Dallas Cowboys Rumors: Would Cowboys Consider Trading Up in 2013 NFL Draft?

By Ben Grimaldi
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The 2013 NFL Draft is a little over a week away and that means the rumors are flying over what team will draft which player. Of course, no one knows what’s going to happen in eight days when the draft does kick off so it never hurts to go through every scenario. In the case of the Dallas Cowboys, could the team be considering a trade up?

It has been proposed by more than a few Cowboys fans on websites and it could make sense for the team. The scenario goes like this, top need for the Cowboys is along the offensive line and the top five prospects could possibly be gone by the time it’s Dallas’ turn to pick at 18. If the Cowboys feel they cannot miss on one of the elite line players, Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher, Lane Johnson, Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper, then the Cowboys could make the move up to draft one of them.

In last year’s draft the Cowboys decided to make a move on a falling player in Morris Claiborne, so we know the team has no problem in making a bold move in getting who they want. Jerry Jones has never allowed conventional wisdom to block anything he wants to do so it’s not out of the realm of possibility the Cowboys move up to select one of the top offensive linemen.

With all that being said, I cannot see the Cowboys trading up in this year’s draft and it’s more likely the team trades down if their top choices are all gone. The Cowboys know they have a need for better players at every position on their roster and giving away picks wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do two years in a row. Dallas should either make a pick if a player they like is available or trade back if they see value in doing so, but trading up should not be an option.

The Cowboys could be a little too far back to get one of the top five offensive linemen but the 2013 NFL Draft is filled with talented players so there’s no need to panic if they’ve all been drafted by then. Dallas should not trade up in the draft and it’s highly unlikely they do so.

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

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