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New England Patriots Perfect Trade Down Partner for Cowboys?

Brian Martin

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New England Patriots Perfect Trade Down Partner for Cowboys?

There have been endless discussions about who the Dallas Cowboys should select 19th overall in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but who's to say they keep that draft pick? They do have other options after all.

The Dallas Cowboys can do one of three things April 26 when the first round of the draft finally gets underway: 1) stand pat and draft a player with the 19th selection, 2) trade up for a player they truly covet, and 3) trade down and acquire more draft picks. Today, I want to focus on the third scenario and what could happen if they decided to trade down.

I'm actually a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys trying to find a trade partner and trade down from the 19th pick. I like the idea of drafting as many players in the top 100 as possible, and trading down would allow the Cowboys to do just that. But, the tricky part is finding a team willing to work with them.

Enter the New England Patriots

The New England Patriots seem to be master manipulators when it comes to knowing how to work the NFL Draft. They know how to make trades, whether it is moving up or down in draft, and it usually ends up with them coming out on top.

Here recently, the Patriots have typically traded down to acquire more draft picks, but this year could be different. They have five total draft picks in the top 100 and four of those are in the first two rounds.

There is of course no way to know if they are wanting to trade up, but one thing is for sure, the Dallas Cowboys would surely listen. In fact, they could be perfect trade partners.

There are actually two different trade scenarios the New England Patriots could work out with the Dallas Cowboys to move up to 19th overall.

Scenario 1:
The Patriots would send their first 1st-round draft pick (23rd overall) and their third round draft pick (95th overall) in exchange for the Cowboys pick at 19. According to the NFL Draft Trade Value Chart, the 19th pick is worth 875 points. The Patriots pick at 23 is worth 760 points and the 95th selection is worth 120 points, totaling 880 points. The trade value is nearly equal, only favoring the Cowboys by five measly points.

Scenario 2:
The Patriots would send their second 1st-round draft pick (31st overall) and their second 2nd-rounder (63rd overall) in exchange for the Cowboys pick at 19. Again, don't forget that the Cowboys pick at 19 is worth 875 points. The Patriots pick at 31 is worth 600 points and their pick 63 is worth 276 points, totaling 876 points. That ends up only favoring the Dallas Cowboys by one point.

As you can see, based on the trade value alone, it makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots to work together if each team wants to move the opposite direction in the draft. Of course, this is all hypothetical, but at the same time entirely possible.

You see, the Patriots need a new starting left tackle after the departure of Nate Solder. Unfortunately for them, this is a pretty weak LT draft class, which means they may need to move up in the first round in order to find someone capable of starting as a rookie.

They could also be looking to find Tom Brady's eventual replacement. If Lamar Jackson is somehow still sitting there at 19, he could be a player they are interested in moving up for. Josh McDaniels is apparently the next head coach for the Patriots and he's already shown he's willing to move up for an athletic QB (Tim Tebow) when he was with the Denver Broncos.

It doesn't really matter who the New England Patriots want to move up for when it is all said and done though. If the Dallas Cowboys are indeed looking to trade down, the Patriots might be the perfect trade partner. And personally, I'd accept either of the two trade scenarios.

Do you think the Cowboys should trade down with the Patriots? Which trade scenario do you prefer?



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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42 Comments
  • William Pep Hatcher

    No Sir, we’ll take DE Harold Landry and call it a day. We need an Eagle to beat the Eagles.

    • Brian Martin

      I like the idea of taking Harold Landry, but I just don’t see it after they just signed Kony Ealy. It still possible I guess, but it’s a crowded position right now and there’s still the possibility Randy Gregory could return as well.

  • Nick Russo

    Really great insight here Brian. If I had to choose, I would likely pick scenario 1. I’d rather drop back 4 spots in the first round than down to 31. With 10 picks coming into this draft we may have the capital on our own to move around a little. I wonder if it isn’t possible that we try to do some maneuvering with the compensatory picks to add another pick or two in the top 100. I could be wrong, but I don’t think that if we stay put and grab 10 players that they will all be kept. That also being said, we have had some luck with guys in the later rounds and shouldn’t completely throw away those later picks. If we could “lean out” with our picks and maybe get 6/7 players with 4 in the top 100 I can see that being a success.

    • Brian Martin

      If the Cowboys do trade down, I think it’s entirely possible that they use some of that extra draft capital to trade back up. Trading 50 and 81 will get you back into the top of the second round.

      • Nick Russo

        Agreed, as usual, I enjoy conversation with another knowledgeable cowboys fan. I always look forward to your articles so thank you!

        • Brian Martin

          Thanks for the compliment. I enjoy the back and forth with readers like yourself.

  • Patsfan6969

    Signed up just to tell you….”I’d except either of the two trade scenarios”.

    Expect the trade? Maybe. Or.
    Accept the trade? I think this is what you meant. Either way, good read. As a pats fan I like the second trade. Pick at 19. Then use 23 to move back to the 2nd/3rd round and a 2nd rounder in 2019. Maybe a…first in 2019.

    Also, Go Pats.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for the heads up. I use a voice activated program to do my typing because of my disability and sometimes it misunderstands what I say. These kind of things go unnoticed sometimes when I do my proofreading.

      • Patsfan6969

        Wow just read your bio. Amazing how you can put together articles that way. I can’t even get Siri to call the right person. When I clicked the article and it took me to a Cowboys website I thought, “here we go with ridiculous cowboys fandom” turns out you look at things without bias. I thought the trade would be a first and bill belichick for pick 19. Lol. Keep up the good work. Hopefully you can teach some of these Cowboys fans a thing or two.

        • Brian Martin

          I try to be as realistic as possible when discussing the Cowboys, although I do stray from that from time to time.

  • John McClain

    I enjoyed the article I’d prefer to trade the pick at 19 to say the Bears for their second round pick and their 1st round pick next year. What helped New England for years was picking up teams future 1st round picks

    • Brian Martin

      That’s not a bad idea, but I don’t think the Cowboys consider it though. The Patriots have been able to do that because they’ve had a solid roster with good depth for several years. The Cowboys don’t really have the depth at key positions, which hurt them last season. They need more immediate help IMO.

  • Will

    I’m all for this. The only way I’m happy if they trade up is for Fitzpatrick or James, the only 3 players I’d want at 19 are VV, Ridley, or Vander Esch, and I think this is a very deep draft. Trading back is the best idea

    • Brian Martin

      Will, I agree with just about everything you said. I also wouldn’t mind DJ Moore or one of the top OGs at 19. I actually like Moore better than Ridley. I’m not completely sold on Vander Esch. I like him, but would rather take him a little later if the Cowboys were able to trade back.

  • elindio42

    Dallas already has ten picks in the draft. I can’t see a trade back if one of their targets is there at #19.

    The more likely scenario is bundling a few of their lower round picks and moving up. Maybe New England would go for that?

    • Brian Martin

      Why not do both? The Cowboys could move down in the first round in then bundle some of those extra picks to move back up into the second round.

      • elindio42

        I think a LB they want will be there at #19, but not later.

        They will need a starting quality LB at some point this season.

        • Brian Martin

          I think they can still come away with a starting quality LB in rounds three or four. This is a pretty deep LB draft class.

  • Randy Martin

    I am ok with a trade down scenario and of course it’s only hypothetical anyway. And in this case it only works if the Patriots covet anyone enough to move up. I can see if McGlinchey is on the board at 19 that they would be on the phone. I don’t see them taking a QB at 19 though. I think they will be looking at one of the next tier guys in day 2. In only 20 more days we get to see the magic unfold! Good read, as usual Mr. Martin.

    • Brian Martin

      Thank you Mr. Martin ha ha. I always enjoy a complement. I do think if the Patriots are looking to move up it’s probably for a starting LT. But, if Lamar Jackson is somehow still on the board at 19, somebody is going to want to trade up for more than likely. It could be the Patriots, but there”s really no way of knowing right now.

  • Myson Youknowwho

    Make the trade ,pick up a couple of early round pick Then use your later picks 4-7 to move up in the 3-5 rounds. Grab as much premium talent as you can

    • Brian Martin

      I think that’s the way things could possibly turn out. Fortunately we only have 20 more days of waiting.

      • Myson Youknowwho

        True, but watching Jerry and Stephen Jones for 20 days just adds to the speculation of what the Cowboys could, might, probably, will do And boy with this team you just never know Go Cowboys

        • Brian Martin

          A lot of people don’t like Jerry and Stephen Jones, but they sure do make the off-season/draft interesting.

          • Myson Youknowwho

            They absolutely do. As for not liking them, I just believe we need a true leader in the organization making decisions. Not Jerry and fill in the blank, if it is going to be Jerry fine if it is Stephen fine, if it is Will McClay better. But you can’t have 3 chefs making a gourmet dinner when they all have different recipes for the perfect meal And right now it appears that too many people are making decisions and that needs to stop for the Cowboys to be a great organization again.

          • Brian Martin

            It’s starting to look like Stephen Jones and Will McClay are starting to take over more and more. I think Jerry Jones is starting to be phased out a little bit. I don’t know if that is good or bad though.

          • Myson Youknowwho

            I want Jerry to promote the Cowboys, no one out sells Jerry Jones. He could sell you a car with no tires, engine and doors and make you feel like you got a great deal. However, if McClay is making the decisions and Stephen is watching the cap so we get the best value then the Cowboys should be fine. I am just tired of being sold a old clunker and being told it’s a sports car. The Cowboys have to hit on this draft, if this one is a dud, the Cowboys I fear will be resigned to mediocrity for the next several years

  • Alan Kelley

    No! Don’t trade down!!! Already have 10 picks, don’t need eleven…..

    Either stay or trade up!

    • Brian Martin

      Trading down allows you to acquire more draft picks and take more players in the top end of the draft. Players who can contribute right away. Just because you trade down doesn’t mean they’ll use all of those draft picks. For instance, you could package 50 and 81 and move up to the top of the second round. I’d prefer to have three or four players in the top 100 then just a couple.

    • Patsfan6969

      You can trade back and not acquire more picks this year. There’s a draft next year too. Pick 19 and a late round pick could probably get a first or early second this year with a mid round pick and a pick next year. You don’t always have to turn the better pick into more picks.

  • Charles

    I’m all for trading back if the right scenario presents itself and we feel like we can still get a guard or a defensive player who can be a starter right away. I would rather have 5 or 6 quality picks of guys who can actually make the 53 than having 10 picks of guys half of which have no chance of making the team.

    • Brian Martin

      Charles, I completely agree. The percentage of players making an NFL roster who were drafted in the fourth round and later round isn’t very high. It’s much easier to find starters/contributors on the first two days of the draft.

  • Jon Eóin

    Good, well reasoned discussion. Pats fan here. The question is interesting because of some of the glaring needs the Pats have and their relatively large cache of picks. I have to believe that they will be looking at someone like McGlinchey should he fall to 19, especially given their need and the lack of depth at OT in this draft. Theres also a possibility that they target a specific DE or LB at that draft slot, which are definite needs in New England. I think part of the complication arises out of the number of positional needs the Patriots have after free agency, which I would think value a balance between quality and quantity.
    I actually came to this article thinking the suggestion would be the Patriots trading down from one of their 1st’s to increase their overall depth of picks, and aiding them in filling their 4th thru 5th round void.
    Because of those factors, I’d have to believe that the perfect player would have to fall to 19 to make this a likely scenario.
    I also wanted to add that I think it’s very unlikely New England takes a chance on Lamar Jackson. His athleticism is certainly off the charts, but generally NE looks for QB prospects who show a high completion percentage in college, which Jackson did not. If I were to guess, I’d think one of Lauletta or Rudolph might be a better fit for NE with one Of their 2nd round picks.
    That said, again, I want to offer my compliments for reasoned, intelligent football discussion. Will definitely check you out in the future. Cheers.

    • Brian Martin

      I appreciate you taking the time to comment. The only reason I thought the Patriots may be interested in Lamar Jackson is because of Josh McDaniels and what he did when with the Broncos and Tim Tebow. Both Jackson and Tebow were more of the athletic type QB in college, but I believe Jackson has more upside. Teams generally like to move up in the first round to take a QB, that way they have that fifth year option at their disposal. It was just a thought, but I think there are other positions they would rather target who could contribute right away.

  • EverybodyTalks

    I like both scenarios and it could give you more flexibility within the top 100 picks. Trading back to #23, is not a steep drop, if there are a few choices you like in the #19 to #23 area. I like the extra 3rd round pick because you can sit on it or combine it with the #50 pick to kick you up near the top of the 2nd round. In that way, you might pick up a DT, WR or LB in the 1st, while still being close enough to grab a good guard in the 2nd.

    • Brian Martin

      I would actually be happy with either scenario. I’ve actually toyed with the idea of the Cowboys trading out of the first round completely.

      • EverybodyTalks

        Me too. One I tried recently was a 1st and 2nd combined picks trade with the Pats and it created some additional options. Happy Mocking!

  • VFXme

    I’d rather see the Patriots stay put with the 5 picks they have in the top 100, going for the best 5 available at each point for what the team needs. T, LB, EDGE, CB, QB.

  • Speedy

    Brian, well written… For me, the cowboys need a new WR; maybe DL, LB and or OL going forward. They have problems with cap space.. According to Mock Draft boards only one WR is going before the Boys pick at 19. Would it make sense to take a WR first round and cut or trade Dez? this would be great for Cap Space… what would a good return for DEZ be.. two top 50 picks? presently they have three picks in the top 81… i believe with 5 picks they can address all issues as well as cut on cap space if they deal Dez. he was a great cowboy but 2017 Dez is replaceable.

    • scarhill

      Is there a team sufficiently dumb to trade two top 50 picks for Bryant? If, as you say, Bryant is replaceable why would any team surrender two top picks?

      • Speedy

        reason for taking DEZ… win now approach, new coach needing to make splash.. Dez would lure in crowds… Dez to cleveland for 2 second rounders… why not.. or to tampa or chargers..

        • scarhill

          Bryant has a $16.8 cap hit for 2018. Far too much for a receiver on the down side who only had 69 catches for 838 yards and who is a head case.

          It is not that a team could trade for Bryant it is why would they?

          Any team would be better served to let Dallas cut him and pick him up for much less money.

          It it doubtful many fans would be lured to a game to watch Bryant.

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Looking Ahead to 2019 NFL Mock Drafts, a Pass Catching Theme Persists

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Looking Ahead to 2019 NFL Mock Drafts a Theme Persists

The Dallas Cowboys haven't played the 2018 NFL season yet, but that shouldn't stop us from looking ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft and seeing what players the team will have their eye on this fall.

With the NFL season fast approaching, that means the college football season is as well, and as we look through these mocks, perhaps you get an idea of whom to watch with a Cowboys perspective this fall.

I scoured the internet looking for the best and brightest minds and their "way too early 2019 mocks." As I perused the mocks, one thing was clear. Many of the national writers see the Dallas Cowboys going with an offensive pass catcher in the 2019 NFL Draft. Namely a TE.

TE Noah Fant, Iowa

Noah Fant, from the University of Iowa, will be a junior in his 2019 season and as a sophomore caught 30 passes for 494 yards (16.5 yards per reception) and 11 touchdowns. The receptions and yardage may not look all that impressive, but if we think about Iowa's offense in the Big 10, we can understand that he's not going to get many opportunities to catch the ball when the team is running it as often as they do.

In fact, the Hawkeyes ran the ball 10 more times per game than they threw it and their quarterback only completed - on average - 15 passes a game.

Fant accounted for 21% of the receiving yards on the season and 42% of the passing touchdowns. He was only 36 yards away from leading the team in receiving despite catching 21 fewer passes than leader Nick Easley. No other pass catcher for Iowa had more than four receiving touchdowns.

If there's something not to like at the moment about Fant, it's his size.

At the moment, College Football Reference has him listed at 232 pounds. There are running backs that weigh more than Fant does and he'll probably need to add about 10-20 pounds in the NFL to be an effective in-line blocker.

Mocked to the Dallas Cowboys by Dane Brugler of The Draft Show on DallasCowboys.com. In a mock draft he did for Sports Day DFW and the Dallas Morning News, he had this to say.

"It is now the post-Witten era in Dallas and unless a tight end on the roster emerges this season, the position could be high on the wish list next offseason. His athleticism makes Fant an appealing up-and-coming prospect."

Dane Brugler - Sports Day DFW, Dallas Morning News

Eric Galko of The Sporting News selected the Iowa tight end to the Cowboys as well, seeing him as a special prospect that has the chance to fill the shoes of Jason Witten.

Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington also had Noah Fant to the Cowboys, thinking they are in need of a Jason Witten replacement.

DE Austin Bryant, Clemson

Depending on what Dallas can get out of Right Defensive Ends Tyrone Crawford, Randy Gregory, Dorance Armstrong, and Charles Tapper, it could have the Cowboys taking a defensive end in the first round for the second time in three years.

Will Brinson's mock doesn't offer much analysis on Bryant, mostly saying that Clemson is going to be good. But here's what Draftek.com's Brett Clancy, who covers the 49ers, had to say about Bryant:

"Clemson's Austin Bryant is the 4th EDGE off the board in this mock and 2nd from his school, but he's still well worth a mid-round pick. Bryant broke out with 8.5 sacks as a junior last year and many thought he'd go pro. I like Bryant's move to stay in school and refine his game, specifically growing a repertoire of pass rush moves to complement his strong edge-setting ability."

Brett Clancy - Draftek.com

Bryant was amazingly disruptive for the Clemson Tigers as a junior, racking up 50 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks. At 6-5 265, he could come in and play right defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys on day one.

DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama

We know that the Dallas Cowboys have an affinity for Power 5 prospects and Jason Garrett goes back with Nick Saban.

Despite that relationship, it hasn't led to many Alabama players being selected by the Dallas Cowboys. Perhaps, that should tell us something.

One other factor that could be in play with Davis is dependent upon who the defensive coordinator is in 2019. We all know that Rod Marinelli doesn't place premium draft value on defensive tackles, but prefers to find diamonds in the rough to develop.

If Kris Richard takes over as the defensive coordinator in 2019, the story could be a bit different. Seattle, with Richard at the defensive helm, selected defensive tackles in the second round of the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts.

If the Dallas Cowboys are going to spend a first on a defensive tackle, this is the guy to do it on.

He was highly productive as a sophomore for the Crimson Tide, racking up 69 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also had one interception that was returned for 19 yards. At 6-7 306 pounds, he has the size and frame to be an immediate impact player on the Dallas Cowboys interior.

If the Dallas Cowboys choose not to resign David Irving in the 2018 offseason and Maliek Collins doesn't take a step forward, then Davis becomes a real possibility.

Here's what Draftek's Cowboys analyst had to say about Raekwon Davis.

"Alabama's Raekwon Davis has played both DT and DE in the Crimson Tide's 3-man line. He can maintain his gaps against the run when needed, but his primary skill set is using his long arms and strong lower body to use a variety of pass rush moves to win with power and speed. 

"One red flag on Davis happened 8/27/17: he was struck in the leg by a stray bullet during the wee hours of Sunday morning at a Tuscaloosa bar (Bar 17) where several shootings have occurred over the past few years. Despite HC Jason Garrett's affinity for Nick Saban coached players, this incident might remove him from the Dallas board."

Long Ball - Dratek.com

Interestingly, Draftek did a second round in this mock and they sent Boston College Safety Lukas Denis to the Dallas Cowboys.

S Jaquan Johnson, Miami

Speaking of safeties, Dan Kadar over at SBNation sent one to the Dallas Cowboys in the form of Jaquan Johnson.

Johnson, from the University of Miami, was very productive in his junior season for the Hurricanes, racking up 96 total tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and four interceptions. He returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown.

Here are Kadar's thoughts on the second team All-ACC player:

"There was a lot of talk during the draft that the Cowboys were in talks to trade for Earl Thomas. If they want to address safety next draft, Johnson was a second-team all-conference player who some thought would go pro."

Dan Kadar - SB Nation

Obviously, this pick will depend on what happens with Earl Thomas over the next nine months and the development of Xavier Woods, but Johnson will be a name to watch for teams that need a safety.

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Miami Hurricanes WR Ahmmon Richards

WR Ahmmon Richards, Miami

Another Hurricane to have on your NFL Draft radars is Wide Receiver Ahmmon Richard, who is going into his junior season at Miami.

The Dallas Cowboys have begun the process of overhauling their wide receiver corp with the departures of Dez Bryant and Brice Butler in the 2018 offseason. In 2019, it's likely that Terrance Williams (contract) and Cole Beasley (age) could be next to go.

That would leave them with Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, Deonte Thompson, Noah Brown, and Cedric Wilson as their WR depth chart. It's certainly a solid group, but adding a talent like Richards could help.

The Draft Wire's Luke Easterling believes, "Richards would be another great addition with impressive size and speed."

In two seasons at Miami, Richards has averaged 18.8 yards per reception, and 68.65 yards per game. He's got deep-threat ability which would combine well with Gallup and Hurns.

WR Collin Johnson, Texas

If Richards doesn't do it for you, then lets head a couple of hours south of Dallas to the University of Texas and Wide Receiver Collin Johnson.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has the Dallas Cowboys going with the junior wide receiver and had this to say:

"The Dallas Cowboys made interesting moves at wide receiver in the 2018 draft—trading Ryan Switzer to Oakland, acquiring Tavon Austin from Los Angeles, not selecting a receiver early—and will head into the upcoming season with a need for a playmaker down the field. Texas' Collin Johnson at 6'6" can be the downfield weapon and red-zone nightmare the Cowboys so badly want.

"Johnson does need to improve upon his production from the last two seasons and prove to scouts he can run well enough to separate from NFL defenders, but his size and hands are already getting buzzed about as teams prepare for the upcoming college season."

Matt Miller - Bleacher Report

I'll agree with Miller that Johnson will need to increase upon his production. Some believe that the quarterback limitations in Austin have been a factor, but at the moment, I'm leery of taking a wide receiver from the Big 12 that doesn't have excellent production in the first round of the draft.

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It's obvious from these mock drafts that analysts see the Dallas Cowboys continuing to invest in pass catchers for their offense and that is a reasonable thought.

Obviously, a lot will change between now and next April when the Dallas Cowboys go on the clock, but this gives us a bit of insight on who to watch in this upcoming college football season.

What names will you be watching in college football this season?



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Does Marquez White Assault Charge Alter Cowboys Plan in Supplemental Draft?

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Last night, it was reported that Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Marquez White has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The incident comes from a traffic confrontation that took place back in October, where White -- according to his camp -- was justified in drawing his weapon for self-defense.

A promising young player that stuck on the Cowboys practice squad in his rookie season, the sixth round pick doesn't need this case hanging over his head as training camp approaches. When considering the timing up against this week's supplemental draft, and the rare crop of defensive back talent available in it, White could soon be fighting for relevance on the Cowboys roster.

Becoming complacent in building one of the best young secondaries in the league won't be an issue for the Cowboys under new Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard. The Cowboys were relying on White to be a depth option behind projected starters Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, and Jourdan Lewis.

White's spot on the depth chart may very well hold up, but by the end of the week he could also have added competition in Adonis Alexander or Sam Beal.

Respectively, the former Virginia Tech and Western Michigan cornerbacks are two of the most talented supplemental prospects to enter the draft in years -- both likely to be the first players drafted since 2015.

Alexander and Beal are also joined by Mississippi State Safety Brandon Bryant as another backup option for Dallas.

Supplemental Draft: CB Adonis Alexander A Depth Option for Cowboys? 1

A lengthy cornerback with the toughness to play on the boundary, Alexander is a similar player to White, and one that Richard should love for his physical traits. Whether or not this natural skill outweighs some maturity issues that saw Alexander fall from freshman starter to suspended at VT will determine if the Cowboys feel comfortable sending away a 2019 draft pick for his services.

Where Alexander's career leaves his arrow trending downward on the eve of the supplemental draft, Beal is a rising prospect that some are calling the best to ever enter this draft.

An all-conference cornerback as a Junior out of Western Michigan, Beal improved with each passing college season, determined to finish out his degree along the way. However, once Beal's eligibility for his Senior season was called into question, the feisty 6'1" CB decided to turn towards the NFL.

Beal's professional football faith is now in the hands of any team that's done their homework on him. Projected to be taken as early as the third round, teams impressed by Beal's tape could be giving away a premium pick in next year's draft to add him just before training camp.

Should this team be the Cowboys, Beal's presence would put more than just White on notice. The Cowboys are also expecting corners like Duke Thomas and Kam Kelly to fight for roster spots. In a perfect world, say the one the Cowboys were living in yesterday before this White news broke, Thomas or Kelly could replace White on the practice squad as the Florida State product took another jump in Oxnard.

Cowboys CB Marquez White Could Emerge in 2018

Dallas Cowboys CB Marquez White

As I've written before though, teams must be relentless in their search for talent. The Cowboys have drafted well, but passed on big name free agents in recent years. The result is a young roster full of potential and ready to compete.

If either Adonis Alexander, Sam Beal, or even Brandon Bryant help them do so this year, we could be right here talking about a new Cowboys rookie in the middle of July. Marquez White would be happy to see this talk overshadow his legal situation for the moment.

This won't be the case when he's competing against another player that will likely cost the Cowboys more than the sixth round pick they invested in him two years ago.

Tell us what you think about "Does Marquez White Assault Charge Alter Cowboys Plan in Supplemental Draft?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

Brian Martin

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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

You may not be aware or maybe you've simply forgotten, but the Dallas Cowboys have struggled drafting players in the 2nd-round who can come in and contribute. Typically players drafted this highly are not only immediate contributors as a rookie, but are cornerstone players for years to come. That hasn't been the case for the Cowboys.

I don't know where you stand, but I was beginning to think the Dallas Cowboys were cursed with their 2nd-round draft picks. I know this was an area where they would gamble on players for some reason or another, but unfortunately it never really paid off. Hopefully, things are changing for the better.

Let's take a look back at past drafts to see what I'm talking about.

Past 2nd-Round Draft Picks Dating Back to 2006:

2018 Connor Williams
2017 Chidobe Awuzie
2016 Jaylon Smith
2015 Randy Gregory
2014 DeMarcus Lawrence
2013 Gavin Escobar
2012 (no selection) used to trade for Morris Claiborne
2011 Bruce Carter
2010 Sean Lee
2009 (no selection) traded out of 2nd-round
2008 Martellus Bennett
2007 (no selection) used to trade back into 1st for Anthony Spencer
2006 Anthony Fasano

You may be wondering why I decided to start all the way back in 2006. Well, I believe that's when the 2nd-round draft picks curse started for the Dallas Cowboys.

Anthony Fasano ended up having a solid career in the NFL, but he never lived up to his draft status as a former 2nd-round draft pick. The same can be said for Martellus Bennett, Gavin Escobar, and Bruce Carter. Shed a tear for them if you want, but I'd put them in the "bust" category.

Sean Lee

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

The sad truth is, Sean Lee is the only 2nd-round draft pick on this list to ever see a second contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Although, I guess you can include DeMarcus Lawrence since he will be playing under the franchise tag in 2018. But, that's still not a very good hit percentage in the 2nd-round for more than a decade. Luckily, it looks as if things are changing.

DeMarcus Lawrence might end up being another "hit" for the Cowboys. It may have taken him four years to reach his potential, but there's no denying how dominant he was last season. If he can maintain that dominance this season, he could be looking at a big payday from the Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys took a risk on the next two players they drafted after D-Law. They knew Randy Gregory had his off the field issues, but were willing to take a chance on his talent in the 2nd-round. That has yet to pay off, but Gregory has a chance to rebound now that it looks as if he has his life back in order.

Jaylon Smith

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

The Cowboys took another risk in the following draft when they drafted Jaylon Smith. No one knew if he would ever be able to play again after the devastating knee injury he sustained in his final collegiate game, but it's looking as if he could make a full recovery and return to his pre-injury form. Year 3 will be big for him, but he could end up being an absolute steal.

Fortunately, the Cowboys 2017 and 2018 2nd-round draft picks (Chidobe Awuzie and Connor Williams) look to be cornerstone players for years to come. That's what you're looking for in players drafted this highly.

I say all of this because it's really looking like the Dallas Cowboys have finally broken their 2nd-round curse. Maybe it's a change in draft philosophy or maybe it's because Will McClay's voice carries more weight in the draft room, but it's definitely good news for the future of the franchise. Hopefully it continues.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys 2nd-round curse has ended?



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