Well folks, the draft is finally upon us! Thanks to the foolishness of the NFL in moving the Draft back to May, we have had some extra time to soak up the millions of worthless mock-drafts and analysis. All of the anticipation and wondering has come to an end as all 32 teams prepare to be infused with some youth as well as some hope. So what can we expect from the Cowboys?
1) One thing is for sure, you can expect some wheeling and dealing from Jerry and Co. I’m not sure if there is a team out there that moves around as much as Dallas does. When It comes to the 16th pick and the Cowboys are on the clock, I fully expect them to trade down. That is of course, if a player that other teams covet begins to slide. Aaron Donald will be gone, Anthony Barr should be gone. To me, Dee Ford, Kony Ealy, Calvin Pryor, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would be a reach at 16. Ford and Ealy are overrated. If the Cowboys stay put at 16, then one of the Safeties is a better value pick. That will not happen, the Cowboys WILL trade down.
2) Two of the first three picks will be for offensive players. That’s right, everybody remembers this brutal Defense from a year ago. Do not forget that this Offense lost a few games all on its own. Depending on where Dallas ends up picking in the first round – if at all - I could see them taking an OT such as Zach Martin or Cyrus Kouandjio. Doug Free is done after this year, if not before and the Cowboys can not ignore the Offensive Line in this Draft. I would be happy with a starting-caliber OT in one of the first two rounds. I believe that Dallas will also take a WR within the first three rounds. They have no depth and if something were to happen to Dez or Terrance Williams, they would be in big-time trouble. This is a deep WR class so they could get a difference maker in the third round.
With this possibly being Jason Garrett’s final season, it will be interesting to see if the Cowboys do something desperate like trade up to try to get Aaron Donald. Dallas would be better served to wait it out and get a starter on the D-line in the second round, there will be tons to choose from and there will be more value there. This team can not afford to give up picks, in a deep draft they should try to accumulate some extra picks. If you ask me, that is exactly what they will do.