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Cowboys Draft: What Would It Cost to Get Into the First Round?

You can argue that the are a football team that's really close. They have young rising stars on the roster, they have a talented and a that proved to be capable of winning games last year. With a good they managed to fill plenty of needs, get a starting right end to complement , and pay D-Law himself.

With the only a few days away, the Cowboys can make this an even better one by getting a quality rookie class. There's an extra challenge this time, though. Dallas heads into the Draft without a pick. Instead of owning the 27th pick, they have .

The was worth it, as the Cowboys literally turned into a winning team after getting Cooper midseason. However, there's no denying that the team is in a tough spot in the NFL Draft. Not only do the Cowboys lack a first round pick, they actually don't have a selection in the top 50.

Naturally, there's a question looming around . Being a team that aims to be a contender in 2019, the Cowboys could very well use a first round player right now. Can they trade into the first round? 

It's a tough question. It seems like trade value for picks and player varies every single year. Currently, the Cowboys hold four selections in the top four rounds: 58th (2nd round), 91st (3rd round), 129th (4th round), and 137th (4th round).

If late in the first round the Cowboys want to trade up to make a pick on Day 1, maybe they could pull it off but it wouldn't be cheap. The way I see it, there's two ways they could make it happen. Let's take a look at how last year, the were able to jump to the end of the first round and walk away with . They did so without a top 50 pick.

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In 2018, the traded the 32nd and 132nd picks in exchange of the Ravens' 52nd, 125th and their 2019 second rounder. The Ravens had a slightly better pick than the Cowboys have now (six spots better to be precise) and had to pay an additional second rounder.

If there's a guy the feels can make a big time difference on the Cowboys in 2019, they should consider pulling the trigger. A trade with a similar structure than the Ravens-Eagles one is totally possible for Dallas. It's worth noting that while we're talking about the first round, if something like this happens it would be pretty late in it.

Another route they could go is giving away next year's first round pick. That may feel like a more aggressive approach and one they should only try if they really like a specific player. Besides a first rounder, the Cowboys would have to add another pick, probably even a second rounder.

When push comes to shove, I doubt the Cowboys end up trading up. While the starters look pretty good right now, depth still feels like a concern at different positions. The Cowboys need to make their draft picks count.

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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