Underneath Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys buying and selling down within the first spherical has been just about nonexistent. Since 2007, Dallas has opted to maneuver their choice down in spherical one simply as soon as. This occurred again in 2013 when the Cowboys despatched the 18th general choose to the San Francisco 49ers for choose 31 and a third-round choice.
For Dallas, this uncommon commerce again truly labored out very effectively. Regardless of shifting again 13 spots, the Cowboys had been in a position to choose middle Travis Frederick in spherical one. Frederick went on to grow to be a five-time Professional Bowler throughout his six-year profession. Dallas additionally used the additional third-round choice on Baylor vast receiver Terrance Williams. The wideout additionally performed six years in Dallas, posting some strong manufacturing. Williams totaled 500 plus receiving yards in 5 of his six seasons within the NFL.
Though it labored out for the Cowboys in 2013, for probably the most half, Dallas has been tired of shifting again in spherical one, particularly in the event that they maintain a premium choose like they do within the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. For the primary time since 2016, and the second time since 2011, the Cowboys maintain a top-ten choose. However, if that is the yr the Cowboys determine to buck their very own development and attempt to purchase extra picks by shifting down, what might a possible deal appear to be?
Nicely, first off, there’s some severe danger concerned buying and selling out of a top-ten choose. When you commerce away with a strong prospect on the board, they’ll be linked to your workforce for the remainder of their profession. You can commerce away from a possible All-Professional, simply to accumulate extra picks that would finally add as much as the extent of talent that one participant possesses.
You additionally might end up caught. When you commerce down and get again on the clock and aren’t in love with any out there prospects, you’ll be compelled to achieve on a participant you don’t really feel is worthy of the choice. This precise situation was demonstrated completely in Professional Soccer Focus’s newest mock draft.
PFF had these 9 gamers, (Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Ja’Marr Chase, Kyle Pitts, Devonta Smith, Penei Sewell, and Patrick Surtain II), off the board earlier than Dallas got here on the clock. Regardless of lacking out on Sewell, Pitts, and Surtain, the Cowboys nonetheless had offensive sort out Rashawn Slater, and cornerback Jaycee Horn as two potential alternatives. As a substitute of choosing Slater or Horn, PFF had Dallas sending choose 10 to the New England Patriots. (Be aware: PFF doesn’t structure full particulars of trades of their mock drafts, however we will assume Dallas acquired choose 15 and sure 46 within the transfer up for a QB)
New England went forward and chosen Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, adopted by Rashawn Slater, Jaycee Horn, Jaylen Waddle, and Christian Darrisaw going off the board. For the Cowboys, this can be a catastrophe situation. They traded away from two intriguing prospects in Slater and Horn, and now are caught at 15 having to doubtless attain on a participant with some points.
On this draft, PFF has them deciding on Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley, whose draft inventory has actually plummeted since information broke he would require again surgical procedure. Right here’s what PFF needed to say concerning the choose.
Farley’s draft inventory not too long ago took a tumble with the elite athletic testing of Surtain, Horn and Greg Newsome coupled with information of one other again surgical procedure for Farley. I’d nonetheless really feel assured taking him right here after the commerce down for Dallas, particularly contemplating his slot in Dan Quinn’s protection with splendid size and velocity for the place. Farley got here away from his 2019 season with a 90.5 protection grade after he allowed simply 36% of the passes thrown into his protection to be accomplished.
There’s no telling if Farley will have the ability to overcome his accidents and be a really productive participant, however taking somebody with that form of query mark within the first spherical is an enormous gamble. Granted, Dallas doubtless walks away from this cope with one other second-round choose, however is that price buying and selling away from an instantaneous plug-and-play starter in Slater or Horn?
How would you are feeling a few commerce down in spherical one? Would you are feeling comfy buying and selling away from a participant of Slater’s or Horn’s caliber to accumulate extra picks?