4 NFL Draftees that Should Tempt the Dallas Cowboys To Trade Up


Each year Dallas Cowboys fans expect to see owner, Jerry Jones, make a splash in the NFL Draft. Whether the move is good or bad, fans can chalk up the decision to Jerry being Jerry.

Sometimes Jones’ wheeling and dealing pays off. In the 2010 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys moved up three spots to nab troubled but talented wideout, Dez Bryant. Sometimes, Jones will lose the farm with his draft dealings. Remember when the Cowboys gave up their first and second round selection to take Morris Claiborne sixth overall?

Regardless of the past, there are players in the 2015 NFL draft who are talented and will not last to pick 27. Who, in the 2015 NFL Draft, is worthy of trading up for?

Dante Fowler Jr.– Outside Line Backer— Florida

The Cowboys will likely have to move heaven and earth to trade up far enough for Fowler, but word on the street is that it may be worth the trouble. Fowler has been climbing up draft boards and can easily be seen as a top five talent.

The Florida pass rusher dropped an impressive 4.6 40 yard dash. He’s coming off a stellar season for the Gators, accumulating 8.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. At 6-2 261 pounds, he has one of the more NFL ready physiques of any of the defensive end/linebacker hybrids.

What’s best? Fowler means business, and he wants teams to know that. He said about his potential suitors, “”After they meet me, I want them to know that one, I’m a coachable guy, two, that I’m a team player and three, I’m their fit for their team. I want to be that type of guy that can come in and play and turn a team and defense around.”

Alvin “Bud” Dupree– Defensive End– Kentucky

You might be shocked to hear that the Cowboys are in desperate need of pass rushers. Actually, no, that’s not exactly a well kept secret. Dupree may not be a top five or top 10 talent, but don’t bank on him falling all the way to 27.

Dupree put up freaky numbers at the NFL Combine. You’d think these were receiver numbers, but Dupree ran a 4.56 40 yard dash and had a vertical jump of 42 inches.

The pass rusher is second in Kentucky school history with 23.5 total sacks, and he will look to bring that consistent production to Sunday football. However, after a mind-blowing combine, he may be out of reach entirely.

Kevin White– Wide Receiver– West Virginia

Hear me out. Yes, the Cowboys need defense. Sometimes the best teams continue to build positions of strength by drafting the best player available instead of simply filling holes in the depth chart. Tired of seeing Dez Bryant double teamed? Draft someone who also needs attention.

White won the Combine for a strong receiving corps. With a 4.35 40 yard dash and 23 reps at the 225 pound bench press, White possesses the strength and power necessary to succeed at the next level.

An NFC North scout said it best, “KW is a man. He’s playing at a different level than most receivers in the college game. Speed. Size. Ball skills. He’s making it look easy out there. He could help all 32 teams right now.” If White is there in the 20s, the Cowboys would be smart to slap a star on his helmet.

Brandon Scherff– Offensive Tackle– Iowa

Remember what I said about building on a position of strength? If Dallas does not already have the best offensive line in the NFL, a selection of Brandon Scherff would nearly cement their claim to the throne. According to CBS’s Dane Brugler, the Iowa offensive lineman is the most pro-ready at his position.

Need further convincing? Brugler compares the Iowa tackle to Cowboys rookie phenomenon Zack Martin. Brugler says, “Scherff is athletic enough to remain outside at tackle but his build and physicality could be even more effective inside at guard. Regardless of where along the offensive line his NFL teams asks him to play, Scherff boasts the talent and toughness to stand out immediately.”

Scherff has the position flexibility that the Cowboys covet, but slow feet could keep him from playing tackle in the NFL. However, Scherff is a mauler and would transition well to guard if asked. Scherff’s game is about power, and don’t let his mere 23 reps of 225 pounds fool you. There’s a video of the Iowa product doing three reps of 443 pound hang-cleans. Scherff would be a steal if he slips into the 20’s, making him a ripe trade target.