What will it take for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to trade up in the NFL draft to draft a quarterback?
The Cowboys will be the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft and could have several players available to them at that spot, with the top two picks potentially taking the spot of the top quarterback on their board.
The Cowboys also could select a quarterback of the future, but they’re not expected to select one until they’ve taken a quarterback at the top of the first round, and not even then.
That’s because, while there is interest in a quarterback, they’d prefer to go with a quarterback who’s a year away from the draft.
That means the Cowboys would have to trade down in the draft to get a quarterback.
That would give them a chance to get the best available quarterback, but also a chance at potentially trading up.
Here are five key players who could be available in 2018.
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State The 6-foot-5, 211-pound signal-caller is ranked No. 5 on ESPN’s board of the Top 100 prospects.
He is expected to go No. 2, according to the 247Sports Composite.
The Fresno State product is considered a potential top-10 pick if he is able to go through the combine.
Carr is considered the top passer in this year’s class, according the 247 Sports Composite.
Carr has played at Fresno State since 2016.
Ty Montgomery, RB, Alabama The 6’1, 210-pound running back is the top running back prospect in this class, the 247 Composite ranked him as No. 7.
He has played four years at Alabama, where he has rushed for 1,073 yards and 14 touchdowns.
He will likely be a top-25 player in the 2018 NFL draft.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB., Louisville Bridgewater is expected in the top five on the NFL Draft’s draft board, according ESPN’s Todd McShay.
Bridgewater is projected to go in the first or second round, depending on how many other players get picked ahead of him.
Bridgewater has played in just one game this season for the Louisville Cardinals.
He led the team to a College Football Playoff National Championship win in 2016.
Bridgewater also has two years remaining on his contract.
Marcus Mariota, QB/WR, Oregon The 6′, 2,212-pound quarterback out of Oregon State is projected as the No, 1 overall pick on ESPN.
Mariota has won two national championships, and the Ducks have won five national championships in his career.
He also won a Heisman Trophy and a Rose Bowl as a senior.
Aaron Murray, WR, Wisconsin The 6′-2, 215-pound wide receiver is expected as the top wide receiver in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Murray has already played in two games for the Green Bay Packers, and he has two more seasons on his deal.
DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon State The 5’11”, 325-pound defensive tackle out of Washington State is expected at No. 3 on the 2018 draft boards.
Buckner is expected by many analysts to be a first-round pick and would be the top defensive tackle in this draft, according NFL Draft Scout.
Dontari Poe, TE, Texas Tech The 6”6, 247-pound tight end is expected on the first pick in the second round of the 2019 draft.
Poe had five receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore for Texas Tech.
Samaje Perine, WR/TE, USC The 6′2, 207-pound receiver is projected in the Top 10 in the 2020 draft, as is Perine’s four receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown as freshman.
J.J. Nelson, WR: Alabama The No. 4 receiver in this years draft class is expected, according McShays, to be Alabama’s top receiver.
Nelson is projected at No, 3 in the latest draft rankings.
Jameis Winston, QB: Florida State The No 1 quarterback in this decade’s draft class, Winston is expected from No. 15 to No. 21.
He could be the first quarterback in the history of the NFL to win the Heisman Trophy, and his No. 20 overall pick would also be the highest draft pick since 2008.
Dede Westbrook, RB: LSU The 6 ft, 231-pound runner is expected with the No 1 running back in the future.
Westbrook has a total of 542 yards rushing and four touchdowns as a junior.
Derek Barnett, DE: Tennessee The 6 foot, 310-pound outside linebacker is expected next to Barnett as the second-best defensive end in the upcoming draft class.
Barnett led Tennessee to back-to-back SEC championships last season.
He was a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
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