This takes me to April 25th, Draft day, Christmas in April, my high holy day. Dallas holds the 18th pick in the Draft on that day. I would not trade up under any circumstance because we only have six picks after trading away our 7th for Ryan Cook, and receiving no Compensatory picks. So I am either sticking to my pick at 18, or trading down and adding picks to this class.
What would it take for me to trade down? Well, first of all it would mean both of the top two Guards are still on the board, or that the guy we do want at Guard is not going to be scooped up by another team before we pick again. Second, it would not be a lot of spots. I would need the better value on the Trade Chart to be in my pocket for someone to take me out of that spot. If the Rams are calling at 22 and offering their pick #78, I take it. The 18 spot carries a 900 point value. The 22 spot is a 780 point value and the 78 spot is a 200 point value.
At 18 I am going to assume at least one of the Guards is going to be there. The fact of the matter is, both could be. The NFL simply does not go high on Guards. Last year when I was pimping David DeCastro like I was his agent, I kept getting told we could not get him at 14. he ended up going at number 24 to the Steelers, which makes me hate them even more than I do. I have said it before, you have to go clear back to 1982 to find two Guards taken before pick number 18. I believe the ceiling of potential is higher for Chance Warmack of Alabama, but I wouldn’t complain a second about North Carolina’s Jonathon Cooper at that spot.
For the purpose of this exercise because Chance Warmack is ranked so high on CBS’s rankings, and in keeping with my rules, the choice for the Cowboys at 18 is Jonathon Cooper from the Tarheels. He is my day 1 starter at Left Guard. Cooper is a classic fit for Bill Callahan’s blocking schemes. He is big, mobile, and as we learned at the Combines, a lot more powerful than people expected. Playing him next to Tyron Smith solidifies the left side of my O-line, Romo’s blindside as a right handed Quarterback, for the next 10 years. Yes, I know Romo will not play 10 more years but I assume our next QB will be a right hander too.