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How Cowboys Could Regain a 2019 1st-Round Draft Pick

Brian Martin

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The Dallas Cowboys are currently without a 2019 first-round draft pick after acquiring Wide Receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders, but what if I were to tell you there was a way to regain another first-rounder? Well, with a little outside the box thinking I think there could be a way to accomplish just that.

It's completely hypothetical, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly regain a first-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft with little finagling and good luck. Everything would have to fall into place perfectly, but I think it's definitely doable.

Remember, this is completely hypothetical with a lot of "what if's" involved, but the Cowboys could regain what they lost acquiring Amari Cooper and come out of it no worse for wear. I think there are a lot of different scenarios that could accomplish this feat, but only one of them that doesn't hurt the team in my opinion and it centers around Right Tackle La'el Collins.

I know you're probably going to think I'm crazy, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly land a 2019 first-round draft pick if they decided to trade away RT La'el Collins. Trust me, I wouldn't suggest this if I didn't think there was somebody capable of stepping in and playing just as well.

Enter Connor Williams.

Connor Williams

Dallas Cowboys LG Connor Williams

I always believed Connor Williams' best position in the NFL was at right tackle, not on the inside at guard. And yes, I was one of those advocating for Williams to play RT and Collins to move back to LG before the 2018 season started. I thought that gave the Cowboys their best starting five.

Williams has been serviceable at LG this season, but has been overpowered at times. His athletic ability would've been much better served on the outside at tackle, which is where I would play him next season, making La'el Collins expendable.

Again, I know what you're thinking. If you move Williams to RT and trade Collins, there is now a void at LG. Well, that's where Xavier Su'a-Filo comes into play. He is coming off a fantastic performance against the Philadelphia Eagles and a lot of Cowboys Nation is already advocating that he remains the starter over Connor Williams.

If Su'a-Filo can maintain the same level play he did against the Eagles, he probably remains the starter for the rest of the 2018 season. If this is indeed what happens, he could end up being the starter once again next season, making my plan of trading La'el Collins more feasible.

Were you able to follow all of that?

Keep Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard

Move Connor Williams to right tackle

Trade La'el Collins

Like I said, this is all hypothetical, but something that could feasibly happen. Now we just have to wait and see if Xavier Su'a-Filo can continue to play like he did last week, because without him sticking at left guard none of this is possible.

I told you it was some out-of-the-box thinking.

Would you go along with the scenario to regain a 2019 first-round draft pick?



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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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. oneputter

    November 14, 2018 at 9:23 am

    screeeeccchhhh! pumping the brakes for you. 🙂

    although suafilo played well the other night, there is a reason he has been cut from several teams lately and was without a job until we called him. i would like to see him play some more.

    no way we get rid of collins, maybe they decide on the switch during the off season (williams and collins), williams will most definitely need to be in the weight room during the off season

    i think we will just go into the draft with a 2, we got our 1 this year and let’s stay the course.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      November 14, 2018 at 9:37 am

      I told you it was completely hypothetical and outside the box thinking ha ha. I definitely don’t see it happening, but IF Su’a-Filo can maintain this level of play it could be feasible. He was after all a 2nd-round draft pick and maybe just needed the right fit. Can’t get much better than playing next to Tyron Smith.

      Remember, Marc Colombo (the Cowboys new OL coach) was considered a first-round bust before he joined the Cowboys and went on to have a pretty good career in Dallas. It could happen again…

      • oneputter

        November 14, 2018 at 9:55 am

        good thinking but i’m a collins fan, i like the nastiness he brings to the team. kinda like erik williams, my favorite OL of all time.

        you are probably right, this fit might be what he needed and yes 77 makes things so much easier, imagine if and when travis returns…..could be real nice.

        i was a huge fan of Marc’s, another nasty OL, he played well here.

        • Brian Martin

          Brian Martin

          November 14, 2018 at 10:04 am

          I’d definitely be hesitant to trade Collins away, but if Williams could step in and play just as well I’d certainly consider it. And, I agree with you about the nastiness ha ha

  2. Jess Haynie

    Jess Haynie

    November 14, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Love you Brian, but you’re never getting a first-round pick for an offensive lineman.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      November 14, 2018 at 10:22 am

      I think it’s possible, but probably not very probable. It would take a desperate team to give up a first-round pick.

  3. Jeff

    November 14, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    We’d be lucky to get a 3rd for Collins.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      November 14, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      I think a 1st is honestly a bit of a stretch, but a 2nd is reasonable. He’s young, proven, and has the versatility to play OG or OT. He would likely be the top OL in the 2019 draft class. It would likely take a desperate team to pull the trigger on such a trade, but I think it’s possible. However, I don’t think it’s very likely the Cowboys are willing to move on from Collins for all of those reasons.

  4. winstar

    November 14, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    I’m all in on the move between Collins and Williams even if Collins prefers RT. Probably keep Collins because we can’t get what he is worth. Remember depth is a good thing and Filo does not cost much by NFL standards.

  5. Steve

    November 14, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Nice thought Brian, I would definitely say YES to that if it were a team that would give us a top 10 pick! I also agree with @oneputter that Collins does have a nasty side to him and that has come with Strength and I believe that Collins will continue to develop into one hell of a RT if that’s were he stays the rest of his career. BUT I believe right now he is a better LG and that we should switch Williams and if he refuses or has some negative reaction then trade him and again a top 15 would be ideal but a top 50 (2nd) would be more realistic. The switch would allow Conner to use his speed and with more muscle he could end up being a stud! We have a TON of cap space coming into the next 2 years but we also have a TON of in house talent to sign D-Law/B.Jones/Cooper/J.Smith/Zeke and yes Dak, the kewl thing is IMO S.Lee will retire either after this yr or next definitely. Which frees up some more money! Also we should sign E. Thomas as well which will solidify our D and make us a TOP 2/3 Def in the NFL! We can draft more Dline. Against the Eagles a comment and a screen shot was made showing our homegrown talent and I was proud of that and shows/proves that Will M. and guys know their crap and has been on top of their game! Thanks as always Brian, your great!

  6. John Lindauer

    November 15, 2018 at 1:17 am

    La’el hasn’t been playing very well. You’d be lucky to get a 3rd rounder for him. Your best bet is to play Su’a-Filo at Guard – and let La’el and Connor battle it out for starting RT and Swing Tackle positions… That’d give you your best line and not undo all the work you’ve done with La’el.

  7. w2lucky

    November 15, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Sorry my man, but there is not even the slightest chance in this universe where someone would give a 1st rounder for Collins. Back to the drawing board on this one.

  8. Ethan Chazin

    November 16, 2018 at 5:51 am

    What will really help Dak is a totally injured Falcons secondary plus they lack a serious pass rush and they are giving up 28 points. If the O line can play decently (no Chaz Green) thenZeke should be able to do his thing and scooper will continue to help all the receivers improve our pass game. I am concerned about our defensive secondary holding up against falcons best unit their passing game with Matt Ryan

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2018 In Review: Byron Jones Emerges As CB1

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Heading into the 2018 season Byron Jones was being asked to prove himself. The former first round pick had fallen out of the coaches' good graces during his third season, though many of his struggles could be attributed to those very coaches which were then questioning his ability.

Being asked to play out of position, or at least in a spot which did not maximize his natural ability, Jones struggled in 2017. Too often he was playing in the box as a safety where his lack of physicality was exposed by the opponent's run game. This was mostly due to the coaching staff falling in love with his tight-end-erasing ability in man coverage, but backfired when overused as a safety.

Once hired the following offseason, Kris Richard and company decided to move Byron Jones to cornerback full time, allowing him to utilize his excellent coverage skills and athletic ability to the fullest, rather than putting him at a disadvantage in the box.

The results? Well, Jones had one of the best seasons of any cornerback in football, earning All Pro and Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his young career.

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Byron Jones had a dominant season for Dallas

Pro Football Focus graded Jones as the sixth best cornerback in all of football last season, allowing just 0.79 yards per coverage snap. Despite not having an interception on the season, Jones still earned national recognition as one of the best cornerbacks in the entire league.

Down the stretch of the season, Chidobe Awuzie started to play up to the level which fans had hoped for during the preseason. He had been sticky in coverage most of the year, but now he was making plays on the ball at a much better rate, forcing incompletions. This led to an increase in targets to Jones' side, and though the increase resulted in more catches given up by the number one cornerback, I don't think Jones' play faltered as much as some will have you believe.

The fact is, when you get targeted more you are bound to give up more catches and yards. The key is to force them into contested catches, and make things as difficult for the receiver as possible when targeted.

Byron Jones continued to do this all season long, and fans should be excited for the next step of his growth in 2019.



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Cowboys en Español: Comentando el Tope Salarial

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Time to Stop Making Excuses for QB Dak Prescott?

Por muchos años, el tema del tope salarial ha sido un tema sensible para los Dallas Cowboys. Entre dinero muerto y otros problemas, el equipo ha tenido una situación delicada en este aspecto. Sin embargo, para la temporada del 2019 tienen más espacio de lo que estamos acostumbrados.

Según Over The Cap, los Cowboys tendrán aproximadamente 48 millones de dólares disponibles en 2019. Es importante recalcar que este número no es definitivo y puede cambiar. Año tras año, esta administración ha sido aficionada de reestructurar los contratos de ciertos veteranos para liberar espacio salarial constantemente. Además de esto, hay varios jugadores bajo contrato que el equipo podría decidir cortar para liberar aún más dinero.

Al ver sólo 48 millones disponibles, es complicado imaginar un escenario en que el equipo logre satisfacer todos sus objetivos. Hay bastantes candidatos a grandes extensiones en el equipo, principalmente dos jugadores. En una liga en la que quarterback es la posición más importante, la segunda más importante podría ser la del caza cabezas, cuyo objetivo es ir tras el quarterback contrario.

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Pues en Dallas, hoy dos  jugadores en estas posiciones que hay que extender. El más urgente sin duda es el defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. Lawrence se puso el jersey del equipo cuando este lo designó a jugar bajo la etiqueta franquicia. Afortunadamente, el atleta de 26 años la hizo de soldado y jugó sin amenazar con faltar a entrenamientos ni pretemporada.

Lo que sí comentó es que no pasaría por lo mismo en 2019. Ahora, el momento está aquí y es tiempo de que los Cowboys lo extiendan. El valor de Lawrence es difícil de predecir, pero es bastante seguro que se acercará a los números de Khalil Mack. Mack hizo historia ganando un contrato que en promedio gana 23.5 millones al año. Si bien no anticiparía que lo supere, la cifra estará cerca al contrato del defensivo de los Chicago Bears.

Además está Dak Prescott, cuyo contrato probablemente estará por encima de los 25 millones anuales. Son contratos caros, pero son piezas fundamentales para el equipo. Definitivamente se les tiene que pagar a ambos. Son pilares que año tras año buscan equipos en toda la NFL.

Además de esto, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, Cole Beasley y más podrían tener un impacto en el tope salarial. Algunos buscan un contrato nuevo, otros una extensión. Pero honestamente, me parece que habrá más espacio en el tope salarial de lo que pensamos. Sólo es cuestión de tiempo para que los Cowboys comiencen a reestructurar a sus veteranos para ahorrarse unos cuantos millones para utilizar en agencia libre.

Tyron Smith, Tyrone Crawford entre otros pueden ser buenas opciones para comenzar este proceso. Antes era Jason Witten uno de los candidatos favoritos para este proceso, pero él ya se encuentra comentando partidos para ESPN. En Inside The Star, continuaremos actualizándote con contenido al día de los Dallas Cowboys.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Comentando el Tope Salarial" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason?

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Super Bowl LIII is in the books, and the Dallas Cowboys can look back on a better-than-expected 2018 campaign. Having won the NFC East with a 10-6 record and bowing out to eventual finalists Los Angeles Rams, the Cowboys' young team can look ahead to 2019 as a chance to take another step forward.

The offseason is now upon us, with the NFL free agency period opening in the middle of March and the NFL Draft coming around at the end of April. Until those times, experts, pundits, and fans are left to assess their teams and predict their activities in the running to the start of next season.

The Dallas Cowboys are in a precarious position, with the team exceeding expectations, still being very young and having plenty of cap space, but also having many top-end players set to become free agents and being without a first-round pick in this year’s draft. There does, however, appear to be a way for the team to make improvements and solidify their place atop the NFC East and potentially go on to win in the Conference Finals.

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Many see DeMarcus Lawrence as the top potential free agent this spring, so the Dallas Cowboys need to do everything in their power to lock down the 26-year-old defensive end.

Vice President Stephen Jones has emphasized the team’s target of retaining their own stars, per Star-Telegram, with Lawrence, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and perhaps Byron Jones being in the discussion for long-term deals.

As it stands, the team will have roughly $48.5 million in cap space for next season, which leaves plenty of space to re-sign their top players. They look set to let go of Tavon Austin, David Irving, and quite possibly Cole Beasley, among others, leaving a need to add reinforcements.

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One of the most heavily rumored moves for Dallas in this free agency is picking up native Texan and former Legion of Boom linchpin Earl Thomas, per Forbes.

Against the Rams in the playoffs and throughout the season, the Cowboys lacked a defenseman who could make plays on the pass. Thomas is one of the notorious ball hawks in the league, boasting 28 career interceptions, three of which came in just four games of last season.

If the Cowboys can re-sign their stars while keeping some space for an Earl Thomas-sized contract, which clocked in at $10.4 million in 2018 for the Seattle Seahawks, their odds of going all the way next season will significantly increase.

Right now, the expected names of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs lead the odds to win the next Super Bowl at +750. Behind them, the Rams sit at +900 having suffered a suffocating defeat in this year’s Super Bowl. Much further down are the Cowboys at +2500 right now with redbet. If they re-sign Lawrence, pay their young stars, and bring in Thomas, they’ll shoot up the table of favorites.

Then, there’s also the additions in the draft to consider.

The Cowboys may be without a first-round selection, but that may end up working in their favor. Round one of the 2019 NFL Draft is set to be laden with defensive selections according to most mock drafts, with a few quarterbacks sprinkled around and a minimal selection of offensive weapons. If the Cowboys re-sign Lawrence, they’ll be looking good at defensive end, so should then turn to giving Prescott another weapon in the passing game, which will also help to keep defenses honest and give Elliott more room to operate.

As stated, the NFL is a passing league, and Prescott exploded once he was given a viable option in Amari Cooper. Michael Gallup is expected to take another step forward next season, but just in case, the Cowboys can add another strong receiving option in the draft thanks to the strength of the defensive class. A.J. Brown of Ole Miss will almost certainly go in the first round, but exciting talents in D.K. Metcalf, Parris Campbell, Marquise Brown, and Deebo Samuel could all still be available when Dallas rings in during the second round.

Improving Dallas' pass options and pass defense will go a long way toward improving the team and allowing them to push on to a bigger and better campaign in 2019.



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