Jerry Jones draft day trade log
Tomorrow, we will endeavor to elaborate about our specific plans and beliefs about the Cowboys 2013 draft plans. But, today, I wanted to partially answer questions and then fill in the blanks on a particular topic that goes hand in hand with player selections on draft day. This will be the 20th draft that the Cowboys will participate in since Jimmy Johnson left town before the 1994 draft. In that time, the Cowboys have certainly taken on a different reputation for their drafting ability and one of those cliches that analysts will use is the idea that “Jerry cannot sit still” on draft day.
He is thought of as an owner who falls in love with a target and then trades up to go get him without worrying too much about the cost. And, of course, he is thought of as a major downgrade to Jimmy (Johnson’s 5 years of drafts compare favorably to almost anyone who ever drafted in any organization so that isn’t a stretch).
Anyway, through covering this team, I felt it would be helpful to actually deal in facts rather than what we recall. If you polled draft experts, many would accuse the Cowboys of trading up all of the time. Others would say that they actually trade down all of the time. Obviously, this seems to indicate they certainly enjoy trading. Up and Down. In this post, I wish to document the trades they have conducted that take place using picks from the top 3 rounds only. But that alone will take up quite a bit of space.
Starting with 2012 and working backwards, here are the Cowboys trades involving the traditional “Day 1” picks:
Jason Garrett/Jerry Jones Era
2012: Traded #14-Michael Brockers and #45-Alshon Jeffery to the St. Louis Rams for 6th overall- Morris Claiborne. TRADE UP
2011: No Trades
Summary of Garrett/Jones: Nothing much to report aside from the trade up to get Claiborne last year. I am on record quite a bit on this trade up, with the long summary here, but the short version is that I think they could not afford to trade 2 starters for 1 in their current state. For the most part, these last 2 drafts are basically, “stay home and follow our board”.
Wade Phillips/Jerry Jones Era
2010: Traded #27-Devin McCourty and #90-Taylor Price to the New England Patriots to select Dez Bryant and pick #119. TRADE UP
Edit: Also, Cowboys trade up to get Sean Lee at #55. To do so, they send #59-Montario Hardesty and #125-Clay Harbor to Philadelphia. TRADE UP
2009: Cowboys acquire WR Roy Williams and a 7th from Detroit for #20-Brandon Pettigrew, #82-Derrick Williams, #192-Aaron Brown. TRADE OUT
Traded away pick #51-Andy Levitre to Buffalo Bills for 75th Robert Brewster and 110th Victor Butler picks. TRADE DOWN
|Head Coach||Trades Up||Trades Down||Trades Out||Player +/-|
So, by my count, 25 trades that involve “Top 100” picks over the 19 drafts by Jerry Jones. If nothing else, you should never leave your television set during draft coverage, because as the cliche tell us, he can’t sit still in that war room. If the Cowboys lack success, it isn’t because they are napping. In fact, quite the opposite might be true. A nap might be what they need.
I kid. Sort of.