The Dallas Cowboys have a 17th overall pick in the next NFL draft, but it may not be good enough for owner Jerry Jones.
The Cowboys have several players slated to become free agents next month, and they may have to replace some of these talents in the draft. A source close to the team told Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network that Jones "wanted to make a splash" on the draft day, which could mean that Dallas is going to explore mounting the board of directors. © Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is known to be excited about the draft time.
According to Pauline, the Cowboys have done a lot of screening work on the Ohio State outlook. Buckeyes' biggest hope is obviously defensive end Chase Young, but he should reach second in the Washington Redskins. It would take a huge hit to go from # 17 to # 2, which seems unlikely for the Cowboys.
However, they could target Ohio cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who is considered the best defenseman in the draft. Landing it would certainly be considered a "big blow" for Dallas.
We all know that Jones is excited about the draft time. Sometimes Cowboy leaders must even keep him from getting carried away, which was supposed to be the case when Jones was stunned by Johnny Manziel's writing potential.
While it should come as no surprise if the Cowboys progress through the draft, the biggest splashes they could make are with their impending free agents. Quarterback Dak Prescott is still looking for a long-term team deal, and wide Amari Cooper could end up with another team if Dallas doesn't want to shell out a lot of money.
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Arik Armstead, DL: Raiders
It remains to be seen if the NFC champions can afford to keep Armstead because they have limited space for caps after the last wave of offseason spending. The Raiders did well to reorganize their defensive line during last year's draft, but the possibility of adding Armstread would give them a budding star as they head east to Las Vegas. Armstead had 10 bags last season.
Shaquil Barrett, DE: Falcons
Barrett revamped his value, then some in 2019, leading the NFL with 19.5 sacks as a member of the Bucs. Tampa Bay could try to keep it, but Barrett should find a robust market this time. The Falcons are in dire need after leaving Vic Beasley.
Tom Brady, QB: Chargers
The chances seem high that the Patriots will bring Brady back, but what if he decides something new? As the Chargers move into their new stadium, they have a quarterback opening and an underrated lineup that is a year removed from 12-4. Entering the offseason, the Chargers' offensive weapons are also superior to the Patriots, led by Keenan Allen.
Drew Brees, QB: Saints
Brees is still in the process of deciding if he wants to play in 2020. If he returns, it seems like it's almost a formality he is redoing with the Saints. He has unfinished business after fighting in the playoffs against Minnesota, and has led the NFL in completion rates for three consecutive years with the help of Michael Thomas.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB: Chargers
Bridgewater is unlikely to remain in New Orleans as a backup if Brees returns. Bridgewater proved that he could win again as a starter when he had his shot last season, with the Saints scoring a perfect 5-0. If the Chargers are unable to attract Tom Brady, Bridgewater would be another optimal adjustment to replace Philip Rivers in a decent situation with a solid roster and his 22-12 career record as a starter.
Anthony Castonzo, LT: Colts
Castonzo said he plans to retire this offseason. He is arguably the best left tackle on the market, although he has never made a Pro Bowl, and the upper left tackles rarely enter the open market. It would be upset if Castonzo left Indy.
Jadeveon Clowney, DE: Seahawks
Clowney did a solid job solidifying the Seattle pass rush last season after the team traded Frank Clark. Seattle gave up on a reasonable package before Week 1 to acquire it, and even with that sunk cost, they would surely like the old No. 1 overall draft choice to come back after it became more comfortable in defending the team.
Amari Cooper, WR: Cowboys
There was no reason to believe that the Cowboys would not bring back their No. 1 wide line despite inconsistent play in their first full season with the team. Cooper deserves to be rewarded for fighting through several reported injuries to score 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns in his fourth Pro Bowl appearance last season, and Dallas has the room to make something work.
Jack Conklin, RT: cardinals
Conklin is one of the tackles at the top right of the game, overcoming an abbreviated 2018 season to bounce back from a great 2019 season. The Titans would surely appreciate it, but they have to pay Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry, among others. Few teams have more need along the offensive line than Arizona, and the Cardinals also have a lot of cap space.
Melvin Gordon, RB: Texans
Gordon held out early in 2019 and was short of his comeback (3.8 yards per carry), so it would be a huge surprise if he returned to the Chargers. He will likely be disappointed with his free agent market after last year's game, but there are many teams in need. The Texans will potentially lose Carlos Hyde this offseason, and Gordon showcases the versatile skill set that Houston loved in Lamar Miller.
UN J. Vert, WR: Raiders
Green has had several foot problems in recent years and has missed all of 2019. It is not a big trend as he heads for free will, but the benefit is undeniable. The Raiders lacked weapons last year after the Antonio Brown debacle, and Green is one of the few available wideners that has the potential as the # 1 widener.
Anthony Harris, S: Browns
Harris broke at the right time in Minnesota, leading the league with six interceptions and also adding 60 tackles. Cleveland has a major security need, so he could follow new head coach Kevin Stefanski from Minnesota.
Hunter Henry, TE: Red skins
Injury has been a theme for Henry during his career, but he is certainly productive when he is in good health. He is fortunate to be a short-lived market maker, and Washington needs to surround Dwayne Haskins with weapons. Given Jordan Reed's uncertain future, a tight close should be a priority.
Chris Harris Jr., BC: Eagles
The marriage between Denver and Harris seems to be over as he seemed uncomfortable in the new defense last season. Four times Pro Bowler and one of the true cornerstones of the league, there should still be a market for Harris at the age of 31. Philadelphia has had to reorganize around the corner for two years and should be one of many interested Harris teams.
Derrick Henry, RB: Titans
Henry led the NFL in rushing last season and could be set for a record carrier. It's a big challenge for a back that is rarely used as a receiver, but Henry is unlike any other in the league at his position with his combination of size and speed. It's hard to see the Titans let the centerpiece of their attack flee.
Austin Hooper, TE: Packers
The Packers have sniffed Jimmy Graham, but they must try again given their closing window with Aaron Rodgers under the center. Hooper has had more than 70 receptions in consecutive seasons and made 41 first tries in 2019. He was not an exemplary target in the red zone, but he could be the reliable receiver that the Packers hoped to get with Graham.
Byron Jones, BC: Broncos
Jones could leave Dallas this offseason as the team has to pay both Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper. One of the elite corners of the game, Jones has gone from cornerback safety smoothly despite the fact that his ball skills are not excellent. The Broncos need this job and the money to pay Jones now that they are saving quarter money with a youngster from Drew Lock.
Chris Jones, DT: Colts
Jones would love to return to the Super Bowl Chiefs, but it remains to be seen if there is enough left in the vault with Patrick Mahomes' contract coming soon. Arguably the best inside pass rusher in the game that's not called Aaron Donald, Jones has 24.5 sacks in the past two seasons and is well known to Colts general manager Chris Ballard, who is a former frontline member KC office
Yannick Ngakoue, DE: Boucaniers
The Jaguars can't afford to let more defensive talent escape, but it remains to be seen what their plan will be after a front office reshuffle. If Ngakoue goes elsewhere, the Bucs are just one of the many teams that should be on the market. Tampa Bay could lose Shaquil Barrett, Ndamukong Suh and Jason Pierre-Paul to free agency.
Dak Prescott, QB: Cowboys
Discussions on Prescott's contract in Dallas have been going on for over a year, and it seems almost impossible that the team and the player will ultimately find no middle ground. Prescott is 40-24 as a starter in the regular season and should now adapt somewhat under head coach Mike McCarthy.
Philip Rivers, QB: Boucaniers
Rivers moved his family to Florida this off-season, and his relationship with the Chargers seems at best in limbo. The Bucs may be ready to leave Jameis Winston due to his interceptions (30). Rivers was not brilliant in that either, with 20 picks last year, but Bruce Arians was always ready to trust the veteran quarters, as he did with Carson Palmer in Arizona.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR: Patriots
Sanders' stay in San Fran ended in disappointment. He could certainly come back, but there should be a market for him in the league. Bill Belichick has never met a proven veteran he did not like, and Sanders was still productive last season with 869 yards in 17 games. It would not be the answer to the New England receiver's problems, but it certainly could help.
Brandon Scherff, OG: Bear
Scherff is the best indoor offensive lineman on the market after three seasons of Pro Bowl in Washington. The Redskins would probably like to keep it, but Scherff has also struggled to stay healthy recently. Chicago needs child care after Kyle Long's retirement.
Ryan Tannehill, QB: Titans
Tannehill helped lead the Titans to the playoffs with a 7-3 record over Marcus Mariota, and he also made key shots during the playoffs despite limited use. It would be a shock if the Titans allowed Tannehill to walk now that he was comfortable on the offensive.
Jameis Winston, QB: Colts
Winston could fight for a starting job in 2020, much like Ryan Tannehill did last season after throwing 30 interceptions at Tampa Bay last season. The former first overall pick has a talented world, but has had only one winning season in his five-year career. The Colts do not seem convinced that Jacoby Brissett is their future at the moment, so Winston could be a great competition.