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Cowboys News: How Cowboys Can Acquire More Draft Picks In Middle Rounds

Latest Cowboys headlines: Cowboys should set sights on gaining more picks; wat might prompt a trade down; draft should present options to help pass rush.

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If I'm Cowboys, here's what I'd give up to move up, draft Myles Garrett - Kevin Sherrington, Dallas Morning News

Myles Garrett is considered to be the class of the 2017 draft class, and there are plenty of fans who would not be disappointed to see the Aggie defender continue his career while remaining in Texas. Sherrington stirs the waters be bringing up a scenario where the unlikely could come to pass.

Garrett is the surest thing in this draft. Great talent, great person, great work ethic. He's so good, I wouldn't mind seeing Jerry do what Mike Ditka did with Ricky Williams and trade his draft for him. Don't know that Garrett would wear a wedding dress for the cover of a magazine, though. Seriously, if the Cowboys could get the top pick for a first and second this year and a first next year, I'd do it. Garrett is a once-in-a-generation player.

Cowboys Should Set Their Sights On Gaining More Picks - Michael Sisemore, Blogging The Boys

The best plan for the Cowboys may lie in acquiring more picks in the middle rounds, Sisemore explains.

We’ve heard it all before that usually when you’re picking at the bottom of the first round, you’re looking at second-round talents. That certainly means the Cowboys will be picking among the best second-round talents available but that is also why a trade down scenario would just tickle the Joneses if it’s available. This should be the priority for the Cowboys, much like it has for the Patriots (fourth time since 2000 with no first-rounder) to stockpile picks in the middle rounds. If Dallas could move down just a few spots in the first or possibly at the top of the second round, it could be very beneficial for this team.

Dallas doesn’t have any compensatory picks this year but they stand to gain quite a bit next year. What if they got in the game of dealing next year’s regular picks? Maybe that’s playing it too cute, maybe not but it’s a thought and they wouldn’t even have to be that specific. Still, next year selections do not carry much value when the premium is on this year’s collateral.

Mailbag: What Might Prompt A Trade Down? - Dallas Cowboys

A reader wants to know which player would have to drop to No.28 for another team to want to trade up for. Bryan Broaddus amd David Helman answer.

Bryan: I don't know the names, but your best chance for a trade up I think will be in two areas: quarterback and offensive tackle. If those players are still available at 28 I promise they will get some calls.

David: As usual, the obvious answer is the quarterbacks. It’s the game’s most important position, so it could prompt movement if one of them falls. For the Cowboys to get trade offers, I think you want some quarterbacks to fall – most likely DeShone Kizer or Patrick Mahomes. Other than that, the best bets are positions that aren’t very deep, such as offensive tackle. For instance, if Ryan Ramczyk – the draft’s best tackle – starts to slide, perhaps you’ll see some teams that are willing to move up.

Position Series: Draft Should Present Options To Add Help At Defensive End - Rob Phillips,

We have heard for weeks now about how the draft is rich at some positions of need for the Dallas Cowboys. There is help available to the Cowboys at every level of the league's annual talent acquisition fest. Phillips runs down the list of options the Cowboys might consider as well as taking a look at what is also available in house.

The Cowboys’ defensive losses in free agency are well-documented, but it’s worth noting that four of the five players who started games at defensive end last year are under contract for 2017: Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Benson Mayowa and David Irving.

The team is also optimistic Charles Tapper can contribute next season after sitting out his entire rookie season. One of two fourth-round picks last year – Dak Prescott was the other – Tapper might have competed for a starting job last year until a back injury surfaced early in training camp and landed him on injured reserve.

"We had some discussions toward the end of the year about what his availability might be," head coach Jason Garrett said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "We just decided he missed way too much football to get him back in there.

"But we are optimistic about him. Hopefully he will be ready to go at the start of the offseason program."

Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft caps unveiled - Drew Davison, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

The NFL and its business partners are masters of marketing. They know that if it is new and if it is shiny there are those among us who just have to have it. As the draft approaches, New Era has unveiled one of those "must haves": the official draft cap that will be featured on the heads of the league's newest players once they are selected.

"New Era’s innovative LiquidChrome for all team logos ... These logos are individually molded appliqués with vibrant chrome finishes and 3-dimensional textures."

It certainly meets the new and shiny criteria, or so it would appear. The newly revealed cap might not be the biggest news of the day, but I am willing to bet that more than a few of us will soon be sporting the latest in Dallas Cowboys fanwear.

Cowboys Draft Fit: DE Charles Harris Profile - Joey Ickes, Cowboys HQ

My colleague Joey Ickes over at Cowboys HQ gives us a good look at Missouri defensive lineman Charles Harris. As he always has, Joey gives us both the good and the bad of the players he takes a look at, and this is no exception. Ickes does not sugarcoat his opinions.

Charles Harris would play right defensive end in the Cowboys system, and would be a pass rush upgrade at the position immediately. There is plenty of work left to do to make him a complete player, and his athletic limitation could put a ceiling on his short-term, and potentially long-term productivity, but as a member of the Cowboys rotation he would provide some of the help they need.

VIDEO: Draft Show: 2 Weeks 'Til Draft Day -

The biggest event of the NFL off season is drawing closer, and the crew over at the mother ship do a good job of prepping us via the Draft Show each year. It might not be one of those things to get your morning started due to the length, but it is a good investment of an hour of your time to check out the latest edition.

Todd McShay's 3-round mock draft of perfect picks has Cowboys ignoring pass rush - SportsDay DFW Staff, Dallas Morning News

It would be met with criticism among many fans, but should McShay's latest prognostication materialize it would fall closely along the lines of how this writer is reading the tea leaves.

The selections: Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson (Round 1, pick No. 28), Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen (Round 2, No. 60) and Texas A&M safety Justin Evans (Round 3, 92).

Although the headline states "ignoring the pass rush" I see it as being more of giving the secondary a jumpstart to complement a focus on an influx of talent upfront that the team makes one year from now.

Let me add that taking a tight end in the second would probably give me a coronary, but beyond that I could see the early rounds falling quite similar to McShay's mock.


Best O-Line in NFL? Perhaps, But Plenty of Questions To Answer First - Nick Eatman,

Cowboys faithful take it as a given, but now Nick Eatman raises a legitimate question. "Is the Dallas OL really all that and a bag of chips?"

Now, I’m not going to sit here and say it doesn’t. I guess the group in Oakland would make a case. But if we’re truly sincerely starting over from scratch and re-committing, then I think we have to be fair and say this offensive line still has to answer a few questions before we just hand them the title once again

Doug Free and Ronald Leary are gone, and there will be new questions to be answered, so Eatman's question is justified.

Jason McCourty Would Be Fantastic Pickup - Cody Williams, The Landry Hat
Another high profile relese immediately linked to the Cowboys.

McCourty will be 30 years old at the start of next season, which makes it reasonable as to why the Titans weren’t wanting to pony up the $7 million he was due next season prior to being cut. What’s more, he’s struggled with injuries a bit in the past two seasons. He played in only four games in the 2015 season due to a groin injury. Meanwhile, he played in 14 games this past year, but was battling ailments for parts of the year while on the field.

Does that sound like someone the Cowboys should pursue?


Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney dies at 84 - AP Dispatches, Dallas Morning News

"My job is to do what's best for the organization and to make that decision regardless of what the consequences are to me personally. I take my position very seriously. What I want is an organization that can be together, one where everybody in the place has the same goal, and that is to win." - Dan Rooney

Rooney certainly did his job well. The rings that the Steelers earned bear testament to that. Today and forever the pro football world will be diminished by the absence of Mr. Rooney.

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