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How Titans-Rams Trade Affects Cowboys

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After a night and early morning dominated by NBA news, the NFL just retook the news cycle in a major way.

The Tennessee Titans just traded the first overall pick in the draft to the Los Angeles Rams. They are getting massive, Herschel Walker-level haul in exchange for moving from first down to the 15th pick.

But this isn't TitanTalk.com, is it? Obviously, we're concerned about what this means for the Dallas Cowboys.

Cowboys Draft - How Kaepernick Trade Affects the Cowboys 2The Rams' willingness to send so many picks (2016 & 2017 first-round picks, two 2016 second round picks, and 2016 & 2017 third round picks) can mean only one thing: quarterback. You don't throw that many picks at any other position.

The Titans were obviously not going to be taking a QB, having done that last year with Marcus Mariota. The switch to the Rams creates a major ripple effect that will impact the Cowboys at the fourth-overall spot.

In my last mock draft I had the following top 8 picks:

  1. Titans - Laremy Tunsil, OT
  2. Browns - Carson Wentz, QB
  3. Chargers - Jalen Ramsey, DB
  4. Cowboys - Myles Jack, LB
  5. Jaguars - Joey Bosa, DE
  6. Ravens - DeForest Buckner, DE
  7. 49ers - Jared Goff, QB
  8. Eagles - Ezekiel Elliott, RB

This could be a dream come true for Dallas if it means Jalen Ramsey gets pushed down to them. Many expect the Chargers to take Tunsil, a franchise left tackle, if he's available. If the Rams and Browns both take quarterbacks then Tunsil falls to San Diego and Ramsey probably gets a star on his next helmet.

Obviously, this is bad news if the Cowboys were wanting a quarterback themselves. Even if the Browns don't take one then it increases the likelihood of the 49ers or some other team trying to move into the top three to take whoever the Rams don't.

On the other hand, if Dallas isn't looking for a quarterback and Ramsey still goes to San Diego, it gives them even more leverage to pull off a trade down of their own. They won't get what the Titans did, but they could end up with an extra second or third-round pick for their trouble.

There will be plenty more analysis of this shake up in the coming days. For now, we can clearly state that opens up several new dynamics for the Cowboys.

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  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields

    My quick top 4 mock:

    1. Wentz
    2. Goff
    3. Tunsil
    4. Ramsey (Cowboys)

    As you hinted at, though, this trade (assuming the Browns hook us up and pick Goff) pushes one of the "elite" talents to the Cowboys at #4 in Ramsey or Tunsil.

    If Tunsil falls to us, you've got to figure the Cowboys will be fielding lots of calls to get that #4 pick. The same will be true if Ramsey falls to us, but IMO the Cowboys will draft Ramsey aside from a blockbuster trade offer.

    Sent from my SM-N900V using Pigskin Hub – Pro Football Forums mobile app

    • Jess Haynie

      If Ramsey's off the board then I think it all comes down to how much they like Elliott. If it's enough then they could easily take him at #4, too. Otherwise, trade down seems most likely.

  • GiOjeda

    Prior to this trade between LA & TN I had read several articles where other teams would possibly trade up with Dallas to get #4 & I noticed that it was often for a 3rd rounder. Why? Why would Jones accept that? He SHOULDN'T! I remember Jones being fleeced by the 49ers in 2013 moving up 13 spots!!! For a 3rd rounder? The 49ers got their safety which then created a poor situation for Dallas, which didn't net a lot of value (at the time). Yes, we ended up getting T. Frederick (31) & T. Williams (74) which worked out well. But at that time everyone was not happy, seemingly. My point is that Dallas should trade, if they do, for a 2nd rounder NOT a 3rd. Thoughts?

    • Jess Haynie

      Well, you have to keep in mind that trades are two-way street. In 2013 it may have just been an issue of Dallas getting the best they could out of what was on the table. The 49ers have just as much potential to hang up the phone as they did. I agree with you about using all your leverage for this year. #4 spot is very valuable, especially if it's so a team can move up to get a QB. They should be able to get max value.

  • Blue Star

    LA Rams needed to draft number 1. I met a few people here in LA county who are happy to have a team but, hate the owner.

    Dallas needs to trade with the Titans. Goal should be to get a First round next year. and Both 2nd rounds from the Titans this year.

    • Jess Haynie

      if Dallas dropped down to #15 what players would you be targeting? Best available DE?

  • Blue Star
    Jess Haynie

    if Dallas dropped down to #15 what players would you be targeting? Best available DE?

    simply the best player available.

    Denver is not going to sit at #31 with Mark Sanchez. New England will try to get in the first round.

  • Blue Star

    Titans want back in the top 10. Dallas needs to get on this quick.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer…r-deal-titans-trying-to-trade-into-the-top-10

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The 1 Player Cowboys Should Consider Trading Up For

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The Dallas Cowboys enter the 2018 NFL Draft needing help in multiple areas. Of course, they could use new blood on the interior of their defensive line, in their linebacker corps, and in their receiver room. Their most important need to fill in the first round, however, seems to be left guard.

If the Cowboys could find an immediate starter at left guard, a dominant player who can function as an effective run blocker and allow Dak Prescott to trust his left side once again, their offense would be back in business. We typically think of the Cowboys offense, and their line in particular, as a strength. But down the stretch in 2017 that simply wasn't the case.

As I've discussed before, there should be realistic options available with the 19th overall selection, particularly Georgia guard Isiah Wynn. There is one player in this NFL Draft class they should consider moving up for if the price is right, though.

That player is Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson.

Make no mistake, Quenton Nelson is the best prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft class. He is a massive, yet athletic interior offensive lineman who cemented himself as the best guard in college football during his senior season with the Fighting Irish.

Nelson plays with an edge that you love from offensive linemen, especially from those you will be asking to run block often. He doesn't just open holes, he embarrasses defensive tackles. He doesn't just smartly use body positioning and footwork, he finishes his blocks and snatches souls. Plus, he shows the athleticism and agility to get to the second level to seal off linebackers.

Quenton Nelson works well in pass protection as well. Often labeled a weakness in his game coming out of high school, Nelson has shown vast improvements in his footwork, awareness, and balance in his pass set while at Notre Dame. He would be a day one starter in Dallas, and would take the Cowboys' offensive line back to their 2014-2016 form.

But how realistic is it that the Cowboys would move up for Nelson?

Well, not very realistic at all. In fact, I'd say it's more likely the Cowboys move back to take Will Hernandez or Isaiah Wynn than it is they give away future assets in such a Day Two-rich draft. If, for some reason, Quenton Nelson falls to around the 12th overall pick however, there could be an opening for the Cowboys to come up and snag him.

I don't condone trading up often whatsoever, but Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson leads a very short list of players I'd move up for if I were the Cowboys. Trading up for a guard seems like flawed logic, but considering the importance and impact he would have for this team, Quenton Nelson is well worth it.

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Sean’s Scout: Iowa LB Josey Jewell A Hard-Hitting Depth Option

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Sean's Scout: Iowa LB Josey Jewell A Hard-Hitting Option for Depth

Much of what the Dallas Cowboys do at the linebacker position this offseason will be determined by their confidence in Jaylon Smith, which has not wavered since drafting him in the second round in 2016 - making his NFL debut this season. With Anthony Hitchens set to hit free agency and Sean Lee not getting any younger though, the Cowboys could use an injection of youth at LB.

The 2017 Draft marked the first time the Cowboys did not select a linebacker since 2004 (!), making it that much more of a priority this offseason. Should they target a mid-round option with the ability to step in and contribute right away, Iowa's Josey Jewell makes a ton of sense.

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"Iowa LB Josey Jewell is an incredibly instinctive player, reacting to plays with a rare mix of balance, burst, and physicality against the run."

This film clip and quote comes from my full scouting report on Josey Jewell at Slant Sports. Playing primarily the MIKE position at Iowa, Jewell will fit best in the NFL at either WILL or SAM - with the versatility to provide depth at both.

With these two LB spots being ones of need for the Cowboys, Jewell would add a enforcing presence to the second level of this defense, the likes of which have been missing in Dallas for some time.

A square player with adequate power in his hands and above average movement ability, Jewell is a magnet for the football against the run.

"...Josey Jewell plays with the stopping power that NFL scouts absolutely love out of any front seven players. Asked to play a lot of MIKE linebacker at Iowa, Jewell will be a physical presence for any defense to add..."

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Jewell is not only comfortable around the line of scrimmage as a sure tackler, flashing the ability to shoot gaps with great burst and technique. Jewell may be far from a "pass rusher", but he does attack blockers similarly, coming downhill to disengage violently.

"Jewell plays with textbook technique in pass coverage as well, playing light on his feet with the balance to hang with shifty receivers throughout the down."

Jewell's vertical movement as a WILL linebacker also make him an ideal fit for the Cowboys, as he could develop quickly into a starter on Nickel packages - requiring him to be one of just two LBs on the field.

NFL.com scout Lance Zierlein actually compared Josey Jewell to Sean Lee in his own scouting report. Outplaying his own second round draft status, I believe Jewell has a chance to do the same as a valuable third round grade on my 2018 NFL Draft Board.

"While Josey Jewell’s Iowa tape left no questions about his ability to move backwards with ease and attack forward, his lateral movement leaves some concerns."

It was ultimately Jewell's limitations as a rangy defender that pushed him down into the third round for me, which is an ideal spot for the Dallas Cowboys to be targeting a linebacker in this 2018 Draft. Jewell's floor would make him a noticeable contributor to the Cowboys' defense in year one, a top 100 prospect that should be an NFL starter in the near future.

Tell us what you think about "Sean’s Scout: Iowa LB Josey Jewell A Hard-Hitting Depth Option" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Draft: Would Dallas Consider A 1st Round CB?

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Cowboys Draft: Would Dallas Consider A 1st

As has been talked about before, the Dallas Cowboys spent a plethora of draft capital on their secondary a year ago. By taking cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis with two of their top three picks, and then tripling down at corner with Marquez White on day three, the Cowboys overhauled their aging cornerback group.

While some fans still want the team to add another safety, drafting a cornerback in the first round seems out of the question.

Or is it?

Historically, 19th overall is a bit of an awkward place to be. In most drafts, teams are running out of first round grades, but drafting a player you've graded as a round two talent in the top 20 can feel like a reach. When put in situations such as these, teams like to trade back, acquire future assets, and feel more comfortable about where they're taking the player they want. The problem is, of course, that you need a team to want to move up to your spot.

Obviously there's a chance the Cowboys are completely cleaned out at receiver and linebacker by the time their on the clock. Regardless of the scenario, taking Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn is my plan A, but the team may feel differently.

I currently have four cornerbacks with first round, or late first-to-early second round grades. This list includes Ohio State's Denzel Ward, Louisville's Jaire Alexander, UCF's Mike Hughes, and Iowa's Josh Jackson. All four are deserving of first round consideration, but in the right situation, I'd have to think long and hard about taking the first three 19th overall.

All three are phenomenal players who should make an impact during their rookie seasons, but the question the Cowboys would have to ask themselves is: "do we have a place for this player?" Sunday Morning Wishlist: DAL Cowboys @ NY Giants 1

Awuzie looks like the CB1 of the future, and Lewis could be effective on the outside as well. Ward, Alexander, and Hughes are all shorter cornerbacks and wouldn't be too much of a change from what the Cowboys already have on the back-end. Still, Orlando Scandrick may be done in Dallas, and Anthony Brown provided more questions than answers during his Sophomore season.

The Cowboys could be put in a situation similar to that of the 2017 NFL Draft. When they finally got on the clock, they only had one first round grade remaining. That player was reportedly running back Dalvin Cook, and considering they had selected Ezekiel Elliott the year before, Cook wasn't ever an option.

I have to wonder that because of how last offseason went, if the Cowboys would even think of taking a cornerback early on in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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