Dallas Cowboys: Trade Dez Bryant for Jadeveon Clowney?

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Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks Jadeveon Clowney looks on after finishing the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

I’m a believer that where there’s smoke there’s fire. There’s simply no other way to get true smoke unless something is burning, period.

Yes, there’s fog and steam. It’s possible to get things confused from time to time, but it’s hard to go wrong on smoke—you can even smell it.

I wouldn’t exactly refer to it as a mushroom cloud, but there’s at least smoke rings floating around that suggest that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may be investigating the possibility of trading up in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft in less than a month. This shouldn’t seem like much of a story given Jones’ draft-day history as owner of America’s Team.

Let’s just say that he’s been there, done that.

But has Jones ever done anything like this?

The Cowboys have the 16th pick in the draft’s opening round at Radio City Music Hall. You have probably heard recent word that Jones is open to the idea of trading upward, yet it’s curious that he would openly express disinterest in the second overall pick in the draft, a selection currently owned by the St. Louis Rams.

On the contrary, Jones has obviously been looking into the possibility of moving up if an elite player can be had.

Huh?

Let me get this straight: Jones is not interested in the second overall selection but he does want to move up if an impact player is available.

How much sense does that make?

Here’s what likely happened: There was at least discussion between Jones and the deep St. Louis front office about what exactly the price is for the second selection of the first round. Even more likely, Jones may have already pitched an interesting idea and this may have leaked a little.

Or maybe Jones and the Rams talked about the 13th pick, also owned by St. Louis.

Seems to me that the chances of landing an elite player in any draft are much higher when reaching for the top five selections, not exactly the 13th pick—not now anyway. I’ll leave it at that.

So, if there was to be a deal between the Cowboys and the Rams for the second pick in the draft, the cost would be significant, at least in terms of draft picks, now and likely in the future. Even in this deep draft and with St. Louis already owning two early first round selections, there would have to be a major exchange of goods in order for the Cowboys to trade up so far.

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