The NFL Draft is less than a week away and Cowboys Nation is still mixed on what Dallas plans to do. Would a QB like Lamar Jackson be an option?
In this draft chat we are discussing the first round and what options could be in play if/when a highly rated player almost inevitably falls.
One player who could fall is Louisville quarterback, Lamar Jackson.
People are expecting as many as five quarterbacks going in the top-15 of the draft on Thursday. Is there a potential for one of those five to fall, and if he does, would the Dallas Cowboys consider him?
When you break down who the 32 best players are in this draft you won’t come up with five quarterback names. So it stands to reason that five quarterbacks won’t be drafted when the Cowboys go on the clock – as long as the teams ahead of them abide by the “best player available” principle.
But we know that principle is easy to preach but nearly impossible to follow in behavior. The NFL values QB more than any other position and it’s not even close. Because of this, teams are willing to reach on a signal-caller if they think that QB has a chance to be a real QB1.
Lamar Jackson is a polarizing individual. Some see him as a receiver and others see him as a QB. Jackson is committed to play QB so any team who would like to use him otherwise will probably pass on him in the draft. If only half of the teams like him as an NFL QB, he has the potential to slip through the cracks on draft day.
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But seeing him fall all the way to 19 would be surprising because that 50% market for him would probably feel compelled to trade up in the draft to get him – should he fall too far.
The Dallas Cowboys have been pretty clear in both words and actions: They are not interested in drafting a QB high in the draft.
They are committed to Dak Prescott and want to build around him for the foreseeable future.
If a QB, like Lamer Jackson, fell all the way to the Cowboys at 19, I’d be shocked if Dallas made a pick – any pick, actually.
That situation would immediately be seen as a seller’s market and return one hell of a bounty if the Cowboys dealt that pick.
Remember, that draft trade chart we so often reference is a guideline that bends quite a bit based on specific situations. A team trading up for their future franchise arm would likely be willing to give up more than the chart reads.
The Dallas Cowboys are in a pretty ideal situation at 19. If five QBs go before that Dallas, we will see top talent fall into their laps. If only four QBs are picked, Dallas can probably flip pick 19 for a boatload of picks down the road.
The main takeaway is this: don’t expect the Cowboys to even consider drafting a QB in the first round. But watch those QBs carefully because if one falls, it could very well dictate what the Cowboys do going forward.