Rumors have begun surfacing that the Atlanta Falcons have been in talks with a couple teams regarding the fourth overall selection in the draft.
The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys have crept to the front of those discussions. The Patriots, obviously, are in the market for their next franchise quarterback.
The Cowboys have just recently paid their franchise quarterback – Dak Prescott – so it’s highly unlikely a quarterback has any possibility of finding their way to Dallas. However, recents reports have indicated that owner Jerry Jones has become fascinated with former Florida tight end star, Kyle Pitts.
Currently, in their list of wideouts, Dallas has Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, Blake Jarwin and Dalton Shultz all expected to have roles in the Cowboys’ passing game in 2021. Not to mention running back Ezekiel Elliott who’s had back-to-back seasons of 50+ catches.
Here are a few options the Cowboys could head towards if they’re serious about making the leap of six slots.
- Option 1: Pick swap + pick 44 | Return: picks 4, 148
- Option 2: Pick Swap + picks 75, 99, 115 | Return: pick 4
- Option 3: Pick Swap + Michael Gallup + 179 | Return: pick 4
Option one is simply swapping picks and tossing in your second-round pick at 44. According to Drafttek, Atlanta’s pick is valued at 1800 points while the 10th overall pick sits at 1300. The Cowboys second-round pick would still leave them 20 points shy, but it most likely wouldn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.
It may not be a certain you could sway the Falcons to include their fifth-round pick, especially with the Patriots being involved in the bidding war, but it’s worth a shot.
Option two is just so you can keep two top-50 talents coming out of this draft. However, you will have to give up two thirds and a fourth to do so.
Option three has Michael Gallup being shipped out and essentially being replaced by Kyle Pitts. Gallup is on the last year of his deal and may have already priced himself out of a return to Dallas. Gallup is a bonafied second receiver and it’s hard to imagine Dallas having the funds to bring back someone of his caliber.
Gallup will more than elevate Atlanta’s receiving core beside Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Hunter Henry and Russell Gage.
However, Kyle Pitts isn’t the only player worth being considered inside the top-5. The Cincinnati Bengals have heavily been linked to Tackle Penei Sewell. Both the left guard and center position are currently open competition according to head coach Mike McCarthy.
Also, Tyron Smith has dealt with his fair share of injuries – not to mention in a couple years his cap hit will reach $17 million in the final two years of the deal.
Whether it’s Kyle Pitts or Penei Sewell, you first have to wonder if Dallas should be considering offense in the first round at all given how poor we saw the defense perform last season?
Dallas has lost both Xavier Woods and Chidobe Awuzie to free agency.