It’s fairly difficult, and honestly quite useless, to speculate about which specific players a team picking closer to the bottom of the first round than to the top might take.
This is especially true in January, before the Senior Bowl, the Combine and individual Pro Days take place.
Frankly, most draft talk in January, while fun, is pretty baseless and will change drastically over the coming months. But, when your team is out of the playoffs, there isn’t much else to go with, and we need to talk football 12 months out of the year!
The Cowboys need another strong draft to continue building their team and improve their depth (that might be the most obvious statement that I’ve ever written). When they go on the clock in May, they should strongly consider trading down and accumulating more picks.
Obviously, it’s difficult to say with too much conviction that trading down is definitively the Cowboys best option, because a player that the Cowboys love, and who fills a need, might fall right into their laps.
However, with several pressing needs (starters at safety and on the defensive line, for beginners) as well as the need for improved depth (especially amongst the linebackers and offensive line), the Cowboys would probably be best served to grab as many picks as they can.
No, it’s not sexy and no, it’s generally not exciting on draft day, but it’s a lot more realistic and reasonable than constantly speculating on a certain quarterback who played his college football in Texas.