. Finally, Aaron Jones looks really solid and a steal, iMHO at 228.
    Disclaimer: They call it a “mock” for a reason.

    • Brian Martin

      This would be an amazing draft for the Cowboys.

      • EverybodyTalks

        Here is a little food for thought. Go with our regular draft #s. 28 for Bowser or Watt. 60 for Fabian. Put Evans at 92 and Tanoh at 133. I would go for Cox at 211 and keep the rest the same. I think that is still a pretty good draft.

        • Brian Martin

          That would definitely work too. I’m personally not a big fan of Tanoh or Cox. I think I would go a different direction there, but that’s just me.

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Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys

Sean Martin

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Sean's Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller A Needed Weapon For Cowboys
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Slotted to pick 19th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in position to add a first-round talent to a team that fell just short of the playoffs at 9-7 in 2017. Faltering entirely on offense without RB Ezekiel Elliott too many times this season, it’s hard to argue this asset is not best spent on new talent at WR.

The Cowboys haven’t drafted a wide receiver in the first round since 2010, trading up for Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant. Frequent injuries and the inability to develop with QB Dak Prescott have diminished Bryant’s status as a star receiver in Dallas, and it may be time to overhaul the position entirely.

After scouting Memphis WR Anthony Miller, he may be just what the Dallas Cowboys need. Let’s take a closer look at his fit in the Cowboys’ offense in the first draft-season edition of Sean’s Scout.

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With 96 receptions for 1,462 yards and 18 touchdowns in his final season at Memphis, Senior WR Anthony Miller is one of the top players at his position in the 2018 NFL Draft. These inflated numbers in the Tigers’ pass-happy offense do little to highlight Miller as a next level prospect…

This film clip and quote from my full scouting report on Miller shows the pure play-making ability Miller has. Miller wouldn’t fill the Cowboys need for an over-the-top burner at WR, but he has no problem tracking the ball with ease and adjusting in the air to make big plays down the field.

…Miller is as tough of a cover as you’ll find thanks to his explosive and concise release off the line.

Anthony Miller is certainly a “Dak-friendly” pass catcher, as he possesses the catch radius to snag passes away from his frame using his exceptionally strong hands. Even when he is covered, Miller is open vertically.

With that said, Miller has more than enough ability to separate with good initial quickness and elite balance through his routes.

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…he wastes no time accelerating through the secondary, and running with a powerful stride that makes it difficult to bring him down.

There may be better technical route runners in this draft class, but few set up defenders as consistently well as Miller — who has the production to match these NFL traits.

A willing run blocker too, Miller could walk into Dallas and immediately earn snaps as an X, Z, or Y receiver. Miller’s best fit to start his career is likely as a Z receiver, drawing less attention in coverage while being allowed to run a full route tree.

…Miller gets on cornerbacks in a hurry, setting them up with his fluidity and size to track the football through contact.

A potential replacement for Terrance Williams with the Cowboys, Miller is somewhat of a similar player in the way he wins with mostly size.

The Memphis product would still be an upgrade over Williams though, as it is much easier to get the ball in Miller’s hands. Add in the red-zone ability that Anthony Miller has to box out defenders, and the run-after-catch burst as an inside target, and Miller is a weapon the Cowboys could desperately use.

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…I found myself constantly impressed with the speed at which Miller gets up the field when taking the ball underneath.

Miller will have nothing but opportunities to raise his draft stock over the coming months. He will be at this month’s Senior Bowl, receiving NFL-level coaching to refine his game. The Scouting Combine will also be critical for Miller’s testing numbers to confirm the athlete seen on tape dominating at Memphis will take the next step.

Earning a second round grade on my 2018 NFL Draft Board, there is a chance the Cowboys have to use their first round pick if they truly want Anthony Miller in Silver and Blue. A very complete player that fills a need, Miller as the Cowboys first pick could make plenty of sense in April.

Tell us what you think about “Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Luxury or Need for Cowboys to Draft Another 1st-Round OL?

Brian Martin

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Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, offensive line

Due to growing concerns about Tyron Smith‘s availability and future health, due to reoccurring back injuries, there seems to be a growing consensus among Dallas Cowboys fans that there’s a need to draft an offensive lineman with the first-round pick. But, is it actually a need, or would it be more of a luxury?

There is legitimate concern about Tyron Smith and his future health.

Back injuries have a way of flaring up at the most inopportune times. It’s also not an injury that’s going away anytime soon, if ever. This is the unknown the Cowboys are faced with heading into the off-season, and it could end up having a major impact on the direction they go in the 2018 NFL Draft.

There seems to be a growing consensus around Cowboys Nation that the Dallas Cowboys should seriously consider selecting the best available offensive tackle with the 19th overall pick.

There are probably two reasons for this:

  1. Tyron Smith’s health concerns, and
  2. the need to upgrade the swing tackle position after watching Byron Bell and Chaz Green play in 2017.

But, the question remains: is drafting yet another offensive lineman in the first-round a luxury or need for the Dallas Cowboys?

Personally, I can see both sides of this argument. So, let’s break it down a little and examine each.

Luxury

Zack Martin

Dallas Cowboys RG Zack Martin

The Dallas Cowboys have already invested an enormous amount of resources to build arguably the best offensive line in the NFL.

They’ve spent three first-round draft picks to acquire Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin, two of which have already received long-term extensions with Martin waiting in the wings.

That’s a lot of money devoted to one position, which ultimately means the Cowboys have to go cheaper in other areas in order to fit under the salary cap. This is the money that would be used in free agency to acquire some of those higher-priced free agents fans are always hankering for.

It also can be used to re-sign some of the Cowboys players at other positions, such as DeMarcus Lawrence.

But, it’s not only the money that makes drafting a first-round OL a luxury.

Four out of five of the Cowboys OL are already pretty much set in stone. The left guard position is really the only unoccupied position right now, but that could be filled rather easily. This, of course, is assuming Tyron Smith stays healthy, but regardless, he is the starting left tackle when the 2018 season begins.

Need

Byron Bell

Dallas Cowboys OL Byron Bell

There’s no reason to believe Tyron Smith will be able to play an entire 16-game season going forward. The last two seasons he has had to sit out several games due to injuries, and unfortunately his back issues aren’t going away anytime soon.

To make matters worse, Dallas doesn’t have an adequate backup, which was proven on more than one occasion in 2017. Hence the need.

With the exception of the quarterback, the left tackle position is arguably the most important on offense. They protect the QB’s blindside and are largely responsible for keeping him healthy and upright.

There’s a reason they are drafted so highly and paid so handsomely: they are that important to a team’s success.

There was also a reason the Dallas Cowboys offense started to sputter once Tyron Smith started missing time. Opposing defenses no longer respected the Cowboys LT, and started putting their best pass rusher on that side to get after Dak Prescott.

Prescott ended up having happy feet and it had a ripple effect throughout the entire offense, and not in a good way.

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Quite honestly, I think it would be a luxury to draft any kind of offensive lineman with the Cowboys’ first-round selection, but I wouldn’t be completely surprised if that’s the direction they went. There are positives and negatives to both sides of the argument.

But, if they stick to the draft board and an OL is their highest rated player there, I say go for it.

The only thing we can do is have faith that the Dallas Cowboys know more about Tyron Smith’s health and his availability to play then we do as fans. If they decide to draft an offensive lineman early, I think we should all take that as an indication that they are worried about Smith, at least a little bit.

Luxury or Need: Do the Cowboys draft a first-round OL?

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The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition
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The Dallas Cowboys football team has a lot of needs on both sides of the ball. Sure, that’s pretty sad to say as a die-hard Cowboys fan, but it should make for a very interesting offseason. This front office needs to find a way to add talent in the draft, and probably in free agency as well, all while finding ways to keep Anthony Hitchens, DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving, and extending Zack Martin.

Maybe they’re not able to achieve everything, but as long as they don’t lose all of these guys, they should be fine. We may even see a surprising release or trade. It sure would be interesting to see this team release Dez Bryant, for example.

Last year, Dallas lost Barry Church, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr and Ronald Leary… among others. But what do these four guys have in common? They all resulted in compensatory picks for the Dallas Cowboys’ 2018 NFL Draft.

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Including the expected Compensatory Picks that the Cowboys will receive for their Free Agents that signed with other teams in 2017, the Cowboys should have the following picks in the 2018 Draft:

The Cowboys got two additional fourths and two fifths. After trading up to get Xavier Woods in 2017, Dallas had no original fifth rounders for this year’s draft.

This is a front office that avoids making “big splashes” in free agency and in the draft lately, but I wonder if they’ll at least explore trading possibilities this time.

With three fourth-round picks and two fifths, they should have more than enough ammunition.

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Dallas Cowboys VP Stephen Jones, Will McClay

This team has done a nice job in the last few drafts, and with Will McClay staying for at least one more year, they might as well try to get everything they can out of their draft picks. After all, Dak Prescott himself was a fourth-round compensatory pick.

Even still, I would like to see this team do something out of the ordinary.

Whether it’s trading up to get a well-fitting player who might otherwise go before their pick, or if it’s to get another team’s player, it would be interesting to see this front office pull the trigger on an interesting trade.

Sometimes it’s surprising what NFL teams can get with late round picks.

The Buffalo Bills traded away Marcell Dareus for only a sixth-round pick less than a year ago. I mean, how would you have felt if Dallas had gotten Dareus for just a sixth rounder? I would’ve been completely fine with it, to be honest.

The Cowboys have enough ammunition to consider pulling a trade-off in free agency or the NFL Draft.

We may not like the coaching, but in the past few years, this front office has done a good job when it comes to team-building.

We were all frightened when we saw the defensive players that were leaving in the secondary, and a season later, the young defensive backs are one of the reasons why we’re very optimistic about this team’s future.

So if they decide to keep their picks to themselves, I’d say it’ll be worth it, too.

After a sad season, at least we have an intriguing offseason ahead of us to keep us entertained.

Tell me what you think about “The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition” 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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