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Dallas Cowboys Sensibly Open to Trading No. 14 Pick in 2012 NFL Draft

The Dallas Cowboys should consider trading down from No. 14 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft and director of player personnel Stephen Jones said Wednesday that’s a real possibility.

“I don’t think it’s probably in the cards this time that we move up,” Jones said. “But if the right guy is not there for the value, we’ve got to be prepared to move down.’’

As covered here at Rant Sports a little over a month ago, the Cowboys are wise for considering moving down in the draft because there will likely be no game-changers available at No. 14 overall. That’s not to say there are no players that will be worth the pick; guys like LSU’s Michael Brockers and Mississippi State’s Fletcher Cox would be solid choices there, although Cox is highly expected to be gone by then.

Still, Dallas could likely gain some valuable young veterans to fill holes in key spots on the depth chart by trading the pick. Teams like the Cleveland Browns might be willing to let such a player go for a another first-round pick in this year’s draft (they already have two). The opportunity to add three young playmakers would be a Godsend for a team desperate to make a splash and sell some tickets.

Of course, teams like the Browns might not even consider such a thing. The Cowboys will never know until Jones tries, but it’s extremely relieving to know he’s at least open to the idea. Dallas has been known to trade up in recent drafts, but trading down is definitely the better option in 2012.

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