Should The Cowboys Trade Up For Jadeveon Clowney?

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Oct 12, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; South Carolina Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) runs through a block by Arkansas Razorback offensive tackle David Hurd (69) during the first half of a game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. South Carolina defeated Arkansas 52-7. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week, 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’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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  • Jimmbo94


  • Old Frog

    Too expensive. Operating in the “Remember the Alamo” state shouldn’t be much of a stretch to “Remember Jordan”, or “Remember Claiborne”.

  • David


  • Erik Lambert

    No. Then again I wouldn’t put it past Jerry Jones.

  • BaMBaM

    NO!!! Stop with this Fantasy Football CRAP!

    • Chad

      Is it really much of a “fantasy” with Jerry at the helm and our defense the way it was last year?

      • BaMBaM

        Yes because he doesn’t fix are defence. Also he is over hyped and overrated.

  • SmartThinking

    I have to wonder where all this speculative prose is coming from? Is there someone actually connected with the Dallas franchise making all these declarative statements? Or, as I surmise, it’s one sports writer posing a question and all the other sports writers piling on.


    The draft is a month away and, so far as I’ve heard, nobody other than big Jones and little Jones have made any statements as to what they’re contemplating. And those guy are all over the place. At least enough so that no one I place any faith in can make a true assessment as to what they have up their collective sleeves.

  • Kevin Hoffmann

    The problem is that if Clowney’s on the board, the 16th pick, 2nd rounder and 1st rounder next year might not be enough.
    With the quality of this year’s draft, Rams would be more likely to take #6 and 2nd rounder from Falcons.
    Moving into/out of top 7 will be expensive due to drop-off after Mack/Clowney/Watkins/Matthews/Robinson

  • Guy Smith

    The Cowboys need a DT, Pass rushing DEnd, a Safety, Off Guard and another receiver..That being said, why give up some of your picks this year and probably one next year to get One player who isnt as sure a thing as some are saying..JJ also has to hire someone better to run things in Dallas.

  • PaulTX

    Maybe if it was Andrew Luck.

  • BradAustin

    Not unless we want to stay 8-8 or worse with no way to improve over the next few years. A Pro Bowl DE with a hole ridden team didn’t help us make the playoffs consistently in Ware’s prime. Surely wouldn’t help without addressing the many other holes we have now. I’d rather have 3 good starters over 1 great one any day. This draft is loaded…a solid scouting department can surely acquire 3 new starters in first 3 rounds.

  • Ed

    You missed the obvious point here…that Clowney will likely be taken with the first pick in the draft by the Texans and therefore moving up to #2 would be foolish. There’s a little less than a month of speculation left, but don’t get caught up in the drama and excitement of all the many possibilities. I’ll go out on a limb and bet $1 that the Cowboys trade down.