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?
It’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.
Does 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.
There 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.