Earlier this week, ESPNDallas.com writer Calvin Watkins posted a story on the site in which he cited several sources as saying the Dallas Cowboys were not interested in moving up in next month’s NFL Draft. Specifically, trading up to the number two spot currently held by the St. Louis Rams, who appear to be ready and willing to make a deal. Watkins did offer one caveat though.
“However, the sources did say the Cowboys would be willing to make a move up if it were able to obtain an elite player who can fill an immediate hole.”
And Dallas’ biggest team need is arguably defensive end. Mainly due to the loss of Pro Bowler DeMarcus Ware last month. And it just so happens that the best player in the draft, again arguably, is South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. But is he with the price to move up?
First off, there will be some apprehension on the Cowboys part when it comes to the subject of moving up in the draft. The last time they did so was in 2012 to obtain LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. And, ironically, St. Louis was their trade partners in that scenario as well. But that trade hasn’t exactly worked out very well for Dallas, at least so far. Claiborne has regressed in his first two seasons with the Cowboys, even losing his starting role last year to veteran corner Orlando Scandrick.
However, the Cowboys only have to look back to 2010 to see an example of where trading up in the draft actual worked out well for them. The Cowboys traded up three spots in the first round to obtain Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant with the 24th overall selection that year. Bryant is now considered one of the best wideouts in the league.
But trading into the top ten section of the draft is an entirely different prospect due to the sacrifices required. According to draftcoutdown.com’s Trade Value Chart, to move up from the #16 slot, where the Cowboys currently sit, the the #2 selection, Dallas would have to make up the difference of 1,600 points. See the chart below:
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