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7-Round Mock Draft: Trades net Cowboys OC, LB, WR, RB

What fun is a mock draft if there aren’t trades involved? The Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones used to have a reputation as wheelers and dealers, but they’ve reserved most of their movement for the second half of most recent drafts. Gone are the days when the team moved up or done on a regular basis, but that might all change in 2024 with their “all-in” decree.

Dallas moved back a few spots in 2021 when they dropped from 10th to 12th and still ended up with Micah Parsons. Prior to that, Dallas hadn’t moved in the first round since 2013. That year they dropped from No. 18 to No. 31 and selected Travis Frederick at center along with WR Terence Williams with the extra pick. The year prior they bundled picks to move up and select CB Morris Claiborne. Things have been much more measured in the last decade.

In our latest mock draft simulation, we not only move around in Round 1, but several other times during the draft. The objective is to use the first several picks on players who could fill an immediate role on the club.

Bailing on No. 24

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Craig Strobeck-USA TODAY Sports

The idea of this mock draft was to walk away with a center, with the obvious focus being on Oregon’s Jackson Powers-Johnson. In this mock, however, he was snatched away from the Cowboys by the Houston Texans just one pick prior.

Dallas still needs a center to replace free agent Tyler Biadasz and fortunately there being two more highly regarded prospects in this draft works to their favor when the phone rang.

 

TRADE

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

SEND 1.24 to Baltimore Ravens (740 pts)
RECEIVE 1.30, 3.93 from Ravens (620 + 128 pts)

The Ravens moved up here to get WR Troy Franklin of Oregon, the fifth receiver off the board in the first round.

1.30: Center Zach Frazier, West Virginia

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Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys considered Zach Frazier and Graham Barton to be fairly evenly graded (in my mock) and were comfortable moving this far down would still allow them to select one. Sure enough, Barton was taken 1.25 but Frazier remained on the board.

TRADE

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(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SEND: 2.56, 2025 4th rounder to Rams (340 + 40 pts)
RECEIVE: 2.52 (380 pts)

2.52 LB Edgerrin Cooper, Texas A&M

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Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys are in need of a linebacker and get perhaps the draft’s best talent in Cooper.

Draft Network Scouting Report

TRADE

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Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

SEND: 3.87, 3.93, 6.213 to Falcons (289.2 pts)
RECEIVE: 3.74, 4.110 (294 points)

3.74: WR Xavier Legette, South Carolina

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(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

TRADE

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Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

SEND: 4.110 to Bengals (74 pts)
RECEIVE: 4.116, 6.196 (62 + 13 pts)

4.116: RB Will Shipley, Clemson Tigers

Clemson running back Will Shipley (1)
Clemson running back Will Shipley (1)

5.173: DT Jordan Jefferson, LSU

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

6.196: OW Louis Reese-Zammit, International Pathway

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(Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Read up on the rugby star here.

7.231 OT Delmar Glaze, Maryland

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Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

7.242: Edge Trajan Jeffcoat, Arkansas

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Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Story originally appeared on Cowboys Wire