As you may have heard, the Dallas Cowboys will select with the 18th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, which kicks off on Thursday April 25th.
Earlier in the offseason, general thought had the Cowboys spending this pick on an offensive lineman--probably an interior offensive lineman--the most pressing need on the roster. But since then, the stock of the top tier linemen in the draft has seemingly gone up, meaning that (a) They’ll almost certainly be off the board by 18 and (b) Dallas might be wise to hold off on selecting a lineman until the second round.
Considering this, the sexy pick for Dallas in mock drafts has become the University of Texas’s Kenny Vaccaro, a safety (the team’s No. 2 most pressing need). But there’s a fair chance that, he, too, could be off the board by 18.
So would Dallas be better off trading down?
At the very least, there’s a case to be made for the idea.
A handful of downright awful drafts has left Dallas with a roster riddled with holes, and they only have six picks in 2013. Aside from offensive line and safety, the Cowboys have needs at backup running back for the hitherto injury prone DeMarco Murray, a third tight end to play alongside Jason Witten and James Hanna and defensive line help.
Of course, the Cowboys wouldn’t have any guarantee that trading down for more picks would ultimately make it a better draft. But they’d at least be giving themselves a chance at plugging more of these holes (albeit with less touted prospects) over the span of a weekend.
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