Trading Up in the 2010 Draft Revisited
Contributed by Justin Shoemaker
As the draft approaches an abundance of rumors always occur for the Cowboys. Will they move up or move back? Every analyst loves to talk about Jerry Jones’ inclination to move around on draft day–and they are absolutely correct as we have seen a lot of movement in recent drafts. However, is this the year to maybe gamble and move up for a highly-sought player? We examined the possibility before.
First we must look at the teams drafting ahead of the Cowboys to examine their needs. The teams holding the 23rd pick through the 26th selection, the Packers, Eagles, Ravens, and Cardinals, all have different needs. One common denominator of these teams, however, is the need for young offensive linemen.
The Eagles are known for their love in drafting linemen and that is still a possibility in 2010, particularly with their struggles on the line at the end of last season. There are also reports saying USC OT Charles Brown may not slip passed the Packers. The Ravens’ linemen are younger than most teams but they could be in the market for another tackle should they lose Jared Gaither. Finally, the Cardinals ticket out of the playoffs was due to Kurt Warner looking more to the turf in Louisana than downfield at his targets.
All four of these teams do an excellent job of drafting the best player available. However, with offensive tackles at a premium and the position a possibility for all four teams, it is very unlikely a top-tier guy at the position will drop to the 27th overall selection.
If there is a year to move up and draft “your guy,” this is it. Should Rutgers OT Anthony Davis or Maryland OT Bruce Campbell fall into the 20’s, Dallas should think about packaging picks to go get their guy. There is limited roster space on the roster and, as of now, the Cowboys have pigeon-holed themselves into securing a top-tier offensive tackle and safety.
The difficult part of this move will be finding a team that will move back. With the Packers, Eagles, Ravens, and Cardinals all picking back-to-back, there may not be much room to maneuver. Thus, Dallas might have to jump up to the Pats’ 22nd overall selection. Is that too far to move? It depends on who drops and what sort of grade the organization has placed on that player.
If the Cowboys do stay put at pick #27, expect the selection to be Florida G/C Maurkice Pouncey. With all of the top tackles and free safeties likely off the board, the Cowboys will be in a position to either reach or select the best player available.
Let’s hope they do the latter.