2013 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Trade Pick No.18 to San Francisco 49ers

By Jesus Flores
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Entering the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys had needs along the offensive and defensive lines, and in the secondary.

After a disappointing 8-8 season, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones decided that it was time to make some uncomfortable changes regarding his team. The biggest change was getting rid of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and replacing him with Monte Kiffin the father of the Tampa Cover 2 defense.

The changes on defense opened up a whole new set of needs, particularly along the defensive front. The thought had been all along that the Cowboys would try to solidify the offensive line, but that wasn’t the case on Draft night after potential picks Chance Warmack, and Jonathan Cooper went very early.

It doesn’t mean the Cowboys won’t address the offensive line, it just means that they might do it later in the draft. Instead, the Cowboys traded down in the first round with the San Francisco 49ers, resulting in the 49ers getting the No.18 pick and the Cowboys receiving picks No. 31 and No.74.

Shariff Floyd, arguably the best defensive tackles in the Draft was available, and I honestly thought the Cowboys would go ahead and select him to address the holes on the defensive line. I can’t say that the trade comes as a surprise as it had been rumored that the Cowboys were looking to add more picks, but is it worth forfeiting a sure-fire prospect to add depleted talent later in the draft?

If you ask me, I take the sure-fire defensive lineman and help my new defensive coordinator put the best product on the field.

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com Follow him on Twitter @SSgtFlo1

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