Dallas Cowboys Draft: Players Worth a Trade Up
We have previously discussed some of the pros and cons of trading up in the NFL draft. Overall, the NFL’s Trade Value Chart is weighted so much toward higher picks that trading up is generally a poor idea.
For example, the Cowboys 27th pick has a value of 680 points. The 16th overall pick, belonging to the Titans, is worth 1,000 points. For Dallas to move up those 11 spots, they would have to yield their first and second-rounders.
There are situations when paying that hefty price is worth the risk. For the Cowboys, 2010 may just be the time to make a move for a stud, perhaps a dominant left tackle. There are an extremely limited number of roster spots available on the team, meaning Dallas would be well-suited to emphasize quality over quantity this year.
A trade up is only smart, of course, if a player of great value drops unusually far. For which players might the Cowboys consider making a move up? Our list is below.
Note: These are players that would hold great value for Dallas is they drop near or into the 20’s. Obvious selections who have no realistic chance of dropping that far, such as Tennessee safety Eric Berry, are not provided.
- Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Bulaga is a stud left tackle who is projected to go in the top five of some mock drafts. With all of the top-tier tackles (Russell Okung, Trent Williams, Bruce Campbell, Anthony Davis), though, there is a decent chance that an impact left tackle like Bulaga drops further than expected.
Like Bulaga, Williams is a potential top five selection. There have even been recent reports that the Lions could be interested in selecting him with the second overall pick. If Williams makes it out of the top 10, however, he could slide passed teams selecting in the teens that have more glaring needs or value a different offensive tackle more.
Williams is the sort of player for which Dallas might even consider moving up higher than the 20th pick.
McClain is a stud linebacker who probably has the best shot of any of these players to drop. He has the potential to be an every-down linebacker for Dallas, eventually replacing Keith Brooking to create a formidable duo inside with Bradie James.
If the Cowboys value a second round prospect such as Florida LB Brandon Spikes, they may bypass a trade up for McClain to obtain better value later.
Yup! Noticeably absent from our list are Texas safety Earl Thomas, Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, and Idaho guard Mike Iupati. We feel each of those players has a realistic chance (although not probable) to drop to pick #27.
Bulaga, Williams, and McClain, however, have no true opportunity to fall to the Cowboys’ selection, and thus, assuming they are very high on Dallas’ draft board, a move up might make sense.