Will the Dallas Cowboys trade up for a wide receiver in round two?
With 10 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys will likely be movers and shakers. Is the second round the sweet spot for them to trade up?
The Dallas Cowboys were one of only four NFL teams to receive the maximum four compensatory picks in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. That gives the Cowboys a whopping 10 selections in annual player selection event which is scheduled to take place in Arlington later this month. But it seems very unlikely America’s Team will end the draft with ten new, shiny rookies.
Instead, many believe the Cowboys will use their newly acquired pick ammunition to move up in the NFL draft. Although many fans would love for Dallas to trade up for a higher selection in the first round, the price tag would likely be too high. Instead, the second round appears to be a more likely scenario for the Cowboys to trade up for a player. More specifically, a wide receiver.
Obviously, if Dallas drafts a wide receiver in the first round, someone like Alabama’s Calvin Ridley or Maryland’s D.J. Moore, the Cowboys would likely not draft another one in back-to-back high rounds. But Dallas could catch a falling star at a different position of need on Day Two instead.
The first round starts on Thursday, April 26th. Once the lengthy first round ends, the draft does not continue until the next day, Friday, for rounds two and three. Once the first round is over, draft boards across the league reset. And suddenly, players who many believed would be gone in the first round are suddenly available in the second. This is a scenario the Cowboys could try to take advantage of.
If Dallas opts to wait to select a wide receiver until Day Two, plenty of big names are predicted to be available. Prospects like SMU’s Courtland Sutton, Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk, Oklahoma State’s James Washington and Memphis’ Anthony Miller.
Unfortunately, the Cowboys own the 50th overall selection in round two. That means there are 17 picks that will be made before Dallas’s number is first called on Day Two. Many of those teams having needs at the receiver position. If the Cowboys covet one of these wide outs in the second round, they’ll likely need to move up to draft him.
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The same goes for several other players the Dallas Cowboys would probably love to add to their roster in 2018. If prospects like UTEP offensive guard Will Hernandez, Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans, Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn, Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan or Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst fall to round two, the Cowboys could try to trade up for their services as well.