Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisville Cardinals defensive back Calvin Pryor catches a pass during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Dallas Cowboys Trade Down in NFL Draft?


The rumors have been out in full effect as we inch closer to the 2014 NFL Draft, and one team that has been in the news the most is the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones always seems to have an odd strategy, but this year’s blueprint might make a whole lot of sense. If the Cowboys want to make a big splash, their best bet might be to actually trade down.

Benefits of Trading Down:

  • The team would be able to likely grab one of the top two safeties – if they are looking to go in that direction. Calvin Pryor would likely still be there, and with a little bit of luck, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix might be too. The Baltimore Ravens (#17) may want to look at an offensive playmaker like Eric Ebron, so passing on Clinton-Dix and Pryor is likely.
  • They have a possible suitor in the New York Jets (#18). New York wants an offensive playmaker, but the Baltimore Ravens may choose to go in that direction as well. If a guy like Ebron or Marquise Lee is on the board, the Jets may want to jump ahead of the Ravens to get their guy. Don’t count out the fact that New York needs cornerback depth – something the Ravens also could use.
  • Draft picks are very valuable and a move like this would give Dallas some extra selections, likely still getting “their guy” as well.
  • This draft has a ton of depth. If the Cowboys are able to pick up a second or third round selection, they have the ability to get late first round talent with that pick. The more picks in this draft, the better.

Risks of Trading Down:

  • The Ravens could easily snatch a safety if just one is on the board. Pryor has been linked to the Ravens, something Dallas would have to monitor closely.
  • They couldn’t go any further than #20, as the Green Bay Packers (#21) and Philadelphia Eagles (#22) both are in need of safety help.
  • If they slide back to #20, the Miami Dolphins may grab a defensive playmaker just ahead of them. While an offensive pick is likely, help is needed on the defensive side of the ball.

Should the Dallas Cowboys Trade Down?

A case could be made either way. If the team does decide to get a few more draft picks by trading down, I would call it a successful move. The 2nd and 3rd round picks in this draft will go a very long way. The class has depth – it’s up to the Cowboys to decide how they want to take advantage of that.

Potential Targets in the mid-First Round

  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
  • Calvin Pryor
  • Kony Ealy
  • Aaron Donald
  • Timmy Jernigan
  • Zack Martin
  • Anthony Barr
  • Mike Evans

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  • Guy Smith

    I like a recent mock draft where the Cowboys added Barr, SOMEHOW got an additional high second rounder, then added Crichton and Deone Buchannon with our now TWO second round picks. If anything like That happened, it would be great, as we still would have our 3rd, 4th, 5th and SIX.-7th rounders to add depth in other areas.

    • Joe Wedra

      Barr would make a lot of sense. I don’t love him, but he’s definitely a threat that teams need to be aware of.

    • baronmwd

      Not sure how we can get a high 2nd without loosing our 3-5 rounders. Unless they had Dallas trading back acquiring a 2nd and saying that Barr slipped all the way to them. Highly unlikely!! Or Dallas would have to trade away next year’s 1st round pick. Not going to happen.

      • Joe Wedra

        I expect the Cowboys to be cautious with their picks. I think they’ll want to stockpile as many as possible this year.

        • baronmwd

          I hope your right. Now all we need is a partner, who wants our pick 16, to trade with.

  • baronmwd

    First I don’t think Dallas is looking at Safety in 1st round. I think there is a good chance Ealy & Jernigan slips into the 2nd round. Donald, Evans & Barr wouldn’t be trade down consideration so why there listed in this article is beyond me. I could see Dallas trading back into early 20′s grabbing Martin and picking up a 3rd.
    I would love Dallas to trade back as far as they can, even out of 1st round completely. The talent drop off from pick 25 to pick 50 is not very much this year. According the the trade value chart if Dallas could trade back with Cleveland an even trade would be Dallas 1st & 7th rounder for Cleveland 2nd, both there 3rd ‘ s & there late 4th. That would give Dallas 2 – second round, 3-third round & 2 – forth round picks. 7 picks through 4 rounds.

    • Joe Wedra

      It would be interesting to see them trade back into the second, for sure! If they did that, and Ealy and Jernigan were gone, who would you like to see them take?

      • baronmwd

        Chrighton
        Lawrence
        Ward (might be gone in 1st)

        • Joe Wedra

          Defense is definitely a must. Receiver position is so deep, they could definitely wait.

          • baronmwd

            I agree, I would be very happy with 2 DE’S in 2rd. Then with 3 picks in 3rd we could address DT, O-Line, FS, LB or WR. Finally with 2 forth rounders we might even look towards RB & QB.

    • Chad

      If only it would shake out like this….just don’t count on Martin making it past Miami. At this point they’ve got to be ready to sell their souls to keep Tannehill off of his back.

      • baronmwd

        True, maybe if Lewen is sitting there at 16 Miami may consider trading with us to grab him.

        • Joe Wedra

          Very possible. The Ravens will want Lewan. Miami would love to leapfrog Baltimore.

          • baronmwd

            So they might actually over pay for a trade if a guy they really covet is there.

          • Joe Wedra

            It’s possible, something that is perfect for Dallas. That wouldn’t be too bad of a fall, and they can pick up a lot of draft picks.