Although trades for picks during the NFL Draft are not uncommon, trades involving current players are. Last offseason, only 10 players switched uniforms in exchange for draft picks from late February up until the end of the 2013 NFL Draft. For the Dallas Cowboys, pre-draft or draft day trades of existing players is even more uncommon.
In fact, since 2002, I only found four incidences where the Cowboys made pre-draft trades. And only three of them involved draft selections.
- March, 2003 – The Dallas Cowboys acquired wide receiver Terry Glenn from the Green Bay Packers for a sixth-round pick in the 2004 draft.
- April, 2003 – The Dallas Cowboys acquired running back Aveion Cason from the Detroit Lions for a seventh-round pick in the 2003 draft.
- March, 2004 – The Dallas Cowboys acquired the rights to quarterback Drew Henson from the Houston Texans for a 2005 third-round draft pick.
- February, 2009 – The Dallas Cowboys acquired quarterback Jon Kitna from the Detroit Lions for cornerback Anthony Henry.
But this offseason, there are a number of possible pre-draft and/or draft day trade candidates on the Cowboys current roster. And with next month’s draft sporting the largest underclassman prospect group in NFL history, many teams will be looking to acquire as many extra selections as possible. In the following pages, we’ll go over the Cowboys most likely candidates and the reasons why they may be on Dallas’ trading block.