Source: Cowboys trying to trade up in second round
According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys are trying to trade up two spots in the second round.
The Dallas Cowboys have several needs to fill, specifically on the defensive side of the ball, after using their first round pick on Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott in the 2016 NFL Draft Thursday night.
Although the Cowboys likely landed the most dynamic and impactful playmaker in the entire draft, the pick didn’t fill a need since the Dallas already have veteran runners Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris, and Lance Dunbar on their depth chart.
The Cowboys do possess the 34th overall pick in the second round, which is the third highest pick on Friday. But according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, that’s not high enough for Dallas.
The fact the Cowboys are reportedly trying to move up two spots says a couple of things. One, there is a player the Cowboys covet that has fallen out of the first round. And two, they do not believe said prospect will last past those first two picks. The Cleveland Browns and the Tennessee Titans are the owners of those selections ahead Dallas respectively.
So now, the speculation is for which prospect are the Cowboys trying to trade up for? Logic would say it’s for a quarterback. Although Rapoport states it’s likely for a pass rusher, there are a plethora to choose from at this point in the draft. Those names include Jonathan Bullard, Noah Spence, Emmanuel Ogbah and Kevin Dodd. Unless they really love a specific one, why not just wait a couple picks to grab one?
That same logic goes for cornerback, linebacker, and defensive tackle. There are many to choose from. I would think UCLA linebacker Myles Jack makes sense trading up for here, but according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News the Cowboys simply aren’t interested in Jack this high due to his knee condition.
For me, all signs point to Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, who recently told the Dan Patrick Show that the Cowboys were one of a handful of teams he felt really liked him. The attempt to trade up for Cook would make sense since Dallas failed to do the same for Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch on Thursday night. Factor in the Browns need at the quarterback position, and the Cowboys could be looking to move up for a gunslinger to groom behind Tony Romo.
The bottom line is the Cowboys covet a player they don’t believe will last two selections into Day Two of the draft. And they are trying to make a move to go get him.
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