Cowboys fans are furious after Dan Quinn let Eagles draft Cooper DeJean

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The Dallas Cowboys and Dan Quinn were never supposed to be rivals, but that changed the second Quinn was hired as the Commanders head coach. The rivalry escalated on Friday when Cowboys first-round pick Tyler Guyton revealed Quinn tried to move up to pick No. 29 to steal Guyton from Dallas.

The Cowboys weren't biting, snubbing Quinn and Washington in the process. That didn't dissuade Quinn from wheeling and dealing on day two, though.

After the Commanders took Illinois DT Johnny Newton early in the second round, they decided to move back to net more draft capital. The only problem? They traded with the Eagles, who did what the Eagles do and landed another stud, this time in the form of Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean.

It's always the Eagles, but Quinn is to blame this time around.

Cowboys fans are furious after Dan Quinn let Eagles steal Cooper DeJean

Cowboys fans have every right to be furious with Quinn.

After all, DeJean was the premier name to watch on Friday night. It was absolutely stunning that DeJean wasn't drafted in the first round, as he's the most versatile defensive back in the draft. He projects as an impact safety from day one and will be an elite zone cornerback. DeJean also has an All-Pro ceiling as a punt returner, so he's going to be a thorn in the Cowboys' side for a long time.

In his final season at Iowa (just 10 games), DeJean amassed 41 tackles, five passes defended and two interceptions. As a sophomore in 2022, he produced 56 tackles, eight passes defended and five picks, including three that he took the house for touchdowns.

The frustrations are justified.

It cost the Eagles a haul to trade up for DeJean. They traded both of their second-rounders -- Nos. 50 and 53 -- as well as a fifth-rounder (No. 161) to move up for DeJean. Of course, the price will be forgotten if DeJean lives up to the hype. Philly's war room was seen celebrating during the draft's telecast when the pick was announced, and rightly so. They know they got a stud.

Mind you, this comes after the Eagles took Toledo corner Quinyon Mitchell on day one. They essentially rebuilt their secondary with two picks. This was admittedly a good deal for Quinn and the Commanders, but they helped a rival get significantly better.

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