Connect with us

NFL Draft

Jerry Jones Sees Trade Potential with Cowboys’ 28th Overall Pick

Sean Martin

Published

on

Jerry Jones Sees Trade Potential with Cowboys' 28th Overall Pick 3

The Dallas Cowboys have only picked in the first round of the NFL Draft with the 28th overall selection once, back in 1978 selecting Michigan State DT Larry Bethea. As we rapidly approach the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cowboys are slated to pick at 28 again thanks to their 13-3 campaign in 2016, but will they stay home late in the first or look to move out of the pick?

A drastic change from the fourth overall pick that kept Cowboys Nation talking about – at best – the same six or seven names in the first round, plenty of enticing options have been discussed at the back-end of the first round this year. With that said, it sounds like Jerry Jones is more than prepared to use this 28th overall pick – one that could see plenty of defensive talent remaining on the board at positions of need for his team like CB or DE – in a trade situation to slide up or down the draft order.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Jerry Jones on 28th overall pick: “This sets up for a little potential trade action to try to gain some value or try to hit an opportunity.

With the strength of this draft being the overall depth on the defensive side of the ball though, trading down from pick #28 might make a lot of sense for the Cowboys. The last time they did so, they entered the 2013 Draft with the 18th overall pick. Trading it to the San Francisco 49ers, the Cowboys positioned themselves with the 31st pick to draft Wisconsin center Travis Frederick.

Jerry Jones Sees Trade Potential with Cowboys' 28th Overall Pick

Dallas Cowboys C Travis Frederick meets Head Coach Jason Garrett after being drafted by Dallas in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Thought of as a reach at the time by draft analysts everywhere, Frederick has become a 3-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler – anchoring the stellar offensive line that Dallas has built in the draft. In making this trade down, the Cowboys acquired an extra third round pick, used on WR Terrance Williams at 74th overall. Six picks later, they landed safety J.J. Wilcox.

Say what you want about Terrance WIlliams, but his recent four-year extension with the team proves how valuable he is for the Cowboys’ offensive continuity. Having also gotten production out of Wilcox prior to him leaving this offseason for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, its safe to say that recent history with the Cowboys trading down for extra value in the draft has worked out well.

Pair this with Dallas’ 2016 haul of four starters, a potential heist in Jaylon Smith, and hopeful prospects like Kavon Frazier, Charles Tapper, and Rico Gathers, and the excitement builds further for April 27th’s start to the 2017 NFL Draft.

Jerry Jones Sees Trade Potential with Cowboys' 28th Overall Pick 1

Adding to this excitement is the fact that the Cowboys and Jerry Jones could also target a player at the top of this talent pool, giving up their second or third round value to make a move from 28 towards the top of the first round. Whether or not the Cowboys are one player away on either side of the ball from contending is an interesting debate, with their need for depth primarily in the secondary a large one.

Perhaps dead set on finding his “war daddy” pass rusher though, Jones and the Cowboys may play themselves into position to add a difference making player to their defense in this draft.

Recent history with a move like this hasn’t been all that favorable for the Cowboys however, as their last trade up saw them go from the 14th overall pick to the 6th in 2012. Using this top-ten pick on CB Morris Claiborne, who started just 43 games over his five seasons in Dallas, didn’t work out as expected.

Jerry Jones Sees Trade Potential with Cowboys' 28th Overall Pick 2

While Morris Claiborne has moved on from the Cowboys for the Jets, Michael Brockers remains a valuable starter for the Rams’ defense.

The Rams landed Michael Brockers with the Cowboys’ original first-round pick, trading the extra second-round pick acquired to the Bears to slide five spots down in the same round and take now-Giants CB Janoris Jenkins with one of three 2nd round picks.


According to this trade value chart,  the Cowboys’ 28th overall pick is worth 660 points. Their 60th overall selection is worth 300 while the third-round pick at #92 overall is worth 124.

For some perspective, all of these picks combined are worth 1,084 points, which could roughly get the Cowboys into the top 15 of the draft order. With the 15th overall pick being worth 1,050 points, it is often this trade value chart shocks fans with how tough it can be to get these deals done at some stiff prices.

If its a hard sell that the player the Cowboys can land at 15 is that much better than the one’s that might be available at 28, you should focus on the value of the Cowboys’ current picks and see what other teams would have to pay to come up and slide Dallas down for extra value.

In total, the Cowboys’ five picks through the first six rounds are worth 1,130.5 value points – with 7th round selections not factoring into this chart.

Every draft is a new opportunity for 32 NFL teams though, and the Cowboys will enter this year’s as the talk of the league after dominating this event in 2016 and seeing immediate results. Another draft haul like this one could see the Cowboys cement themselves as a league power, or even just by landing the right star prospect to wear the star in a trade situation.

No matter the case, the Cowboys’ 28th overall pick could end up just about anywhere. Let’s hope its Super Bowl LII.

Tell us what you think about “Jerry Jones Sees Trade Potential with Cowboys’ 28th Overall Pick” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

ADVERTISEMENT

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we're not how you think we are. Host of "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. You may @ me: @SeanMartinNFL.

Advertisement
1 Comment
  • Corey

    Well Jerry is already talking about trading out of the 28th. pick in the 1st. rd. That would be great if he tries to move up to grab someone closer to the top of the rd. It would be great if he could trade up close enough to grab Jabrill Peppers, but I expect that Peppers will be gone by the 4th. or 5th. pick if not sooner

NFL Draft

Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys

Sean Martin

Published

on

Sean's Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller A Needed Weapon For Cowboys
AP Photo / Jessica Hill

Slotted to pick 19th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in position to add a first-round talent to a team that fell just short of the playoffs at 9-7 in 2017. Faltering entirely on offense without RB Ezekiel Elliott too many times this season, it’s hard to argue this asset is not best spent on new talent at WR.

The Cowboys haven’t drafted a wide receiver in the first round since 2010, trading up for Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant. Frequent injuries and the inability to develop with QB Dak Prescott have diminished Bryant’s status as a star receiver in Dallas, and it may be time to overhaul the position entirely.

After scouting Memphis WR Anthony Miller, he may be just what the Dallas Cowboys need. Let’s take a closer look at his fit in the Cowboys’ offense in the first draft-season edition of Sean’s Scout.

WR Anthony Miller 2 – Streamable

Check out this video on Streamable using your phone, tablet or desktop.

With 96 receptions for 1,462 yards and 18 touchdowns in his final season at Memphis, Senior WR Anthony Miller is one of the top players at his position in the 2018 NFL Draft. These inflated numbers in the Tigers’ pass-happy offense do little to highlight Miller as a next level prospect…

This film clip and quote from my full scouting report on Miller shows the pure play-making ability Miller has. Miller wouldn’t fill the Cowboys need for an over-the-top burner at WR, but he has no problem tracking the ball with ease and adjusting in the air to make big plays down the field.

…Miller is as tough of a cover as you’ll find thanks to his explosive and concise release off the line.

Anthony Miller is certainly a “Dak-friendly” pass catcher, as he possesses the catch radius to snag passes away from his frame using his exceptionally strong hands. Even when he is covered, Miller is open vertically.

With that said, Miller has more than enough ability to separate with good initial quickness and elite balance through his routes.

WR Anthony Miller 4 – Streamable

Check out this video on Streamable using your phone, tablet or desktop.

…he wastes no time accelerating through the secondary, and running with a powerful stride that makes it difficult to bring him down.

There may be better technical route runners in this draft class, but few set up defenders as consistently well as Miller — who has the production to match these NFL traits.

A willing run blocker too, Miller could walk into Dallas and immediately earn snaps as an X, Z, or Y receiver. Miller’s best fit to start his career is likely as a Z receiver, drawing less attention in coverage while being allowed to run a full route tree.

…Miller gets on cornerbacks in a hurry, setting them up with his fluidity and size to track the football through contact.

A potential replacement for Terrance Williams with the Cowboys, Miller is somewhat of a similar player in the way he wins with mostly size.

The Memphis product would still be an upgrade over Williams though, as it is much easier to get the ball in Miller’s hands. Add in the red-zone ability that Anthony Miller has to box out defenders, and the run-after-catch burst as an inside target, and Miller is a weapon the Cowboys could desperately use.

WR Anthony Miller 1 – Streamable

Check out this video on Streamable using your phone, tablet or desktop.

…I found myself constantly impressed with the speed at which Miller gets up the field when taking the ball underneath.

Miller will have nothing but opportunities to raise his draft stock over the coming months. He will be at this month’s Senior Bowl, receiving NFL-level coaching to refine his game. The Scouting Combine will also be critical for Miller’s testing numbers to confirm the athlete seen on tape dominating at Memphis will take the next step.

Earning a second round grade on my 2018 NFL Draft Board, there is a chance the Cowboys have to use their first round pick if they truly want Anthony Miller in Silver and Blue. A very complete player that fills a need, Miller as the Cowboys first pick could make plenty of sense in April.

Tell us what you think about “Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

ADVERTISEMENT

Continue Reading

NFL Draft

Luxury or Need for Cowboys to Draft Another 1st-Round OL?

Brian Martin

Published

on

Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, offensive line

Due to growing concerns about Tyron Smith‘s availability and future health, due to reoccurring back injuries, there seems to be a growing consensus among Dallas Cowboys fans that there’s a need to draft an offensive lineman with the first-round pick. But, is it actually a need, or would it be more of a luxury?

There is legitimate concern about Tyron Smith and his future health.

Back injuries have a way of flaring up at the most inopportune times. It’s also not an injury that’s going away anytime soon, if ever. This is the unknown the Cowboys are faced with heading into the off-season, and it could end up having a major impact on the direction they go in the 2018 NFL Draft.

There seems to be a growing consensus around Cowboys Nation that the Dallas Cowboys should seriously consider selecting the best available offensive tackle with the 19th overall pick.

There are probably two reasons for this:

  1. Tyron Smith’s health concerns, and
  2. the need to upgrade the swing tackle position after watching Byron Bell and Chaz Green play in 2017.

But, the question remains: is drafting yet another offensive lineman in the first-round a luxury or need for the Dallas Cowboys?

Personally, I can see both sides of this argument. So, let’s break it down a little and examine each.

Luxury

Zack Martin

Dallas Cowboys RG Zack Martin

The Dallas Cowboys have already invested an enormous amount of resources to build arguably the best offensive line in the NFL.

They’ve spent three first-round draft picks to acquire Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin, two of which have already received long-term extensions with Martin waiting in the wings.

That’s a lot of money devoted to one position, which ultimately means the Cowboys have to go cheaper in other areas in order to fit under the salary cap. This is the money that would be used in free agency to acquire some of those higher-priced free agents fans are always hankering for.

It also can be used to re-sign some of the Cowboys players at other positions, such as DeMarcus Lawrence.

But, it’s not only the money that makes drafting a first-round OL a luxury.

Four out of five of the Cowboys OL are already pretty much set in stone. The left guard position is really the only unoccupied position right now, but that could be filled rather easily. This, of course, is assuming Tyron Smith stays healthy, but regardless, he is the starting left tackle when the 2018 season begins.

Need

Byron Bell

Dallas Cowboys OL Byron Bell

There’s no reason to believe Tyron Smith will be able to play an entire 16-game season going forward. The last two seasons he has had to sit out several games due to injuries, and unfortunately his back issues aren’t going away anytime soon.

To make matters worse, Dallas doesn’t have an adequate backup, which was proven on more than one occasion in 2017. Hence the need.

With the exception of the quarterback, the left tackle position is arguably the most important on offense. They protect the QB’s blindside and are largely responsible for keeping him healthy and upright.

There’s a reason they are drafted so highly and paid so handsomely: they are that important to a team’s success.

There was also a reason the Dallas Cowboys offense started to sputter once Tyron Smith started missing time. Opposing defenses no longer respected the Cowboys LT, and started putting their best pass rusher on that side to get after Dak Prescott.

Prescott ended up having happy feet and it had a ripple effect throughout the entire offense, and not in a good way.

✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭

Quite honestly, I think it would be a luxury to draft any kind of offensive lineman with the Cowboys’ first-round selection, but I wouldn’t be completely surprised if that’s the direction they went. There are positives and negatives to both sides of the argument.

But, if they stick to the draft board and an OL is their highest rated player there, I say go for it.

The only thing we can do is have faith that the Dallas Cowboys know more about Tyron Smith’s health and his availability to play then we do as fans. If they decide to draft an offensive lineman early, I think we should all take that as an indication that they are worried about Smith, at least a little bit.

Luxury or Need: Do the Cowboys draft a first-round OL?

ADVERTISEMENT

Continue Reading

NFL Draft

The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition

Mauricio Rodriguez

Published

on

The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition
James D. Smith / Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys football team has a lot of needs on both sides of the ball. Sure, that’s pretty sad to say as a die-hard Cowboys fan, but it should make for a very interesting offseason. This front office needs to find a way to add talent in the draft, and probably in free agency as well, all while finding ways to keep Anthony Hitchens, DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving, and extending Zack Martin.

Maybe they’re not able to achieve everything, but as long as they don’t lose all of these guys, they should be fine. We may even see a surprising release or trade. It sure would be interesting to see this team release Dez Bryant, for example.

Last year, Dallas lost Barry Church, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr and Ronald Leary… among others. But what do these four guys have in common? They all resulted in compensatory picks for the Dallas Cowboys’ 2018 NFL Draft.

Cowboys Nation on Twitter

Including the expected Compensatory Picks that the Cowboys will receive for their Free Agents that signed with other teams in 2017, the Cowboys should have the following picks in the 2018 Draft:

The Cowboys got two additional fourths and two fifths. After trading up to get Xavier Woods in 2017, Dallas had no original fifth rounders for this year’s draft.

This is a front office that avoids making “big splashes” in free agency and in the draft lately, but I wonder if they’ll at least explore trading possibilities this time.

With three fourth-round picks and two fifths, they should have more than enough ammunition.

Will McClay Discusses 2016 Cowboys Draft Class, Looks Ahead to 2017

Dallas Cowboys VP Stephen Jones, Will McClay

This team has done a nice job in the last few drafts, and with Will McClay staying for at least one more year, they might as well try to get everything they can out of their draft picks. After all, Dak Prescott himself was a fourth-round compensatory pick.

Even still, I would like to see this team do something out of the ordinary.

Whether it’s trading up to get a well-fitting player who might otherwise go before their pick, or if it’s to get another team’s player, it would be interesting to see this front office pull the trigger on an interesting trade.

Sometimes it’s surprising what NFL teams can get with late round picks.

The Buffalo Bills traded away Marcell Dareus for only a sixth-round pick less than a year ago. I mean, how would you have felt if Dallas had gotten Dareus for just a sixth rounder? I would’ve been completely fine with it, to be honest.

The Cowboys have enough ammunition to consider pulling a trade-off in free agency or the NFL Draft.

We may not like the coaching, but in the past few years, this front office has done a good job when it comes to team-building.

We were all frightened when we saw the defensive players that were leaving in the secondary, and a season later, the young defensive backs are one of the reasons why we’re very optimistic about this team’s future.

So if they decide to keep their picks to themselves, I’d say it’ll be worth it, too.

After a sad season, at least we have an intriguing offseason ahead of us to keep us entertained.

Tell me what you think about “The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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!

ADVERTISEMENT

Continue Reading

Reader Survey

Want to help make Inside The Star better?

We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. It only takes <2 minutes to complete, and can be done from any device.

> Take the survey now

Don’t worry, your information will not be shared with anyone but me (Bryson T.).

Advertisement
Advertisement
Enjoy 40% commissions on officially licensed products as a FanPrint affiliate. You can even make your own, fully licensed Cowboys and player designs! Get started here

Trending