With the 2016 NFL draft only two weeks away, rumors are heating up regarding the Dallas Cowboys and their plans for the coveted No. 4 overall pick. After the Los Angeles Rams traded with the Tennessee Titans for the No. 1 overall pick, the Cowboys’ original draft plans may have slightly changed. While California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff or North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz was originally expected to be on the board for the Cowboys in the first round, both of them are now in danger of being picked within the first two selections. Regardless of the recent shakeup of the draft board, rumors are still saying there is a chance that the Dallas Cowboys end up with a quarterback in the opening round.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Cowboys have long been linked to Goff and Wentz. While Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has denied rumors that the team is in the market for a quarterback with the No. 4 overall pick, many NFL insiders believe that is nothing more than a smokescreen. As reported by Bleacher Report, the Cowboys’ organization believes that this year is their best chance at being in the position to draft one of the top quarterbacks.
“According to a source I talked with on Tuesday, there’s a growing sense within the Cowboys organization that the team is serious about taking a quarterback and will consider taking that position at the No. 4 overall spot in the draft. The reason is, is that people within the organization believe that the Cowboys will not be this high in the draft anytime soon after this year. That they suffered a freakish season in which they lost both Tony Romo and Dez Bryant and that caused them to tumble severely.”
Since this report came out before the Rams and Titans trade was announced, it is going to be more difficult for Goff or Wentz to fall to the Cowboys. While the San Diego Chargers are unlikely to draft a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick, the Cleveland Browns could select one of them at pick No. 2. Even if the Browns decide that they do not want to draft a quarterback in the first round, the odds are high that they could trade the pick to a team that needs a quarterback, such as the San Francisco 49ers or Philadelphia Eagles.
While the rumors are not confirmed by the team, many reports have recently surfaced that have said the Eagles were in talks to acquire the No. 1 overall pick from the Titans. Since they were not able to acquire the No. 1 overall pick, they could attempt to trade for the No. 2 overall pick, according to CBS Sports.
If the Cowboys are truly interested in Wentz or Goff, that is going to put them in a difficult position. While one of the quarterbacks could still fall to the Cowboys at No. 4, it appears as though they are now going to have to trade for the No. 2 overall pick. The good news for the Cowboys is that they have more to offer than the Eagles and 49ers. Since they would only have to move up two spots, it is likely that the Browns would prefer to do a deal with them that would involve swapping first-round picks and other draft considerations.
The latest mock draft from the NFL website believes the Cowboys will end up with Goff.
“If Wentz goes first, then a run on the first three quarterbacks could get jump-started early. Joey Bosa could be a very difficult player for the Cowboys to pass on here, but a potential future franchise quarterback might be even harder to pass on.”
With Tony Romo turning 36 years old this month, the Cowboys have to start grooming their next quarterback. While Jones believes that Romo has another five years left, it is unlikely that his body will hold up for that long. Since the Cowboys are unlikely to be drafting as high as they are in 2016 in the near future, this may be the year that they need to get their quarterback.
As reported by the Inquisitr, the Cowboys could still trade down in order to draft Paxton Lynch. He is not an option at No. 4 though. While a lot is going to change over the next two weeks, rumors will continue to link the Dallas Cowboys to California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff and North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz. Both of them remain a possibility at No. 4, but the Cowboys may ultimately have to trade up in order to secure one of them.
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