The Cowboys may even find a player they like in the draft, adding more competition as well. If Ratliff was to move to Defensive End, at least one of these players would become expandable. Of the 3, I think Spears would bring the most value. Especially since he is only 29, and of course was a 1st round selection back in 2005.
The San Francisco 49ers are in need of depth along their Defensive line. And with the recent signings of Randy Moss and Mario Manningham plus the resigning of Ted Ginn tells me they aren’t completely satisfied with former Texas Tech star, Michael Crabtree.
Crabtree ( 74 catches, 874 yards, 4 tds in 2011 ) has 40 starts in his brief 3 year career with the 49ers, would make an excellent #3 Wide Receiver the Cowboys covet especially since 2011 sensation Laurent Robinson signed with the Jaguars back in March.
Dallas could really use a wide receiver with starting experience that could substitute for Dez Bryant or Miles Austin in case of injury. The Cowboys hold the 14th overall pick, The 49ers have the 30th pick. Let’s say the Cowboys send Marcus Spears and the 14th overall pick to San Francisco for Michael Crabtree, the 30th pick, and the 49ers 2nd round pick ( 61st overall ).
Now of course, this is only speculation, and my own personal research and opinion. But you must admit, with the Cowboys getting a young veteran nose tackle and sliding Ratliff to defensive end would be an excellent transition. And of course getting a young veteran wide receiver with 40 career starts, this would solve the problem in 3 positions.
And lets just say both of these transactions take place, I want to give a personal mock draft of how the Cowboys could respond on the board :
1st Round ( 30th pick ) Mark Barron, SS Alabama : The Cowboys finally get the safety they have been seeking that can interchange between free and strong safety with Gerald Sensabaugh, something Rob Ryan likes in his defense.
2nd Round ( a )( 45th pick ) Vinny Curry, OLB Marshall : Anthony Spencer was franchised to a one year $8.8 million deal. Now sure the Cowboys could easily resign him to a long term deal, but after 5 up and down seasons, they know what he can do. Curry watches Spencer this season, replaces Spencer in 2013.
2nd Round ( b ) ( 61st pick ) Peter Konz, C Wisconsin : When Offensive Line Coach / Offensive Coordinator Bill Callahan was hired, he made it his top priority to make sure Tony Romo doesn’t have a repeat season like 2011 was ( 39 sacks ). With Tyron Smith moving to Left Tackle, Doug Free moving to Right Tackle, and recently signed Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau given first dibs on the Guard positions, he might as well find a well groomed Center, replacing Phil Costa.
3rd Round ( 81st pick ) Trevin Wade, CB Arizona : Even with the signing of Brandon Carr, and the 5 year extension given to Orlando Scandrick, the Cowboys can never have enough depth at Cornerback. Mike Jenkins will become an unrestricted free agent in 2013, and may not be resigned. Wade would make an excellent selection in the 3rd round.
4th Round ( 113th pick ) Michael Egnew, TE Missouri : Martellus Bennett is now a Giant, and even though Egnew isn’t your everyday blocking machine, He could become a quality tight end in 2 tight end sets, along with Witten, giving the Cowboys some of that Patriot flavor.
5th Round ( 152nd pick ) Ricky ” Tank ” Carder, ILB TCU : Tank Carder did nothing but make plays for the Horned Frogs. He would instantly become a fan favorite playing special teams as he learns to play 3-4 Inside Linebacker from Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, and Dan Connor. The 2012 bigger version of Bill Bates.
6th Round ( 186th pick ) Terrance Ganaway, RB Baylor : Felix Jones will be an unrestricted free agent in 2013. Rookies Phillip Tanner and Demarco Murray showed promise, and Ganaway could provide that goal line, and first down yardage back with his 6′-0″, 240 lb. frame.
7th Round ( 222nd pick ) T.J. Graham, WR/KR North Carolina State : Graham is considered as one of the fastest receivers at the combine with a 4.41 40 time. He will have the opportunity for special teams returning kickoffs and punt returns along with fellow teammate, Dwayne Harris.
Now, of course, everyone will have their own draft board, opinions, etc. But this is just something to consider. And since we are only just a few weeks away from the big showdown, I am only hoping the Cowboys can make some big splashes, and surprises, and finally get this team rolling in the right direction as the 2012 season approaches us.