Will the Dallas Cowboys make any major draft day deals?
By Tyrone Starr
Stuck in a difficult spot, with no day one draft selections, will Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys wheel and deal during the NFL draft?
We are 19 days away from the time when the Dallas Cowboys will be choosing a player in the 2019 NFL Draft. That is, of course, unless they make a trade to get into the first round.
This year, the Cowboys do not have a first round pick, due to the midseason acquisition of receiver Amari Cooper last year. Was that move worth it? The answer is a resounding yes. Maybe the Cowboys bid against themselves and went too high as to give up a first round pick, maybe not.
Here is what we do know.
- Amari Cooper would easily be the number one receiver within this draft class on every team’s draft board.
- Cooper will be just 25 when the 2019 season starts and already has three Pro-Bowl selections, three 1,000+-yard seasons and three seasons with 75 or more receptions.
- His 53 receptions, 725 yards and six touchdowns in nine games last season not only led the team in all three categories, it saved the season from being a total disaster.
So, yeah … he was worth it. Will the Dallas Cowboys somehow find a way to get back in to round one this year? That answer is almost certainly not.
First, there would have to be a player available that the front office would need to consider a must have, game changing type of player. Next, the Cowboys would have to mortgage the entire 2019 draft to make that happen.
Let’s say, hypothetically, someone the Dallas Cowboys coveted greatly was still available in the 22-25 range. The NFL trade value chart says a pick in that range would be worth approximately 720-780 points.
The total amount of points all of the Cowboys picks in 2019 are worth is 567. That means, not only would every pick in 2019 still not get them where they would want to be, but they would have to use future draft capital as well. That’s a hard no.
Does this mean that the Dallas Cowboys will not make any deals? In the words of Bart Simpson, au contraire mon frère. The Cowboys have made at least one draft weekend trade in each of the last four years. These have usually occurred in later rounds, however.
As it stands right now, it is hard to envision a scenario in which Dallas does not pick at spots 58 & 90 on day two of the draft. The most realistic option for any upward movement would be packaging 58 with one of the two fourth round picks but that will only get them a few spots higher in round two. Is it worth it, given the needs on this team for depth? Probably not.
If your only interest in the draft lies with what the Dallas Cowboys do, it’s safe to say you can skip Thursday, April 25th altogether and wait until Friday to pop your popcorn.