By Jeremy Martin @Jmartin1982 on April 21, 2014
Last year, the Dallas Cowboys traded down in the NFL Draft and picked up an extra third-round pick. The trade worked well for Dallas as they were able to draft Travis Frederick and Terrance Williams, who both played well. Given the success of that move, there is a very real possibility of Dallas trading down again this year. With that in mind, let’s look at five potential targets for the Cowboys if they decide to trade down in round one.
While most Cowboys fans are begging Dallas to take a defensive lineman with their first pick, I believe Dallas must simply take the best player available. That player could be TCU cornerback Jason Verrett, who is one of the top CBs in this year's draft. Given Dallas’ struggles in the secondary last season, he should be strongly considered.
Another good defensive player who Dallas could trade back and still get is Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier. The Cowboys need depth at the LB position given the injury concern with Sean Lee and inconsistent play of Bruce Carter.
Another LB Dallas could look at is C.J. Mosley of Alabama, who is a little more explosive and a better playmaker than Shazier. If Dallas could trade back and still end up with a player like Mosley, they would have to be extremely happy.
Dee Ford could be an option for Dallas as well. He would give Dallas an edge pass rusher, which they desperately need. The 16th pick might be a little high for Ford, which makes him a perfect trade-down candidate.
Many mock drafts have Dallas selecting Kony Ealy with the 16th pick, and I don't believe that’d be a bad choice at all. Ealy is the second-best defensive end in this draft, but I think Dallas could trade down four or five spots and still get him. Of course, the risk for Dallas is that Ealy could be gone if they trade down, but given the comparable talent, it is a risk I think Dallas should take.
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