We all know the stats, that Dallas has made a move, either up or down (or away) in the first round 20 of the 25 drafts that have occurred under owner Jerry Jones tenure. It appears, according to this tweet from Cowboys columnist Jeff Sullivan, that the team may be interested in making a power move should things play out a certain way come May 8th.
Cowboys willing to trade up for right player but not more than two or three spots, nothing major. Not looking to deal down for more picks.— Jeff Sullivan (@SullyBaldHead) April 17, 2014
Well that could be interesting.
Dissecting what the Cowboys plan to do with their first-round draft pick is a tricky thing. In six of the past seven drafts, Dallas has plucked a first-rounder that they brought in for a private workout. Last year, they brought in all but one of their picks for a pre-draft visit. One can easily speculate that if Dallas would move up, the play could be for either Aaron Donald, who isn't projected to make it past the Chicago Bears, or Anthony Barr, who could go anywhere to a number of teams.
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If Dallas is in actuality not considering trading back, that does add insight into both the number of players that Dallas has given a first-round grade to, as well as how they might have constructed a horizontal board of those prospects. A horizontal draft board places prospects who might have similar round grades on specific tiers. If there is a separation between guys around the 16th ranked prospect, than they might not want to trade down even a couple spots, and be forced to move down another tier.
Of course this is all speculation, but so is most every aspect of what we do pre-draft. We speculate, spend oodles of time contemplating while we are all in the same waiting pattern. The runways become available for landing a new member of the Dallas Cowboys May 8th.
In the meantime, speculate with us. Who do you think Dallas would be willing to trade up for?