The Dallas Cowboys decided not to make a trade in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and didn’t take a defensive lineman, settling for Notre Dame guard Zack Martin with the No. 16 overall pick to fill a minor need on the offensive line. So with the second round of the draft just hours away, rumors are swirling the Cowboys are trying hard to trade up in the second round for a premier defensive lineman, which wouldn’t be wise.
Many defensive linemen who were though to be first-round talents were not selected on Thursday night and are still available heading into the second day of the draft. Defensive tackles Louis Nix (Notre Dame) and Timmy Jernigan (Florida State) are both still on the board and each could play the one-technique slot for the Cowboys. Defensive ends Demarcus Lawrence (Boise State) and Kony Ealy (Missouri) are also still available and both would be great fits on the outside of Dallas’ 4-3 front.
Sure, all four of those players are bound to catch the attention of the 14 teams picking ahead of Dallas in the second round, but it’s a safe bet one of them will still be available when the Cowboys are on the clock with the 47th overall pick. Thus, the report they’re planing to move up near the top of the second round is somewhat alarming, especially since Nix is reportedly the target of that trade.
The Cowboys desperately need a surefire day one starter on the front seven with their second-round pick, but trading up to get a player they can get where they are just doesn’t make sense. Even though Travis Frederick turned out to be a great pick last year, Dallas undoubtedly could have gotten him in the second round and possibly even the third, but burned the first-round pick on him instead.
If this report is right, we could be looking at a similar situation on Friday night.