With all of their targeted players already off the board, the Cowboys chose to move down in this year’s draft. They didn’t reach for a player that they felt was not a good value at 18. Instead they made a trade with the 49ers giving them the 18th overall pick and getting the 49ers pick at 31 and an additional pick in the 3rd round (#74). So much for the dreams of immediately improving the offensive line, defensive line, and safety positions – at least through the draft. They let the 49ers take safety Eric Reid with their pick and then passed on Justin Pugh, Tackle from Syracuse (drafted by the Giants at 19) and Kyle Long, Guard, Oregon (drafted by the Bears at 20) and Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida (drafted by Minnesota at 23). Instead, the Cowboys apparently opted for depth and development now with a late first and middle 2nd round pick (47). They also now have their third round pick at #80 and the 49ers pick at #74.
Stay tuned to see if the Cowboys pick at 31 or trade down even further.