Should the Dallas Cowboys trade down?

Oct 12, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones walks out to the field for pre game warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones walks out to the field for pre game warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

With some many tough decisions and a bounty of talented players, could the Dallas Cowboys trade down and still come away happy in the draft?

When it comes to the 2016 NFL Draft, there are few things that fans of the Dallas Cowboys seemingly agree upon.

Most all of us want to come away from this draft with someone capable of pressuring the quarterback.  There is a strong number of fans who want to Dallas to improve their secondary.  Another group want to see quarterback Tony Romo‘s heir apparent be brought in.

So, as you may expect, the names that get bantered about when the topic of the fourth overall selection is discussed is quite varied.

Has Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa peaked already?

Is fourth overall too high for Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner?

If Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey falls to the fourth spot, how do you not take him?

How much might we regret it if we don’t take UCLA do every defender Myles Jack?

What if we don’t take North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz or Cal’s Jared Goff and Romo gets hurt again?

Can you imagine this offense with Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott or Mississippi Laquon Treadwell?

As you can see, this is truly a difficult decision.

Obviously, some of these decisions will be made easier by what the three teams ahead of the Dallas Cowboys choose to do with their selections.

With less than a month left before the draft, there are still very few things that you “know” when it comes to what those teams might do.  It’s fair to assume that the Titans and Chargers are out of the quarterback market so it’s almost a guarantee one of the two top quarterbacks will be there at four.

The Titans and Chargers have already used resources to acquire their running backs of the near future so Elliott is likely to be there also.

All three teams were less than impressive defensively so it would not be a total shock to see Ramsey and Bosa gone before Dallas picks.

With that being said, both the Titans and Chargers need someone to protect their quarterbacks and there is an all-everything left tackle in this draft so it would also not be a total shock of Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil was one of the first three chosen.

If Tennessee does take Tunsil and the Browns address their quarterback need as you might imagine, that would guarantee the Cowboys a top three defender between Ramsey, Jack and the either/or decision between Bosa and Buckner.

But, what if the Cowboys would be absolutely content with anyone of those four guys and had some intel that another team was desperate to land the other quarterback Cleveland didn’t choose?

Should the Dallas Cowboys trade down and acquire more draft picks?

The answer is a definitive yes.

It just so happens there is a perfect team that has just the right amount of assets to make this work.

In a perfect world, in which the San Francisco 49ers cannot stand the thought of seeing another Cal quarterback leave the Bay Area the Cowboys could use San Francisco to get what they want while adding more opportunities to improve this team.

The trade would look something like this.

Dallas trades the fourth overall selection along with their sixth round choice (#189 overall) to the 49ers for the seventh overall pick along with San Francisco’s third round selection (#68 overall) and fifth round selection (#142 overall).

Making this move would still guarantee the Cowboys a premium defensive player even if San Diego, Jacksonville and Baltimore all drafted defensively.

It would also give the Cowboys back to back picks in the third round as they have the 67th overall choice and would add the 49ers pick right behind them.  Dallas would then have four top seventy overall choices.

They would also add a fifth round choice which they currently do not have which means they would have another three picks in rounds four and five.

All just to move down three spots.

So, if you were running the Dallas Cowboys, what would you do if the phone rang on draft night and it had a 415 or 628 area code on the caller id?

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