2013 NFL Mock Draft: Dallas Cowboys Will Attempt a Trade Back

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“And with the 18th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys trade their pick to…” It’s likely merely imagining Commissioner Roger Goodell utter those words invokes a compulsive gag reflex to which all Cowboy fans are far too accustomed. “What is Jerry Jones doing?” we ask. “He pulls this every year!” we proclaim. Well, I’m here to tell you – Get ready for it.

The top needs on the Dallas Cowboys are Offensive Line, Safety, and Defensive Line (in that order). All three of those groups are fairly deep in the top 100 players of this year’s draft. If the Cowboys play their cards right they could get 3 starters out of this year’s crop. So if the draft is so deep, why would they trade back?

Because it’s possible the players worthy of a mid-first round pick will be gone by pick #18. And of course it’s Jerry Jones and he loves doing stuff like this.

Top offensive linemen like OT’s Joekel, Fisher, and Johnson will be long gone. DT’s Floyd, Lotulelei and Richardson will probably be gone too. Some are projecting top pass rushers like Werner or Mingo may drop, but pass-rushers always go early so what really are the chances of that happening? Despite the local love, Vaccaro has mixed reviews and may not be the best match at safety for Monte Kiffin’s defense (especially since Kiffin said here , he’s playing a ton of Single High Safety instead of just Cover 2). It’s perfectly reasonable to assume all of these players will be gone by the time #18 gets a turn.

In the middle of the first round the Cowboys will probably be looking at a combination of OT DJ Fluker, OG Chance Warmack and/or OG Jonathan Cooper.

Nov 10, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Jonathan Cooper (64) on the field in the first half at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Watch the film and you will see Fluker struggled enough against speed rushers that he may be too slow for even RT in the NFL. Yes, he’s a big strong road grader, but if he’s not athletic enough, then what good is all of that strength? Warmack is similarly strong and rated by most as the best OG in the draft. But he also has drawbacks. First, Warmack could be picked earlier than #18 (as you see below, I project him to go to by #11). Second, he may not be the best fit for Bill Callahan’s blocking scheme. This leaves Jonathan Copper, the athletic guard from North Carolina. He’s a great fit but even he may be gone. Then what?

The Cowboys devoted a suspicious amount of scouting efforts on players projecting in the 20-40 range. This is an area mostly between the Cowboy’s first and second round picks. Dynamic DT’s Sylvester Williams and Kawann Short are expected to fall in this range. Wisconsin center Fredrick, Kentucky guard Warford will be there too. Ball-hawking safety Eric Reid is even in this gap. Trading back from #18, the Cowboys could theoretically acquire 1 or 2 extra picks in the top 100. If used correctly they could net 4 to 5 starters from the top of this draft. It may not be the smart move, but you can bet Jerry Jones is at Valley Ranch scheming a way for extra picks. If Cooper is gone at #18 too– He may just have to.

NOTE: Like most Mock Drafts this does not project actual trades. While I only have one QB going in the first round here, I fully expect 2 teams to trade into the back half of the round looking for signal callers.

 1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M: With Alex Smith signed KC is no longer tempted to reach for Geno Smith. Alex Smith is one of the worst rated QB’s in the league when under pressure. Luke will provide an upgrade over Branden Albert on the left side.

Other Possibilities: OT Fisher, DT Floyd

 2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dion Jordan, Outside Linebacker, Oregon: Star Lotulelei’s unknown heart condition really impacts Gus Bradley’s first draft with the Jags. Luckily workout warrior, Dion Jordon, fits the all-important LEO position wonderfully and will be an excellent second choice.

Other Possibilities: DT Floyd, DT Lotulelei

3. Oakland Raiders – Sharif Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida: Perhaps no one has benefited more in the offseason than Sharif. He is a big-time talent who will provide youth and skill to the recently depleted Raiders defense.

Other Possibilities: DE Jordan, DT Lotulelei

4. Philadelphia Eagles – Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia: Possibly the most difficult team to mock, Philadelphia has many needs but none of them are glaring enough to make the selection obvious. The safe pick for Philly is to go with OT Fisher but I believe Philly really does like Geno and is trying to keep their interest on the down-low so they can trade back to a team like Detroit, San Deigo, Arizona, or Miami who are all looking for a LT. Philly could trade down with anyone of them, acquire extra pick(s), and still get Geno.

Other Possibilities: OT Fisher, CB Milliner

5. Detroit Lions – Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan: With the signing of Chris Houston the need for a CB like Dee Milliner has diminished. The Lions have needs at OT more than anything and if Philly passes on Fisher Detroit will not think twice to draft him.

Other Possibilities: DE Ansah, CB Milliner

6.  Cleveland Browns – Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama: Cleveland has two major needs: an outside pass-rusher to pair with Paul Kruger and CB to anchor the secondary. Pass rushers like Mingo and Werner will be tempting but with Milliner still on the board Cleveland will have no choice.

Other Possibilities: DE Werner, DE Mingo

  7. Arizona Cardinals – Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma: Carson Palmer kept Arizona from doing something stupid like draft a QB waaaay too early. Instead the Cards can address a real need at OT. Much to the dismay of San Diego (which in German means “a whale’s ….”err…nevermind).

Other Possibilities: OG Chance Warmack, DE Ansah

8.  Buffalo Bills – Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU: If Philly takes QB Geno Smith the Bills will look to the pass-rush. Many pass rushers are available so look for many possible trades between picks 5-10. QB and O-line also need to be addressed so it’s possible Buffalo may trade back and then back up to maximize picks in the top rounds.

Other Possibilities: QB Smith, DE Mingo

9. New York Jets – Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia: Physical and character issues can only allow a pass rusher to drop so far. The Jets will begin the rebuild with high risk/high reward player like Jones.

Other Possibilities: DT Lotulelei, DE Ansah, S Vaccaro

10.  Tennessee Titans –Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah: Chance Warmack will be tempting but Star Lotulelei will be too good to pass up. It has been reported that Star has been cleared of previous health concerns regarding the combine-reported heart condition. Only the individual teams know the specifics so Star could really fall farther depending on what specific team doctors feel. It’s worth noting, talent alone places Star in the top 3 of this draft.

Other Possibilities: OG Warmack, OG Cooper

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  • Gimmeabreak

    Breaking news.. Jerry Jones just traded the Cowboys first round pick in the 2013 and 2014 to the Carolina Panthers for WR Ted Ginn Jr. “He’s got game breaking spped and abilities that will help our offense,” said Jones.

    • http://www.facebook.com/elliot.lopez.7 Elliot Lopez

      As a Raider fan I feel your pain. Make no mistake about it: I love and miss Al Davis (RIP) dearly but most of the moves he made the past 10 years were nothing short of lunacy.

  • DrRick65041

    I’d love to see the Eagles trade with Detroit, pick up an extra pick or two and still be able to get Lane Johnson with the 5th pick.

    • Scott

      I love fans.. Are you serious 2 extra picks to move back 1 position in the draft. Get real.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jac.montmayor Jac Montmayor

        u might get an extra unrestricted free agent pick for that move (tongue in cheek) LoL

  • sugerboogar

    Really? As long a Romo is the QB and Jerry Jones continues to act like a General manager that knows what he is doing(he does NOT) the chances of the Cowboys putting together a Super Bowl team are slim to none.

    • Steve

      For the love of GOD…I wish people would stop blaming Romo…the ignorance and need to be trendily hating is atrocious. It boggles my mind. Romo is NOT THE PROBLEM. Stop being a ignorant jackwipe and learn about how football works.

    • grkorbel

      And as long as fans like you presume yourself to know more than Hall of Fame quarterbacks like Aikman, Staubach, and Brett Favre who know Romo has what it takes to win a Super Bowl with better players around him, you’re just going to be another miserable Dallas fan who can’t sleep for a week after a Dallas loss,

  • http://www.facebook.com/billy.j.hobart Billy Joe Hobart

    It’s Sharrif Floyd, not “Sheriff”. Nice Reporting.

  • Max

    Road “grater”???

  • LSUfan

    Reid is extremely smart (despite attending LSU) Really? Completely a very poor choice of words.

  • Ag81

    Hey Reid, learn to spell. How do you people get these jobs? It is road grader and the guy’s name is Sharrif Floyd. These mistakes diminish the quality and credibility of the reporting.

  • james clay

    Fluker is a big, strong, road grater? Did you mean road grader?

  • Sabin1

    Hanson, are all former LSU players as stupid as you? Keep your biased opinions to yourself. Don’t argue with a fool for onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. (Mark Twain)

  • http://twitter.com/OldFrog75 Old Frog

    This assumes JJ will prove to be a better evaluator of talent than he has in the past. I’d rather he trade up and get a player the fans want rather than get cute.

    • grkorbel

      If you’re a Dallas fan and have been paying attention you can see Jerry has been handing more and more power to Stephen Jones. At the same time if you know anything about how Dallas recruits–or any other team–you’ll realize that before draft day, Jerry sits down with Garrett, other coaches, scouts, and Stephen and reach a CONCENSUS on who they will pick before they are on the clock. The idea that Jerry “evaluates” the talent and pulls the trigger autonomously doesn’t pass the laugh test.

  • ‘mericas_team2013

    Brian Warford of Kentucky, I wonder if hes any relation to LARRY Warford, also a guard at Kentucky

  • grkorbel

    And, of course, all the pundits saw the trade down to pick Claiborne last year coming. What this guy doesn’t get is that bringing in players “projected” to be at a certain spot is meaningless. Juust because the amateur pundits think a guy should
    go at 20 doesn’t mean he won’t slide to 30 or be taken at 15.

  • Habfab

    Hey Dallas, With JJ at the helm, 7-9 That would be fine…
    8-8 That would be great..

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