Before I announce the Dallas Cowboys pick, let me float out soemthing that has crossed my mind as a possible move. Let me be clear, this is not a report, or anything I have heard, it is merely a figment of my own creation. Living in the New York area I have kept tabs on the Darrelle Revis situation and trade possibilities. The latest offer was Tampa Bay was willing to trade their first and second round picks in 2014 to the Jets for the star cornerback, but the trade was rejected by the Jets because they want picks in 2013 not 2014. That is where we begin the discussion here. If you read my previous article, you know how I feel about the 2013 class compared to the 2014 class. WIth that thinking in mind, here is my proposal. The Jets trade Revis to Tampa Bay for their first and second round picks in 2014 and the Cowboys trade their first round pick in 2013 (18 overall) to the Jets for either the Jets own pick, or the newly acquired Tampa Bay pick in 2014, which ever the Jets feel like giving up. The Cowboys would also negotiate with Tampa about compensation for making this deal happen. Those talks would begin with the asking price of the Bucs third round pick in 2013, but be negotiated down to a swap of picks or even a fourth round pick outright. The Cowboys would also talk to the Jets about receiving a 2nd round pick in 2013 as compensation for giving up their first round pick, again with a willingness to swap 2nd rounders or take a third outright.
I know this would leave the Cowboys without a first round pick in 2013, but look at the way my mock drat has worked out to this point. all the top offensive linemen are off the board and there are multiple defensive tackles available, so they could afford to wait until round 2 to make a pick and be in great position for 2014. The extra picks gained in rounds 2 and 3 would give the Cowboys flexibility on day 2 of the 2013 Draft.
Having two picks in 2014 will be much better with players like JaDaveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina, Marquise Lee – WR – USC and the quarterbacks I outlined last week at the top of the 2014 class. ALso Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan and Jake Matthews – OT Texas A&M would be better value than they would get with just the 18th pick in this year’s class.
18. Dallas Cowboys – Kawann Short – DT – Purdue (Sylvester Williams – DT – North Carolina)
If the Cowboys hold on and choose to draft in this spot, they could go a couple of different directions. The best value is at defensive tackle. Star Lotulelei is the best prospect on the board, but at the Combine it was discovered he had an irregular heart condition and could not work out for teams. I am not a doctor and his private medical records are sealed, so speculating on his condition is not a comfortable situation. If Lotulelei’s reports are all positive he is a top 10 pick and prior to this condition he was the overall number 1 player on my board. After Lotulelei, the debate on the next best defensive tackle is between Sylvester Williams and Kawann Short. Williams is the better pure prospect with his size and strength, but watching film of Short shows a knowledge and feel for the game that puts him higher than Williams. Short is is in the mold of Houston Texans star JJ Watt in terms of his ability to bat passes down at the line of scrimmage and disrupt passing lanes. With DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer attacking from the outside the Cowboys do not need another pass rushing specialist up front. They also have Jason Hatcher moving to defensive tackle as more of a pass rusher, so a pass disruptor like Short would fit in the new 4 – 3 scheme being explored by new Defensive Coordinator Monty Kiffin.
Other Possibilities: Star Lotulelei – DT – Utah, Sylvester Williams – DT – North Carolina, DJ Fluker – OT – Alabama