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Will the Cardinals Trade Down In the First Round?
The Dallas Cowboys are in desperate need of a safety that can plug running lanes while still being able to help his corners in coverage. They haven’t had one since Roy Williams patrolled the secondary in the early 2000s, and Alabama safety Mark Barron fits the bill perfectly, as shown here by B/R Featured Columnist Peter Matarazzo.
Barron is becoming a hot commodity with the draft fast approaching, and there could be teams willing to trade up with someone to snag him from Dallas. The New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals come to mind as teams also in need of safety help who could jump up if the Cardinals don’t like what they see at No. 13.
Cincinnati, with its two picks in the first, would seem like a better trade.
Trade scenario A: The Cincinnati Bengals send pick No.’s 21 and 53 to Arizona for the No. 13 overall pick. With the 13th pick, Cincinnati takes Barron, and Arizona moves down only eight spots in the first to get back into the second round.
Trade scenario B: The New York Jets send pick No.’s 16 and 47 to Arizona for the No. 13 overall pick. The Jets take Barron, and the Cards move down only three spots to reclaim a second rounder.
This is less likely to happen than the Cincinnati trade because although it would fill a hole the Jets are in desperate need of filling, it would leave them without another pick until No. 77 in the third round—essentially the same situation Arizona is currently in, with pick No.’s 13 and 80 overall, respectively.
Trade scenario C: There is always a dark horse in situations like this, and this particular situation is no different. The Detroit Lions send pick No.’s 23 and 54 to Arizona for the No. 13 overall pick.
Detroit gets a direly needed leader in the secondary, while the Cardinals move back 10 spots to get their second round pick.
Trade scenario D: As first seen on SportsCenter, and with a link finally located (h/t to commenter Blake Murphy for digging that one up), Todd McShay has suggested that Philadelphia may be interested in a trade up from No. 15 in order to take Barron, or one of the big defensive tackles, to make sure the Cowboys—at No. 14—do not get whomever they feel is Jerry Jones' top target.
To do so, Philly would need to part ways with one of its two second-round picks, likely the very pick it received in the Kevin Kolb trade last offseason.
The Lions trade makes sense. Most believe Detroit will take a cornerback with their first round pick; however, having a coach in the secondary is invaluable, and the right one can make all the difference.
A trade with the Eagles, however, would be the best-case scenario for Arizona. Trading back only two spots from their original position in order to pick up a second rounder is a steal. It also would mean that if Michael Floyd is there at No. 13, he would also be there at No. 15. Dallas likely has no interest in a receiver with their first pick.
While the likelihood of trading down is still slim at this point (after all, no one knows for certain which players are highest on Arizona’s big board), there could be options should they feel the need to get out of the No. 13 spot.
All of these trade scenarios are purely speculation, and there is no real talk of having a trade partner or any real need to do so at the moment.
But things can change with just one pick.