Rumors began to circulate yesterday Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones is infatuated with former Florida TE Kyle Pitts. The infatuation is certainly understandable considering the caliber of player Pitts is expected to be, but for Mr. Jones to express his potential interest publicly caused Cowboys Nation to erupt.
As you can imagine, Dallas Cowboys fans flooded social media speculating as to what Jerry Jones should and might do. Logically everybody understands Kyle Pitts will be long gone by the time the Cowboys are on the clock with the 10th overall pick in the first-round, so that led to the speculation Dallas could be looking to trade up.
Whether it's just speculation or not, you can't ever rule out anything when it comes to Jerry Jones. If he truly wants to put a star on Kyle Pitts helmet in 2021 and beyond he's going to have to move up from #10 to make it happen. So, how far would the Cowboys have to move up and what would it take to facilitate such a trade?
The team that makes the most sense to trade up with would be the Atlanta Falcons. They currently hold the fourth overall pick and are the first team most likely not to draft a quarterback early. If you're doing the math that's a six spot jump from 10 to 4, which on paper doesn't seem like that much. However, when it comes to pick value it is.
According to Drafttek's 2021 Trade Value Chart, Atlanta's Pick #4 is worth 1800 points and Dallas' Pick #10 is valued at 1300 points. That means the Cowboys would need to make up the 500 point difference with extra draft capital or throw in a player for more compensation. For arguments sake we will stick with the extra draft capital for today.
As things stand right now the Dallas Cowboys hold picks 10, 44, 75, 99, 115, 138, 179, 192, 227, and 238. The value of each pick obviously varies, but for the Cowboys to come up with a combined 1800 points to match Atlanta's #4 pick they'd have to give up 10 (1300), 44 (460), and 138 (37) at the very least and even that is slightly less than equal value.
Considering the Dallas Cowboys more than likely won't be the only team trying to trade up the Falcons can sit back and wait for the best offer. That could create a bidding war, one in which that could get pretty expensive. Dallas would more than likely have to up their offer that included three of their four Top 100 picks such as 10+44+99 (1864) and even that might not be enough.
Is Kyle Pitts really worth that kind of draft capital? Would Jerry Jones actually get in a bidding war to acquire his services?
There's obviously no way of answering these questions right now with any kind of certainty. Jerry Jones is the kind of owner who would make such a move to land a player he truly covets. However, the draft capital it would take to facilitate such a trade might be a tough pill to swallow for most fans. Sadly, only time will tell how this plays out.