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5 Trades the Dallas Cowboys Should Consider Before 2014 NFL Draft

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5 Trades the Dallas Cowboys Should Consider Before 2014 NFL Draft

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The Dallas Cowboys will enter a make-or-break year in the 2014 NFL season. Although Jerry Jones will not admit it, the window is closing for a Cowboys Super Bowl opportunity. This team seems to be getting older in a hurry, and it is crucial that they find a way to handle their limited cap space in the coming future. In this article, I will name five trades Dallas should be thinking about before the 2014 NFL Draft.

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5. Trade Bruce Carter

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5. Trade Bruce Carter

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Bruce Carter was horrible in 2013. Coming into the new defensive system, many thought Carter was primed for a breakout season as a weak side linebacker. After all, he is one of the most athletic linebackers in the league. Many thought he could be a player similar to Derrick Brooks when he ran the system in Tampa Bay for Monte Kiffin. Carter was beaten in pass coverage a ton and he looked lost at times in the running game.

4. Trade For Bruce Irvin

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4. Trade For Bruce Irvin

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Bruce Irvin has been a total bust for the Seattle Seahawks since they drafted him in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He only has 10 career sacks and he was suspended for four games for PED use. Rod Marinelli has made a living off getting the most out of players. Ex-busts like George Selvie and Nick Hayden were above-average in 2013. Marinelli could make Irvin a better player, and who knows, maybe he finds his true potential in Dallas.

3. Trade For Dion Jordan

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3. Trade For Dion Jordan

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Dion Jordan barely played in his rookie season. He was behind a solid defensive line and is still extremely raw. Even though the Miami Dolphins traded up to the third pick to draft him in 2013, there is chatter going around that Miami wants to trade away the Oregon product. He would most likely cost Dallas a second-round pick, but Jordan has the frame to add on bulk and become a freak on the edge. Marinelli's influence also helps.

2. Trade Up

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2. Trade Up

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Jerry Jones is a gambler. It's as simple as that. Imagine if he moved up 14 spots to take Jadeveon Clowney. The world would go crazy. Although it would likely cost their first, second and maybe even fourth-round picks, Clowney is a stud who has been labeled as the best defensive prospect in the past two decades. At 6-foot-6, 266-pounds and running a sub 4.50 40-yard dash, not many are denying Clowney's ability to be special in the NFL.

1. Trade Back

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1. Trade Back

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Scott Crichton is one of my draft crushes in this year's draft. He oozes athletic ability and has the combination of speed and long arms that make pass rushers special at the next level. Dallas has a ton of needs on defense, so trading back to pick up more draft picks wouldn't be a bad idea. If the Cowboys trade back to the end of the first round, similar to what they did last year, they could very well draft a player like Crichton.