2013 NFL Draft: Should Dallas Cowboys Trade Back From 18th Pick?

By Ben Grimaldi
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The other day I asked what would happen if the Dallas Cowboys top three draft targets were gone by the time they were on the clock with the 18th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft? Should the Cowboys look to trade down and acquire more draft picks to fill more needs for the upcoming season?

I realize the trade scenario scares the heck out of many Cowboys fans but just look at how successful the team has been in the draft in the past few years and the idea might not be as bad as it seems. Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, DeMarco Murray, Tyron Smith, Bruce Carter and Morris Claiborne have all been drafted in the past three seasons, so it looks like the Cowboys have been doing a much better job of drafting in the past few years. That list doesn’t include strong role players and guys the team can still develop like Sean Lissemore, Dwayne Harris, Kyle Wilber, Matt Johnson and Danny Coale.

So the Cowboys have shown a propensity for drafting smarter in the past few years and maybe they should be trusted to trade down. Every Cowboys fan knows they aren’t one player away from the Super Bowl so if Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper and Kenny Vaccaro are all gone come pick 18, then I see no reason Dallas shouldn’t trade back if they don’t like their options. NFL scouts aren’t sold on Sheldon Richardson or D.J. Fluker the way they are with the Cowboys top choices, so what’s the harm in gaining picks and trading back?

By trading back the Cowboys obviously risk missing out on a player they might want to draft, just at a later time. However, if they liked that player so much in the first place it would stand to reason they would have picked him at 18 right? I may be in the minority here but I see nothing wrong with the Cowboys trading back if their top targets are gone, especially since the 2013 Draft has more depth than stars in it.

Think about it this way, would you rather see the Cowboys address their needs with four players in the first three rounds or just three players in three rounds? Keep in mind that if their top draft options are gone, the level of the rest of the field is essentially the same, so it appears the Cowboys won’t lose much by trading back. It also means the Cowboys would have an extra pick or two to try and fill their needs.

After three solid drafts in a row, I think it’s time to stop being scared of how the Dallas Cowboys will draft. If their top three targets are gone I would have no problem with the Cowboys trading down, and you shouldn’t either.

Ben is a writer for the Cowboys on Rantsports.com and you can chat with or follow him on twitter @BenGrimaldi



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