Should The Cowboys Trade Up For Jadeveon Clowney?

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Oct 26, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers running back Marcus Murphy (6) runs in for a touchdown as South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) attempts the tackle during the first half at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The most logical combination of exchanged picks would be: Dallas gets St. Louis’ second pick overall in this year’s draft. St. Louis gets Dallas’ sixteenth overall pick and their second round pick (47th) in 2014. Plus they’d get the Cowboys 2015 first round pick. That’s a hefty price to pay just to move up 14 spots.

But depending on how desperate the Rams are to move out of that top spot, the Cowboys could get up there for less. Last year, the Miami Dolphins moved up from #12 to #3, and it only cost them their second round pick.  Back in 2012, it only cost Dallas their second round pick to move up from #14 to #6, again with the Rams. So, there is a history of good value in previous situations.

But now, let’s get back to the important question: Is Clowney worth it? Many experts seem to think so. And that includes ESPN NFL Draft Guru Mel Kiper Jr., who featured the young defensive end at the top of his Big Board. Here’s what Kiper has to say about his top player in this draft:

“Clowney’s outstanding workouts at the NFL combine — the 4.53 40 and a ridiculous 1.56 10-yard split time — did nothing to hurt his stock, and now it’ll just come down to how he handles interviews and answers teams’ questions about his work ethic. As a player, he’s special. He isn’t just a speed rusher looking to beat a tackle upfield and quickly turn the corner. He has strength as well, and as a speed-to-power rusher who can drive a tackle back, Clowney can be great. He’ll go through you, and he can succeed in any scheme. Team needs will factor into where he lands in the draft.”

And there appears to be a pretty big gap between Clowney and the rest of the defensive end group. Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy, whose name has been linked to the Cowboys top pick recently, is considered by many to be the second best defensive end prospect behind Clowney. Kiper has him going in the third round!

But remember, there is no such thing as a sure thing in the NFL Draft. Just look back to last year’s draft class. The top defensive end selected in 2013 was Oregon’s Dion Jordan. Now, the Dolphins are allegedly shopping Jordan, who was the third overall pick. In his rookie season, Jordan recorded 26 tackles and two sacks despite playing in all 16 games.

If the Cowboys traded up for Clowney, and he performed like Jordan did last year, than I’d expect him to be run out of town too. But many argue Clowney is in a class of his own. Despite his rare combination of physical attributes, it’s his work ethic and effort that is the only question marks swirling about him. With a defensive coach like Rod Marinelli, you’d expect that to be a non-issue in Dallas. Still, Jadeveon’s production dropped from 2012 to last year (From 13.0 sacks to 3.0). Whether that was a product of opposing teams scheming for him or a lack of discipline and a sense of entitlement on his part, no one really knows.

But does Clowney’s freakish upside outweigh the cost of moving up in the draft? If the Cowboys want the top defensive end in the draft in order to replace DeMarcus Ware’s past production immediately, then the answer seems to be a resounding “yes”. Every other defensive end prospect seems like a project in comparison to Jadeveon.

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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.