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If Pats Offer CB Stephon Gilmore in Draft Trade, Should Cowboys be Interested?

The are reportedly open to making part of a to move up in the . Sitting five spots above the Patriots with the 10th pick, should the CB-needy be open to a discussion about trading down and adding Gilmore?

Gilmore was a 1st-round pick in 2012 by the . Ironically, he went four spots after the Cowboys traded up to draft . While Claiborne is essentially out of the NFL at this point and never accomplished much, Gilmore is a four-time Pro Bowler, has two First Team All-Pro selections, and was named 2019 .

Adding one of the top cornerbacks in football is certainly a worthy goal for any team, and especially the 2021 Cowboys. After failing to re-sign last year and losing in March, Dallas is down to , , , and some shaky options right now on the CB .

Obviously none of these guys have Gilmore's accolades. As high as we are on Diggs' potential, it may still be a year or two before he realizes it fully. Brown and Lewis are nothing more than journeymen at this point; at best we want them as the third CB on the roster.

So yes, adding Gilmore would be lovely on paper. But the fine print tell us that he turns 31 in September, missed five games last year with a partial quad tear, and has $7 million in base salary that Dallas would have to account for on their cap. He also only has one year left on that contract, meaning he could hit unrestricted in 2022.

Those are the mitigating factors. None of them are deal breakers; the Cowboys could massage some other contracts to create the cap space needed. But they are reasons why Dallas may not leap at the chance to add Gilmore, or at least not be willing to give the Patriots much value in return.

According to the standard chart for draft pick value, the difference between Dallas' 10th pick and New England's 15th pick on Thursday night is 250 points. That is the equivalent of an early 3rd-round pick.

That might be enough for the Patriots. Their desire to move up in the draft is likely linked to needing a , and if someone they want falls to 10th then discarding Gilmore to make that happen might suffice. I doubt they would ask for anything back in exchange.

The bigger question is if that's enough for the Cowboys. Is a potential one-year rental of Gilmore, especially with his age and 2020 , worth moving down and missing out on a Top-10 draft prospect?

Staying at 10th probably means you draft or II and hopefully have your own Stephon Gilmore for the next decade. But as we saw with Claiborne, those picks don't always go your way. And even if they eventually do reach that level, you may have to wait a few years for the maturation process.

If they move to 15th, Dallas could take a chance on Gilmore and still add a significant talent at any number of positions. Any one of OT Christian Darrisaw, CB , or a number of and prospects should be there.

Given the risk they'd be taking on, plus the hit, Dallas may want more than just Gilmore. The Patriots 96th-overall pick in the 3rd round, or some of their multiple 4th-round picks, could be demanded in the package.

For all we know, 10th may not be high enough for what New England is trying to do. They may be looking to package Gilmore and even greater draft capital to get past Dallas' pick.

But if it helps the Patriots land their QB of choice, trading picks with the Cowboys could wind up making sense for both groups. A healthy Stephon Gilmore could be a huge boost to Dallas in 2021, but there would be a lot of factors to consider for the Cowboys to ultimately take that gamble.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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