Should The Dallas Cowboys Trade Down In The 2013 NFL Draft?

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When I evaluate the current status of the Dallas Cowboys depth chart, (especially the trenches) it’s a bit disheartening. If I  take in to consideration the salary cap situation and the fact that the Dallas Cowboys  only have 6 draft picks, it makes the wheels start turning in my little brain. At that point, I can’t help but ask myself this question: should the Dallas Cowboys try and trade down in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL draft?

StephenJonesIt’s obvious to me that 6 draft picks isn’t enough. Especially knowing that the Dallas Cowboys didn’t have any salary cap space to do anything significant this offseason. The Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice president , Stephen Jones, recently said,

“When you have a need, you tend to like a position of need a little more, and you have to watch that,” he said. “That can be difficult, but I think you have to fight that.”

Are you freaking kidding me? Where do these guys come from? Does anyone other than me see why the Dallas Cowboys have not only been a .500 TEAM FOR THE LAST 17 YRS,  BUT ONLY HAVE ONE PLAYOFF WIN?

Well folks, this clearly explains why the Jones family has neglected the offensive and defensive lines for so long. This isn’t about winning to them. Need isn’t a priority, nope, it’s flash and selling jerseys.

CordarellePattersonDoes it make any sense to you for me to say that your biggest needs should be addressed first and foremost?  So then, if there isn’t a solid offensive guard or tackle  left on the board do you grab a running back just because he is there and currently the best player on your board; knowing that he has no OL to run behind? Hell No! Do you draft a WR when your QB has no time to utilize him properly?  Do you reach for an offensive lineman? Hell no! What you do is improvise, adapt and overcome the situation. Lets face it, this draft is loaded with depth on the offensive and defensive lines this year.

I have come up with a good solution to this problem. The San Francisco 49ers are loaded with  picks for the 2013 NFL Draft. Losing their veteran safety Dashawn Goldson in free agency,  put a nice hole in the secondary of that lights out defense. I find it hard to believe that the 49ers want to actually draft that many players. In most cases, when teams are loaded with picks, they want to wheel and deal. The New England Patriots have done this many times. They traded up in to the 1st round 2 times in 2012, landing two solid day one starting defensive players. The rule of thumb is,  quality over quantity.

Larry WarfordThere is a real good chance that Kenny Vaccarro will still be on the board when the Dallas Cowboys pick at 18. The way I see it, the signing of veteran safety Will Allen, should at least get the Cowboys through the 2013 season. This also gives the Cowboys the opportunity to see how well Matt Johnson has developed. In spite of the fact that I have personally mocked the Cowboys taking Kenny Vaccarro at 18, I don’t think that is the best idea.

According to Scott Wrights “Draft Countdown”  trade value chart: the Dallas Cowboys pick at 18 is worth 900 draft points. My question now becomes: why not try and  trade down to the San Franciso 49ers pick at 31?
If the Dallas Cowboys were able to do that, they would not only obtain the 49ers pick at 31, (valued at 600) but  their pick at  61 (valued at 292) and  their pick at 212 (valued at 6.6) for a total of 898.6. In this scenario, The Dallas Cowboys would be able to draft Larry Warford at 31 (who I actually like better than Cooper) and the best available defensive tackle on the board at 61.  That fills another glaring need. In addition, a developmental player in the 7th round at 212. Your entitled to your opinion, but I think this would be a good way to add some solid depth to a team with a lot of holes. When I do my final mock  for the 2013 Dallas Cowboys Draft, I will include this trade down scenario.

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CowgirlCas was raised by a loyal Dallas Cowboys fan. Her father has been a fan since the early Landry days, so the Cowboys have always been part of her life. Her dad is a former player and currently coaches a team, she was raised on football. When most kids were out playing with friends, she was either at practice with her dad or watching film with him. Her favorite all time player is Emmit Smith and her current favorite player is Tony Romo. She is a quiet, easy going person, but she can get real feisty and outspoken when it comes to football. She is a firm believer in the Dr Seuss quote: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. She is excited to have the opportunity to do just that here at Your Daily Cowboys Football Fix. Her passions other than football include, studying psychology, writing, NASCAR, MMA, music, long days at the beach, and working out.You can see all of her other recent work here: and here: She can be reached at, and you can follow her on Twitter @CowgirlCas22

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  • GregArkins57

    Just a couple ideas I wanted to sling at ya…….by.

    • CowgirlCas22

      GregArkins57 we have had enough of scrubs cut by other teams! This team needs young studs!

  • Californy

    I already mention my trade to Cincy for pick 53 and 34 in this year draft, I also mention the trade down of 53 to SF for pick 74 nd 93 in this draft.  That will give us Pick 34, 47 In round number 2, and Pick 74, 82 and 93 in round number 3.  The pick will be as the following Warford at 34, Cyprien at 47 , Margus Hunt DE, or Terron Armstead OT, Pick 74 will be Phillip Thomas or Barrett Jones at 74,  82 will be BAP, and  BAP depending what is done with the previous draft and who is left, possible moving down some more for more Picks with pick 93

    • CowgirlCas22

      Californy the only problem with that is, JJ almost never hits after the 2nd round. Does 2009 ring a bell when they kept trading down further?

      • Defense 28

        yeah the only J.J. to hit after round 2 was the real J.J. Jimmy Johnson.

        • Californy

          Defense 28yeah the only J.J. to hit after round 2 was that to his bottle  in his famous Teboe Interview or Romo Friendly draft comment he has made last year, lol

      • Californy

        CowgirlCas22 Californy  Cas, what really matter is not where you pick from but who you pick.  I can only hope this is the year JJ mess up in the draft and drafts player he doesnt normally draft. Players who can play and actually help this team in every round.

  • Californy

    I would like to get more picks in a trade down in round number 5 & 6 from pick for pick 93 in this year draft.  I would like to get Michigan Kwame Goldstonn DT in the 4th, BW Webb in the 5th, Get a RB in the 5th or trade for Chris Ivory to NO

  • Californy

    Wow I didn’t even read this article until after the fact.  I have another possible trade for the boys, a trade to SF for pick 34 and 61 with SF, that would leave us a balance of 48 point (Low 4th rd Pick) and I would trade this to SF for a player like Chris Culiver who is a third string Safety or 3-4 th string CB for the 49 ers.  I like Culiver he a good man cover CB and Safety,  there would be no reason to draft a safety with him on board.  SF will draft another safety and that will drop Culiver to 4th string safety.  We can still draft Warford at 34 and Terron Armistad OT, Barret Jones Center, or Margus Hunt DE  at 61 and that despite having pick 47 as option to us in rd Number 2 unfilled.

  • waynoootn

    In my mock draft I have us trading our first with Cincy for their two seconds and picking (37) Warford O.G. Kent. (47) Barrett Jones O.C.Ala. (53) Phillip Thomas F.S. Freaso (80) Montee Ball R.B. Wisc.(114) Quinton Dial R.O.T.(151)Devonte Holloman O.L.B. Sc.(185) Jason Weaver O.G. Sou. Miss.

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