Many Interesting Scenarios to Watch For As Draft Nears

Draft weekend is finally here. The day(s) that die-hard fans like myself liken to Christmas morning. Cowboys fans have come to expect the unexpected from Jerry Jones on draft day. His uncanny ability to wheel and deal on the clock is loved by some, and hated by others. Let’s go through some scenarios that could unfold over the next three days.

1. The Cowboys stand pat in the first round and draft the best player on their board. That means that players like Jared Odrick, Maurkice Pouncey, Taylor Mays, Devin McCourty, or Sean Weatherspoon could be Dallas Cowboys by the end of tonight. The reality of the matter is that the Cowboys have very little need at any single position this year and that will enable them to take the best player available should they choose to stay at #27.

Players to watch for in this scenario:

  • Jared Odrick – Defensive End, Penn State
  • Maurkice Pouncey – Guard/Center, Florida
  • Taylor Mays – Safety, USC
  • Devin McCourty – Cornerback, Rutgers
  • Sean Weatherspoon – Linebacker, Missouri

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2. A player the Cowboys like drops considerably in the first round and they trade up to get him. I would not expect Jerry to move up a great deal in the first round since the Cowboys do not have many picks to give away in this draft. With that being said, if a player like Earl Thomas, Dez Bryant, or Mike Iupati were to slide into the late teens or early twenties, it would not be surprising to see Jerry trade up to get them.

Players to watch for in this scenario:

  • Earl Thomas – Safety, Texas
  • Dez Bryant – Receiver, Oklahoma State
  • Mike Iupati – Guard, Idaho

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3. The Cowboys do not see anyone they like in the first round and trade out of the first to stockpile some picks. I would think Jerry would demand another second round pick and possibly even a fifth (Dallas does not own a fifth rounder this year) to move out of the first round. The early second round is a spot where the Cowboys would likely draft someone like Sean Lee, who they are very high on. I could see them using their original second rounder on someone like Nate Allen or Morgan Burnett if they are still on the board. Personally I do not see the Cowboys trading down much this year because of the high number of picks they had last year. When you start to stockpile mountains of picks, keeping those players on the roster starts to become an issue.

Players to watch for in this scenario:

  • Sean Lee – Linebacker, Penn State
  • Nate Allen – Safety, South Florida
  • Morgan Burnett – Safety, Georgia Tech
  • Arrelious Benn – Receiver, Illinois

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4. Dallas trades away current players for draft picks. Remember that the Bengals reportedly offered a second round pick for Martellus Bennett before the trade deadline last season. Many mock drafts have Cincinnati drafting Jermaine Gresham with their first round pick, so it is not a far stretch to think that they may offer Dallas a second rounder again for Bennett. Another player who could be on the block is Marcus Spears, who likely will only warrant a fourth or fifth round pick. Some “experts” say that Marion Barber should be on the trade block, but I just cannot see the Cowboys dealing him.

Players to watch in this scenario:

  • Martellus Bennett
  • Marcus Spears

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5. Dallas trades a draft pick for a player currently on an NFL roster. There are a handful of NFL players who could find new homes on draft day, and it would not be a far stretch to think that Jerry may pull the trigger on a current player if the price is right. There have been reports that Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither is on the block, and I think the Cowboys may be interested in him if the asking price was a second round pick. Recent reports have also surfaced about New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Jammal Brown being potential trade bait in this year’s draft. I could also see the Cowboys being interested in him for a price similar to Jared Gaither’s. Brown is also from nearby Waxahachie, Texas, so he has personal ties to the Dallas area.

Players to watch in this scenario:

  • Jared Gaither – Offensive Tackle, Baltimore Ravens
  • Jammal Brown – Offensive Tackle, New Orleans Saints

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