Which side of the smokescreen are the Dallas Cowboys on?
By Angel Torres
The Jimmy Johnson era of the Dallas Cowboys showed the team that was far ahead of their peers both on and off the football field. The NFL is a copycat league it is no surprise that everyone else caught up to what the Cowboys were doing.
From creating trade charts to trading away older names for younger cheaper options, the team won Super Bowls because they were ahead of the curve on most matters that were often overlooked.
The New England Patriots pushed those boundaries as far as some believe they can go according to the rulebook but there are still some tricks that teams can pull to try and force another team’s hand.
The Kyle Pitts to Dallas narrative has taken a life of its own with a report coming out that Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is “infatuated” with the Florida tight end. There are even rumors that the Cowboys might be exploring a trade-up into that spot to draft this unicorn.
If Kyle Pitts falls to the team at ten I am in the belief that you have to take him purely because you simply cannot pass up on that kind of talent. I would by no means trade up for him unless it was a need.
Trading up for a supreme talent that you need versus supreme talent that you can live without are two totally different circumstances. I had the Cowboys selecting Pitts with the tenth overall selection in my one and only mock draft but would be perfectly happy taking cornerbacks Patrick Surtain II or Jaycee Horn.
One of the reasons I had Pitts available is because I think five quarterbacks could go in the first nine picks and I hope that this latest smokescreen is the Dallas Cowboys front office creating buzz to try and lure another team to give up the necessary capital to push the player they truly covet down to them.
Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy pulled a fast one on everyone when we all tuned in to last season’s scrimmage only to find out the actual gameplay wouldn’t be broadcasted. I hope that is the case but I have been fooled before.
The morning on the second day of the 2019 draft, it was reported that the Dallas Cowboys might select UCF defensive tackle Trysten Hill if available. That was something I thought would be a smokescreen but it eventually happened.
Last year, before the 2020 NFL Draft, another report leaked that the Dallas Cowboys were prepared to take LSU pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, which could have been true. But the team selected blinking light CeeDee Lamb, the wide receiver out of Oklahoma, instead.
Teams knowing who you are going to draft is terrible business and something I hope the team is using in their favor this year. If not, I only hope the player they are targeting in a move-up turns out to become a cornerstone player.
The Dallas Cowboys are either once again tipping their hand or they are actively using the media to push their agenda. So which side of the smokescreen do you think the Cowboys are on?