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Mailbag: What Might Prompt A Trade Down? Biggest Need For Depth?

DAVID FARRISATKINSON, NH
With lots of defensive options.  Give me a name or two at a position of not immediate need, that if they dropped, you would get excited that teams might want to trade back into the first round for where Dallas could pick up a bonus.

Bryan:I don't know the names, but your best chance for a trade up I think will be in two areas: quarterback and offensive tackle. If those players are still available at 28 I promise they will get some calls. 

David:As usual, the obvious answer is the quarterbacks. It's the game's most important position, so it could prompt movement if one of them falls. For the Cowboys to get trade offers, I think you want some quarterbacks to fall – most likely DeShone Kizer or Patrick Mahomes. Other than that, the best bets are positions that aren't very deep, such as offensive tackle. For instance, if Ryan Ramczyk – the draft's best tackle – starts to slide, perhaps you'll see some teams that are willing to move up.

JEFF PARSONSAMARILLO, TX
Once the D-Line and secondary are addressed, what position is the highest draft priority to provide depth?

Bryan:They will look at wide receiver and running back -- not because of depth, just because the quality of player will be best on their board. 

David:Ok, so if the defensive line and secondary have been addressed, then I'd probably say the next priority is offensive tackle. Doug Free is headed toward retirement and Chaz Green has a long injury history. You could also stand to add some depth at tight end. Third behind those two spots is probably running back, considering both of the Cowboys' backups are in contract years. 

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