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Cowboys Draft: Will 2020 Be A 2013 Rerun?

It's April 2013. The Dallas Cowboys' 18th overall selection is coming up. On the clock are presumed studs like , Oregon Kyle Long, and Notre Dame .

Instead, the Cowboys decide to back to the end of the first round, allowing the 49ers to come up to grade Reid while gaining a pick that would become . Later on in the night the Cowboys finally pick, taking lesser known Wisconsin center Travis Frederick.

The fanbase was confused, but years later no one would argue that Dallas made a mistake on draft night.Cowboys C Travis Frederick Sees First Game Action Since 2018 Preseason 2

Now it's April 2020 and the Cowboys are in a similar spot.

With multiple positions of need on their roster, and a middle of the first round pick to utilize, trading back feels like the best option. The Cowboys could potentially find a hungry team, like the , who may be willing to come up for a project like Jordan Love if available.

That's a whole lot of “ifs,” but the possibilities could very well be there 17th overall.

In a world where and the top wide receivers are gone by the time Dallas is on the clock, trading back makes a ton of sense. Move back, acquire more draft capital, and go snag your guy later on in the first.

Grabbing an extra pick or two could also allow the Cowboys to find their 2013 first round pick's replacement. Frederick has now retired, opening up a hole at center which Michigan's Cesar Ruiz has been rumored to fill over the last few weeks.

Ruiz would work excellently in the Cowboys blocking schemes, as a fluid and powerful center that can both get to the second level and work in space as well as reach 1-techniques upfront.

Of course, doesn't want to hear about a center right now. With and on the roster, the assumption is that the current Cowboys can figure it out on the offensive line. And, honestly, they probably can.

Still, trading back and allowing themselves to dip into both the back-half of a strong class as well as add defensive talent at the end of round one might be the best course of action for the Dallas Cowboys.

What do you think?

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Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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  1. I’d be happy if this scenario played out and we get Fredbeards replacement and extra picks for the Defense. Question is how far to trade back. Jacksonville wouldn’t yield much. NE would be ok. Later in 1st would get us a possible 2nd!

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