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Cowboys 2014 NFL Draft: Six Prospects Worth Trading Up For

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Jan 20, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones with head coach Jason Garrett seen in the stands of the North squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys possess the 16th overall pick in the first round of next month’s NFL Draft. And at that position, Dallas is poised to get a quality player to help their team. But with the Cowboys showcasing the worst defense in the NFL last season, combined with the losses of All-Pro players like defensive end DeMarcus Ware and defensive tackles Jason Hatcher and Jay Ratliff, Dallas needs more than a quality player. They need players that can make an immediate impact on their team. They need starters. Dallas can not afford to have too many “misses” in this year’s draft.

Although getting a starting player at #16 is expected, I believe their are six high-impact players worth trading up for in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. About right now you are asking: should the Cowboys even trade up? Most fans agree they should do the opposite and trade down for more picks. It makes sense considering this draft is perceived to be one of the most talented in years.

But let’s just say one of these six players drops out of the top ten. Would you trade up 1-5 spots to get any one of them?

Let’s start with a no-brainer pick.

Oct 12, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; South Carolina Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) runs through the line during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. South Carolina defeated Arkansas 52-7. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive End – South Carolina

Clowney will not drop out of the top ten. Chances are the defensive end out of South Carolina will be long gone by even the third overall pick. Still, the Cowboys biggest need is at defensive end. And Clowney is the undisputed top player at that position, no question. Everyone agrees. If Dallas was somehow able to trade up and replace the departed DeMarcus Ware with Clowney, the league’s worst defense just got a near-guarantee that they wouldn’t return to that terrible status in 2014. The only question then would be the cost. The key would be the Cowboys front office being able to get into the top five without sacrificing too much of their future in the process. But talk about a game-changing move.

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