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Mailbag: Any More Moves Before The Draft?


Are there any players that you think are worth the Cowboys moving up to get? With all the talk about Chase Young, it would probably take this year and next year's first-round picks plus a few more to move from the 17th spot up to the No. 2 pick. Do you think he is worth that big of a sacrifice or are there too many needs to sell the farm for one cow? — TYRONE YOUNG / ALBUQUERQUE, NM

David: This is a top-heavy roster. The Cowboys have a lot of good players making a lot of money at the top of the depth chart, but they aren't very cost effective down the line. They need to offset that by hitting on some draft picks, the same way they did in 2016. Ideally, they can come out of this draft with three or four quality starters – but they can't do that if they're trading the draft away for one player. If they want to trade up a handful of spots to make sure they get their guy, that's one thing. I don't think you can justify parting ways with a bunch of sorely-needed picks.

Rob: Too many other needs, in my opinion. The Cowboys have a lot of talented players, but with so much roster turnover this offseason, I don't think you can say they're truly one player away from a definitive Super Bowl run. That's why you would make a deal like that - and even then, that's a ton of draft capital to give up for one big-time prospect. I just don't see it.

Have the Cowboys done enough in free agency to draft the way they want or will they be making more moves? — MARK WHITT / MULLENS, WV

David: This is typically the time of year where things settle down. The Cowboys have added some free agents at the big trouble spots. They feel good enough about what they're working with, and now they want to see what they can do in the draft. That doesn't necessarily mean they're done adding free agents. But it's going to depend on who they draft. Let's say, for example, they don't land a receiver they feel great about. There are veterans they could go sign after the draft to offset that problem. The same goes for several other positions. The free agent market has mostly fizzled out at this point. Now is the time to see what you can find in the draft before you worry about signing more veterans.

Rob: They feel pretty good about what they've been able to do in free agency given the amount of expiring contracts they had. They've been able to piece together replacements for the starters they lost to other teams. There are still questions, of course. Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory have yet to be reinstated. Byron Jones left a pretty big hole at corner. Without Randall Cobb, the third receiver job still appears up for grabs. Same at center with Travis Frederick retiring. And does the team feel set at positions like safety, linebacker and tight end? I don't think the front office feels pressed to reach at any of those positions, but you could also justify a draft pick at any of them.

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