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Who Could the Dallas Cowboys Find if They Trade Down?

As the gets closer and closer, fans around the world start thinking long and hard about the prospects who could potentially interest their favorite team and whether or not they'll be available when NFL Commissioner states they're on the clock.

When teams have one of the top selections, the anticipation is very fun. The Dallas Cowboys held the fourth overall pick in 2016 and everyone was super excited to see who Dallas ended up with. , , Jalen Ramsey and even Jared Goff were in the discussion.

Holding the 19th overall pick, though… is different.

At times it's stressing to think how likely it is to see a wiped-out board with players who'd qualify as a reach on that spot. It's an awkward place to draft, especially in a Draft class that's very thin at different positions.

So naturally, it's time to talk about the possibility of seeing a . Last week I wrote about whether or not the Cowboys should seriously considering trading up. My fellow writer Kevin Brady wrote about a very interesting just a few days ago.

Today, let's dive in to which players could the Dallas Cowboys target if they decide to trade down from 19.

Dallas Cowboys Know G Will Hernandez Well, Even Without Formal Pre-Draft Visit 1

In the Trenches: Isaiah Wynn and Will Hernandez

The Cowboys need help at their . Despite counting with three All-Pros in , and plus a talented , help is needed in the interior. Personally, I was pretty disappointed by the letting Jonathan Cooper walk, for I'd dare say he did a decent job when he took over Chaz Green's spot as the starting .

In February, I wrote about why the Cowboys shouldn't draft a guard at 19. However, now that the first waves of have come and gone, it feels more like a need now than it did a couple of months ago.

Both of these guards could be long gone before the Joneses are on the clock, but they also could be available past their pick. Listen, as much as we hate to admit it, the truth is there actually exists a positional value in this league. Guard is a position that's rarely taken in the of the Draft.

If the Cowboys look to trade down, their priority should be landing either Georgia's or UTEP's Will Hernandez to have the most dominant line in the NFL by far.

Linebacker Help: Leighton Vander Esch and Rashaan Evans

Many people are convinced when they say isn't a first round need for this football team. I beg to differ. I won't deny that Sean Lee is very talented and easily one of the best (if not the best) player on the roster. Neither do I forget the existence of Jaylon Smith, who's health is reportedly improving even more and should be ready to breakout in 2018.

Even though, the Cowboys lost in and we shouldn't overlook what he meant to this in 2017.

Although Lee and Smith could make for one of the best LB duos in the NFL, Dallas could find a little more certainty in the position by taking either of these linebackers.

and Tremaine Edmunds will be long gone, but Alabama's Evans and Boise State's Vander Esch could still be found if the Cowboys trade down a few spots.


Another One: Wide Receivers…

The room will be undoubtedly one of the most intriguing to watch once the season arrives. The Cowboys have many well-known names with a lot of talent there, yet a lot of uncertainty after a very disappointing season.

The Allen Hurns does calm down the team's need for a receiver, but after hearing about all the WR prospects the Cowboys are looking at, it may be too early to rule the position out of the first round.

Many could be available when the Cowboys are set to pick. Calvin Ridley should be gone by then, but fortunately, it's a deep WR class.

Maryland's D.J. Moore (who has become one of Cowboys Nation's favorites), SMU's Courtland Sutton, Texas A&M's and even 's could all be in the Cowboys' sights.

Safety: Jessie Bates, Ronnie Harrison and Justin Reid

is one of those that seem to have been overlooked by many fans. Especially with talk of moving to CB, Dallas might be in a tough spot in their defensive backfield, and there's definitely reason for concern.

There were rumors surrounding a trade for Earl Thomas, mentions of Kenny Vaccaro as a potential signing, but nothing happened.

Now, the Cowboys could look for a safety in the first round of the Draft. The question is, which safety is worth the 19th overall pick? After Derwin James and Minkah Fitzpatrick, there doesn't seem to be a lot of value.

Ronnie Harrison, Jessie Bates and Justin Reid could be guys who interest Dallas, but it does seem like drafting any of them at their original spot will be a reach. If the front office is able to get some later picks by trading down a few spots, call it a win for the Cowboys.


The funny thing, is that a lot of these players are guys who have been linked to the Cowboys at the 19th spot. A trade down might just be the way to go come Draft Day. Unless the draft pick compensation is strong though, they'll have to be very careful not to climb down a bit too much, because they could end up with no one worth drafting.

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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I think the strength of this draft for the Cowboys is in rounds 2 through 4. I would like to see them move down in the first, maybe into the top of the 2nd, to acquire additional picks. On the back end, use the compensatory and late round picks to move up. Imagine 7 or 8 picks, spread between the 2nd and 4th round, verses 10 picks, spread over the seven rounds.

Chuck Wright

Could not agree more with trading down. . . add another 2nd round pick. . . .frankly I use a 2019 2nd or 3rd + something to trade into 2018 for another Top 100 player.

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