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Cowboys news: Is trading up in the 2018 draft the right move for Dallas?

Folks are feeling as if the Cowboys are too cautious and call for action. Will the Cowboys get aggressive and trade up in the draft?

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2018 NFL Mock Draft: Cowboys trade up; Sam Donald goes No. 1 -Drew Davison- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Cowboys trade up to guarantee they will get one of the top players in the NFL Draft.

12. Dallas Cowboys (from Cincinnati). Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia. With Anthony Hitchens likely bolting in free agency, the Cowboys make a bold move up the board to get one of the top defensive players in the draft.

Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft 5.0: Cowboys trade up for playmaking athletic freak -Michael Sisemore- Blogging The Boys
In this mock, the Cowboys go up in the first round to snag a playmaker.

The Cowboys call the Miami Dolphins to move up to pick 11 (1,250 points). In order to make that move, the Cowboys offer picks 19+50 (1,275 points). Now this leaves the Cowboys with no second-rounder but the Cowboys would have just taken an injured player there anyway. All jokes aside, the Cowboys get a really good player and soon-to-be catalyst for their defense.

Pick 11 (from Miami): Cowboys select Derwin James, S, Florida State (Brugler: 13th, 1st SS)

Possible Pick: USC’s Nwosu Has Some Versatility As A Pass Rushing LB/DE-Rob Phillips- Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys aren't done shaping their pass rush and USC's linebacker/defensive end Uchenna Nwosu could carve out a role.

“Most draft observers are slotting Nwosu as a mid-round pick who might go as early as the third round. He had a solid showing at the NFL Scouting Combine last week, running an unofficial 4.65 40-yard dash. Teams might view Nwosu as a late bloomer packed with potential because he didn’t take up football until his sophomore year of high school.”

Dane Brugler's seven-round Cowboys mock draft starts off with Dallas picking offense in Round 1 -Dane Brugler- SportsDay
Brugler decides that the Cowboys don't have to trade up to secure a first-round talent as he rolls with the offensive side of the ball.

Pick 19: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Talking with scouts at the combine, I would put the odds at 50-50 that Ridley will be available for the Cowboys at pick No. 19. The top three on the Dallas wide receiver depth chart (Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley) hasn’t changed the last five years and the position is overdue for an upgrade. Ridley can be a starter from Day 1, and his presence will provide immediate relief for Dak Prescott.

Ezekiel Elliott appreciates Jerry Jones' support -Todd Archer- ESPN
The Dallas owner's willingness to go to war with the NFL over his star player showed a ton of commitment. It was only fitting that Ezekiel Elliott show Mr. Jones some love.

The Cowboys were more observers than participants in Elliott’s legal battles, though they did file a declaration of support in Elliott’s bid for a temporary restraining order in September. Jones has staunchly defended Elliott throughout.

Free Agency Series: Future For These 3 Players To Be Determined By FA Market | Dallas Cowboys
In this exercise, the Mothership looks at a group of guys you would like to have back but it truly depends on the open market.

Brice Butler (Unrestricted)This one depends on more than just the market. The Cowboys obviously have a decision to make regarding Dez Bryant and his contract. If there’s a scenario that doesn’t include Bryant on this team in 2018, it makes more sense for both Butler and the Cowboys for a return. However, there might not be any room for him on this current setup, which includes Dez, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and others, especially knowing the Cowboys will probably draft a receiver high in the draft. There has to be better options for Butler, unless of course, the Cowboys need to fill some major voids.

Keep calm and don’t panic Cowboys fans, the franchise is doing just fine -DannyPhantom- Blogging The Boys
It seems like all the NFL teams are making moves to get better while the Cowboys sit quietly and do nothing. But is that really what’s going on? Don’t forget about these big moves happening for Dallas this offseason.

This offseason it’s a good bet that the Cowboys will sign two All-Pro players to long-term deals - Zack Martin and DeMarcus Lawrence. (It could end up being next year for Lawrence, but he’s a Cowboy for 2018). These are players the team drafted in 2014 who have played through their rookie contracts and have panned out for the Cowboys.

At some point in the near future the front office will pay them a lot of money to keep them in a Cowboys uniform for many years to come. If any other team in the league made moves to secure the services of two All Pro players like Martin and Lawrence, their fan base would be pleased.

Sure, there are players they would love to have from other teams, but they aren’t going to sell the farm to acquire them. In fact, they’re rather deliberate where their money goes for one very important reason that bears repeating - they like their own players.

Cowboys chasing active, defending Super Bowl champion Eagles-Clarence Hill- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl and are already making improvements to their team by trading for Michael Bennett. Can Cowboys jump back in this thing and stop chasing Eagles?

Owner Jerry Jones readily acknowledges that the Eagles and their recent Super Bowl success are a legitimate measuring stick for his franchise. The Cowboys have only two playoff wins since 1997 and no championship game appearances since its last Super Bowl title in 1995.

In Jones’ own words, the Eagles have raised the bar for the Cowboys.

And that was before Philadelphia shocked the NFL on Wednesday by trading a fifth-round pick and an undrafted free agent receiver to the Seattle Seahawks for Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett.

Why the Cowboys need to start wheeling and dealing right now, and why they're in the perfect spot to do it -Tim Cowlishaw- SportsDay
The Cowboys have to make this free agency count for something because teams around them aren't afraid to make moves.

Moving third-day draft pieces across the table to claim veteran starters is a move every team should make whenever possible. This is especially true if you happen to be the Cowboys and the league has bestowed four compensatory picks upon you for last year’s free-agent defections.

Those picks, now tradeable, give the Cowboys a 1, a 2, a 3, two 4’s, two 5’s, two 6’s and a 7. And while NFL owners love the cheap labor that draft picks represent, it doesn’t really make sense to head into the 2018 season with 10 rookies from the draft board. The Cowboys’ history at scoring with those third-day picks can certainly be called into question.

Now there is plenty of time to start shuffling some of these picks around in order to move up in the first, the second round or wherever. The draft at AT&T Stadium does not commence until April 26.

National Fantasy Football Convention is set for second straight year in Dallas - Todd Archer- ESPN
Last offseason, the NFFC originally concocted by Tony Romo and Andy Alberth was finally allowed to happen. This season, it could be much bigger and better than before.

“I think the players are excited,” NFFC executive director Andy Alberth said. “Players like to talk to other players and, from word of mouth or reaching out to a ton of guys, they want to be a part of it. This is something fun for them to build their brand. These guys grew up fans of players and now they’re in position to give back to fans. It’s such a small window they have for opportunities like this off the field, so we’re excited to help them.”

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