Jerry Jones likes to make deals. He has stayed pat and taken the exact first round pick that was given to him just five times in the last twenty years, and only once in the past seven! To assume that the Cowboys are sticking with #16 is actually more risky than to predict their move.
And though the team has plenty of needs, I think a move up is more likely than a move down. The assumption from those who dare to project a move is that we would leap ahead for Aaron Donald, the long-coveted lineman, or God help us all Johnny Manziel. (For the record: nothing against the guy, he'll be great in Cleveland, but we are married to Tony Romo as a franchise. Drafting a new "franchise QB" is not "the future", it's an affair.)
But, I have another idea...
During a first-pick.com draft, the top 3 picks went as such:
1) Houston Texans - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
2) St Louis Rams - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
3) Jacksonville Jaguars - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
All three picks that don't exactly defy logic. All three players have been mocked often to these teams, and the want and need fits are clearly there. But what that DID do is leave none other than pass rusher extraordinaire Jadeveon Clowney sitting and waiting at #4.
Dallas made a move. I offered my #16, #47, and next year's first round pick to move up to #4 and draft Clowney. The Browns accepted.
The rest of the draft went as follows:
Round 3 (#78) - Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah
I made a trade - also with Cleveland - to trade down from our fourth-round pick (#119) to one of theirs (#127) and they gave us a sixth-round pick (#180).
Round 4 (#127) - George Uko, DT, USC
Round 5 (#158) - Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn
I then proceeded to dump the sixth we got from Cleveland and the 3 sevenths we have the capability to trade to move back into the fifth round at New Orleans' spot.
Round 5 (#169) - Charles Leno, OT
Round 7 (COMP) - Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
Round 7 (COMP) - Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU
Round 7 (COMP) - Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
I post the rest of the mock simply to show that we can still get good talent and fill holes in our starting and depth rotations even after jumping up for Clowney. That said, what is your opinion on the idea of potentially engaging in a blockbuster to obtain the best player in the draft?