In this 7-round mock draft scenario, initially things unfold poorly for the Dallas Cowboys so they opt to trade back to accumulate more top-100 picks.
If you’ve been over to The Draft Network to run through some mock draft scenarios, you’ve probably discovered a couple things: 1) Anything can happen and 2) It’s extremely likely all of the Dallas Cowboys favorite targets are gone before they go on the clock at 17.
In the weeks since the NFL Combine we’ve seen draft boards start to stabilize. No longer do we see the wide variance of value from draft site to draft site, and because of that, dream scenarios are becoming more rare.
Unfortunately for the Dallas Cowboys, nightmare scenarios aren’t so rare and some of Cowboys Nation’s favorite players may be long gone by the time Dallas is on the clock.
There’s a really good chance players like K’Lavon Chaisson, Javon Kinlaw, C.J. Henderson are all picked in the top-16. There’s also a good chance the top-3 receivers, Jerry Jeudy, Ceedee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs are gone. This doesn’t leave Dallas with many attractive options.
Some in the draft world disparage the cowardly act of trading back in the draft. And it’s understandable. Why willingly settle for lesser players with a higher bust rate when you can just take what the board gives you and draft best player available?
To which I answer, if there are players you expect to be on the board later that you like just as much as the ones available at Pick 17, then why not trade back? You pick who you want AND you get an extra top-100 pick to play with.
So let’s roll.
Dallas is on the clock at Pick 17. They hate the way things have fallen and don’t want to reach so they find a trade partner in Indianapolis and they trade out of the first round completely, netting pick 34 and pick 44 in return.