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Dallas Cowboys Should Trade Down in the First Round of the NFL Draft, If Necessary

Jerry Jones Said He's Considering Trading Down from No. 18

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COMMENTARY | Lo and behold, despite all the criticism his way, Jerry Jones has been able to make things happen when he has made a trade on the first day of the NFL Draft.

Two out of the last three years have proved kind to the Dallas Cowboys, having traded up to get Dez Bryant in 2010, and moving up eight spots last year to draft Morris Claiborne.

2013 marks another crucial draft for the Cowboys. The good news is, there are plenty of names on the board that could fit any need they have.

Enter the possibility of trading down. Now things get interesting.

Jones said on Monday that he's willing to let his phone ring on Thursday and take bidders for that No. 18 pick, especially if the right person isn't there when the Cowboys are on the clock.

This is one of those situations where we need to play the speculation game. My prediction, and still somewhat-realistic expectation, is that Chance Warmack falls to No. 18 and Dallas takes him. Other candidates at this spot would more than likely be Sheldon Richardson, Jonathan Cooper and Kenny Vaccaro.

If, by some stretch of the imagination, none of those four are available by that time, trading down a few spots and hopefully acquiring another pick or two in the process should be highly considered.

Either way, whomever the Cowboys draft this year will be expected to contribute in some capacity this year, so whatever Jones decides to do with that pick, it needs to hit the mark.

One late first round name that's been popping up as of late on Dallas' radar is Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh, who could move to guard due to his arm length. He'd be a name to look out for if everyone else is taken and the Cowboys don't trade down.

Either way, Dallas needs to hit a home run after the first day of this draft and get some starter in some form, with the consensus being a starter on that offensive line.

Pick your poison, I suppose. Only this one could actually help the Cowboys if they do things right.

Danny Webster is a featured columnist for the Dallas Cowboys. You can reach him by going on Twitter and following @DannyWebster21.

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