5 Potential First-Round Scenarios for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 NFL Draft
Let me start off by saying congratulations to head coach Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks for their dismantling of the Denver Broncos on their way to winning their first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.
In 2013, however, the Cowboys weren’t very good, and honestly, they haven’t been good in a long time. They finished the season 8-8 for the third consecutive time, missed the playoffs again, and had an abundance of injuries from which the team never fully bounced back.
Add to all that, under producing veteran players with huge contracts, a dysfunctional coaching staff, the salary cap hell that they’re in, and a general manager, whom the owner won’t fire because they’re the same person and you’ll begin to see why the Cowboys haven’t been very good since the mid 90s.
It’s been well documented that Jerry Jones is a businessman first. He has been one of the most influential and creative minds in the NFL for a long time, and in doing so he turned his Cowboys into the most valuable franchise in the league. No one can deny Jones’ marketing genius.
Let’s face it, Jones never misses an opportunity to keep the Cowboys in the spotlight, and after three straight 8-8 seasons I think he’s itching to make a splash.
5. Trade Up for Johnny Manziel
The Cowboys need to start thinking about their future at quarterback, and trading up for Manziel would kill two birds with one stone because the Cowboys would get their quarterback for the future and Jones would get a full stadium and a ton of jersey sales.
4. Trade Up for Jadeveon Clowney
The Seahawks proved that defense wins championships. Jones may go the logical route here and trade up for arguably the most dynamic defensive lineman in the draft.
3. Trade Out of the First Round
In my opinion, there are only two players who I would not hesitate to take with the 16/17th pick overall that would come in and immediately help the Cowboys defensive line: Ra’Shede Hageman and Aaron Donald. I think that they are perfect fits for Rod Marinelli’s defensive scheme, and if they are gone, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Cowboys trade out of the first round completely and target someone like Timmy Jernigan or Will Sutton in the second round.
2. Trade Down and Draft the Best Player Available
The Cowboys could always trade down and pick up another pick or two. It worked for them last year when they traded down and selected center Travis Frederick.
1. Stay Put and Draft the Best Player Available
Although I may be wrong, I still believe that there will be some playmaking defensive linemen when it’s the Cowboys' turn to pick. If Jones doesn’t scratch that itch, and let’s head coach Jason Garrett’s process play out, staying put and selecting the best player available may not be a bad idea.