For the third year in a row, the Dallas Cowboys are stuck in nowhere land. Almost every NFL team has 12-17 first-round grades. Last season, it was reported that the Cowboys didn’t have any first-round grades on the players that were available. That said, the Cowboys would go on to trade back and take their next best player available in Travis Frederick. The move turned out to be a good one as they got Frederick and Terrance Williams in return.
If Dallas stays at sixteen, they should go with the best player available theory. There are a number of players that could be available that will fill holes for the Cowboys. Aaron Donald, Kony Ealy, Calvin Pryor, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix have become the popular picks in mock drafts. These players would all fit holes on this defense. Don’t count out players like Mike Evans, Zack Martin, or even C.J. Mosley at sixteen either.
Donald and Ealy, in particular, have both been linked to Dallas in the past. Even after the signing of Henry Melton, Donald is still a target. After cutting DeMarcus Ware, the Cowboys need a defensive end, and Ealy seems to be a good option. He is extremely raw, but he could be a good player with some coaching from defensive line guru Rod Marinelli.
If Dallas trades back, there should be one player on their mind. This player is flying under-the-radar. He has the combination of speed, athleticism, and scheme versatility. That player is Scott Crichton. The Oregon State product is one of my draft crushes, and he makes a lot of sense to Dallas at the end of the first round. By trading back for Crichton, the Cowboys get a quality player and they get some extra middle-round picks too.