During the 2013 NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys found willing trade partners in the San Francisco 49ers. In exchange for the 18th overall pick, San Francisco gave Dallas their first round pick at #31 and also a third round pick (74th overall). Although many Cowboys fans thought a second round pick would have been more suitable compensation, the trade worked out well for both teams.
The 49ers ended up selecting safety Eric Reid out of LSU in the first round. Reid ended the season recording 77 total tackles and four interceptions, while also making the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
Dallas used their two traded picks to select center Travis Frederick and wide receiver Terrance Williams. Both players excelled in 2013. Frederick started every game for the Cowboys at center, instantly solidifying a very shaky offensive line. He was also named to the Pro Football Writer’s All-Rookie Team. Williams finished the year with 44 receptions and five touchdowns, essentially clearing a path for him to replace veteran wide out Miles Austin in the starting line-up.
Heading into the 2014 NFL Draft, Dallas will surely be interested in trading down again. Especially considering their various holes on defense and the fact that this draft has a record number of underclassman eligible to be selected. And San Francisco has the leverage with two second round selections this time around.
Dallas is slated to draft in the 16th or 17th slot in the first round this year, depending upon a coin flip with the Baltimore Ravens. Assuming the worst, let’s say the Cowboys get #17. The 49ers first pick in the draft is at #30. Let’s consult the unofficial Trade Value Chart below, as provided by DraftCountdown.com:
According to this chart, the Cowboys first round selection (17th Overall) is worth 950 points. The 49ers first round pick (30th Overall) is worth 620 points. If they exchanged picks, that leaves a difference of 330 points that San Francisco would have to fill to make the trade viable. The 49ers also own two second round picks. According to the above chart they are worth: 54th Overall – 360 points, 59th Overall – 310 points. I think Dallas would be willing to take either pick to make this trade work.
This all makes perfect sense on paper. But the real question will be whether the 49ers value a player high enough to trade up in the draft once again. According to a recent article on 49ers.com, San Francisco has pressing needs in their defensive backfield at corner and offensively at wide receiver. Depending upon how the draft falls, top prospects like wideouts Marqise Lee, Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin and cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert, Jason Verrett are all expected to be available in the first round at the Cowboys pick at #16 or #17, but not predicted to fall to San Francisco at #30. If the 49ers coveted one of these players, they would certainly need to move up to get them.
And I’m 99% sure owner and general manager Jerry Jones and his Dallas front office lackeys are wanting to move back in this draft,as it’s their nature. And it appears San Francisco makes the ideal trading partner once again.