With the defensive end position becoming so important in the NFL, trading up for one of the best prospects at that position is very intriguing. With needs at basically every level of the defense, many will laugh at the idea of moving up for Clowney. At least a first and second rounder would be needed for the Cowboys to select the defensive end. Clowney has been tabbed as a once-in-a-lifetime type of player. He may have looked lazy and out of shape at times in the 2013 season, but he knew that he was going to go on to be drafted in the top 10 anyway.
At 6’6″, 275 pounds, Clowney already has an elite frame to become a stud pass rusher. But when you add that with his sub-4.4 speed, it is easy to see why Clowney is so hyped up. In 2012, Clowney was on a tear. He was easily the best pass rusher in the nation, as he dominated blindside Tackles.
The Cowboys have history with the St. Louis Rams and draft trades. Think back to the 2012 NFL Draft when the Cowboys traded their first and second round picks to move up eight spots to select Morris Claiborne out of LSU. Looking back, the Cowboys were burned from that trade. Claiborne hasn’t lived up to his potential, and the Cowboys didn’t have a second round pick that year. Because of that trade, many will not be inclined by the idea of a trade similar to the one in 2012.
Even though the trade may scare some people away, the fact of the matter is that the Cowboys need a player who can get after the quarterback. After relying on DeMarcus Ware in the 3-4 for so many years, his body has broken down. Ware is not the same player that he once was.
In fact, Ware could even be cut in the next few weeks. With Anthony Spencer and Jason Hatcher on their way out of town, there is plenty of reason to be skeptical for the future of this defense. In the 4-3 scheme, the secondary is only as good as the pass rush. The Cowboys have the playmakers in the secondary with Brandon Carr, Orlando Scandrick, and Barry Church, but they lack the players in the trenches who can get after the quarterback.
The Cowboys have a need at the safety position opposite of Barry Church. But there are options in the later rounds that could make an impact on this team. Guys like Terrence Brooks and Marqueston Huff could be playmakers if given the opportunity. But, the Cowboys would be much better off selecting a defensive linemen in the first round. The question remains, is there a better option in this draft than Clowney? I say no.
I’m not saying this trade is going to happen. But if Jerry Jones falls in love with Clowney, it won’t be surprising to see the ex-Gamecock a Cowboy in September. While the trade sounds a bit crazy, trading up for Clowney is worth it. The guy is simply a monster off the end. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do some crazy things at the NFL Combine. With the ability to be stronger than offensive guards and faster than running backs, Clowney is a freak prospect. Trading up for Clowney is extremely enticing.