The Cowboys may be in the most ideal spot in the 2013 draft to trade back. If there is anything we have learned, it’s that Jerry Jones is likely to make his presence felt one way or another.
Last year, his team moved up to take Morris Claiborne. This year, he could have an abundance of teams dialing in long distance to secure the rights to the 18th overall pick.
Dallas's biggest needs lie on the interior, where both the offensive and defensive lines need work. Defensive tackle is insanely deep, and although they may miss out on Warmack by trading back, I believe the benefits outweigh the potential consequences in a draft that favors into their individual needs.
Expect Jerry to be working the phones diligently on draft day as he always keeps himself in constant dialogue to see what's out there. Here are six team's most likely to tempt Jerry into trading back.
Minnesota Vikings: Adrian can't do it all and Christian Ponder needs help outside of often-injured Percy Harvin. Cordarrelle Patterson—who I have predicted will blow up at next month’s NFL Combine—is a player sure to be in high demand as we inch closer to draft day. A do-it-all playmaker, Minnesota will not be the only team lining up for Patterson's exceptional talents.
Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson is the guy, so bringing in the necessary weapons is the next thing on Pete Carroll's to-do list. The Seahawks aren't far from being a complete team and adding a weapon like Patterson could send these birds flying come next September.
Houston Texans: I'm sure the Texans know by now that letting Jacoby Jones go last offseason was a huge mistake after his memorable performance in last night's Super Bowl game. Andre Johnson desperately needs help if the Texans are ever going to make a run and Patterson is the ideal candidate to fill one of Houston's biggest needs moving forward.
Indianapolis Colts: Another team with a star rookie quarterback, Andrew Luck has proven to be a special player and then some. With that said, the Colts need to start building around their unique talent by bringing in some more receiving threats. Patterson makes sense here, but the team could just as likely move up to take a player like Ezekiel Ansah or Alec Ogletree, who offer up plenty of upside.
Atlanta Falcons: Yet another team just a couple pieces away from making a Super Bowl run, the Atlanta Falcons have shown that they are not afraid to move up and grab their guy. Julio Jones was their man in 2011. This year, Tyler Eiffert could be their target of choice. With Tony Gonzalez set to retire, Atlanta now has a huge void at the tight end position. While Eiffert may not completely fill Gonzalez's shoes, he is an exceptional talent that presents yet another red-zone threat. If not Eiffert, expect the Falcons to also consider a pass-rusher, where a player like Alex Okafor or Ezekiel Ansah could make sense with the aging John Abraham on his last leg.
Baltimore Ravens: Congratulations, you're Super Bowl champions! Now, moving on, the Ravens are in the unique position of replacing future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis. No easy task, it will be hard to repeat without finding a new leader to man the middle of the defense. Alec Ogletree is a player that could makes some sense, as he has shown unique coverage skills and the ability to hold up inside. Ozzie Newsome has consistently made wise business decisions in the past, so expect another shrewd move by one of the more consistent franchises in the NFL.
Other potential suitors (Bills, Jaguars, Cardinals, Jets) *QB's