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Poll: What player would you be willing to trade the Cowboys 2019 first-round pick for?

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Choose wisely.

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This offseason, there has been a lot of talk about the possibility of trading for All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas. Unfortunately, the Seattle Seahawks asking price has been too high as the Cowboys don’t want to relinquish precious draft capital in order to get him. Seattle, on the other hand, doesn’t want to just give Thomas away, despite the likely scenario that he won’t be rejoining the Seahawks when he enters free agency in 2019. The Cowboys could really use a talent like Thomas roaming the secondary. He’s a great player at a position of need for them. Many fans would have no problem going all-in to acquire a defensive star. But would you?

Let’s up the stakes a bit and hypothesize, shall we. What if you could have anyone in the league, on any team? All it would cost is the team’s first-round draft pick next year. That sounds like a great deal, right? There are All-Pro’s at every position so you can customize it to grab the star player at a position the Cowboys need the most. What player would you choose?

In attempt to be as realistic as possible, whatever player you select - you also get their contract as that’s how it would work in real life. You get their age, you get their cap hit, and you get the length of their current deal - you get the whole thing, so keep that in mind.

Recently, we took to Twitter and asked fans which player would be worth giving up a first-round pick for.

And here are some of the responses...

This seems like the obvious answer to me. Aaron Donald has been a superstar from the moment he entered the league. Kudo’s to all you BTB members who were desperately hoping he fell to the Cowboys in the 2014 NFL Draft. Of course, the Cowboys got a nice consolation prize in Zack Martin who is not too shabby himself.

Adding a player like Donald would be an instant spark to the Cowboys defensive line. In four seasons, Donald has 39 sacks and is the explosive pass-rushing monster the coaching staff looks for in their defensive tackles. If there is a drawback in choosing Donald, it would be his contract situation. Currently, he is playing under his fifth-year option which is only $6.9 million. Unlike Martin, the Rams have yet to come to terms with their 2014 first-round star so the Cowboys would need to be willing to commit long-term deal to make it worth it. With DeMarcus Lawrence also looking for a long-term deal, just how much money are the Cowboys willing to sling out for their defensive line?

It doesn’t seem like that long ago when the Cowboys had the choice between Ezekiel Elliott or Jalen Ramsey with the fourth-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The team opted to go with Zeke and that’s worked out pretty well. Elliott was an All-Pro his rookie season and is one of the best running backs in the league. What a great thing to have when the team also bodes one of the best offensive lines in the league. It was the perfect marriage.

While Zeke was quick out of the gate, it was Ramsey who had himself a phenomenal second season. Just like that, he has established himself as one of the best cover corners in the league.

The Cowboys had to pick between two great stars and both have proven themselves worth it. While the Cowboys’ cornerback position is in better shape these days, Ramsey is a special talent and would be a welcoming add on any defense. He would easily be worth giving up a future first-rounder.

Maybe you’re a Julio Jones person, or maybe you prefer Antonio Brown, but regardless which star wideout you select - the team instantly gets one of the best receivers in the game. They are both 29-years-old and they are both expensive.

With Jones or Brown, the Cowboys would have a #1 WR. While it’s hard not to imagine the offense benefiting greatly by this addition, the team has been building around the idea that Dak Prescott will spread the ball around. It’s great to have a star receiver, but is it the best use of this pick?

Speaking of team needs, there might not be a bigger void than that left by future Hall of Famer Jason Witten. The Cowboys could solve that problem real quick with the acquisition of New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski.

There are a handful of reasons this might not be the best idea. First, Gronk is a space tight end that needs the ball to be in his hands. The Cowboys are a run first team so he’s not exactly the type of tight end the team is looking. But who cares, he’s Gronk! Of course, he’s only Gronk when he’s on the football field and that has been a real struggle for him over his career as he’s missed at least one game in each of the last six seasons. He has trouble staying healthy. And if that’s not enough, he’s going to come with a pricey cap hit.

Another option would to just hit the reset button at quarterback. As Bryce King suggests, there are a slew of quarterbacks the team could target with that all important first-round pick. Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams paid a pretty hefty draft cost in order to acquire their franchise quarterbacks so it’s not realistic to include them in the mix, but hey - in this hypothetical, anyone is fair game. If you have your doubts about Dak Prescott, then this is your time to do something about it.

Poll

What player would you be willing to trade the Cowboys first-round pick in 2019 for?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Aaron Donald
    (1823 votes)
  • 17%
    Jalen Ramsey
    (545 votes)
  • 9%
    Julio Jones or Antonio Brown
    (303 votes)
  • 2%
    Rob Gronkowski
    (81 votes)
  • 11%
    A new franchise quarterback
    (365 votes)
3117 votes total Vote Now