By: Joe D.
Presuming that the Cincinnati Bengals actually offered a “first day” pick to the Cowboys for Bennett (as indicated by Jerry Jones prior to the 2009 trade deadline), the Cowboys would have the 21st and 27th picks in the 2010 NFL Draft (also assuming Bennett’s presence wouldn’t have lead to Bengals to a championship).
If the Cowboys had accepted that offer, they would certainly have the necessary draft picks to move up into the top of the draft. If you follow the draft value chart, the Cowboys could package both first round picks and move up to the 7th spot. However, due to the high salaries that correspond with first round picks, many GM’s are saying the old chart is antiquated. Consequently, the GM’s are placing a negative value on a top 10 slots. Essentially, the Cowboys could have practically any single player in the draft, trade down to acquire more picks and still have a 1st round selection, or they could go the obvious route of picking up two quality 1st round prospects.
While I love Bennett’s potential, I wouldn’t be averse to remaking the offensive line with Maurkice Pouncey and Rodger Saffold. Heck, Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis (or Charles Brown) would have me bouncing off the wall. After all, Bennett is a backup TE. John Phillips played well last year when given an opportunity. Phillips actually caught the ball when it was thrown to him (a novel concept).
To surmise, I don’t believe the Bengals ever offered a first round pick for Bennett, but if I was wrong and the offer were still on the table, I simply couldn’t resist. Amamazingly, Jerry Jones was able to resist.