Eric Berry to the Dallas Cowboys, Martellus Bennett to LT?

Troy AlessiContributor IApril 12, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Miles Austin (C) #19 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates a touchdown with Martellus Bennett #80 and Patrick Crayton #84 against the Atlanta Falcons at Cowboys Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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It may seem outrageous to even contemplate this, but how would you feel if Dallas' Martellus Bennett (Cowboys No. 2 TE) moved to left tackle in order to fill the vacancy left by Flozell Adams? Or how about the Cowboys, via a trade from Miami, get Eric Berry at the No. 12 selection?


Don't worry, the chances of those two scenarios playing out is somewhere between slim and none. But hear me out on this:

*Note: This is all speculation.

Martellus Bennett (TE - 6'6'' - 265 lbs. - 23 years old): Bennett did not live up to his hype as the '09 season unfolded; meaning he did not help us advance the ball through the air. Of course, this is most likely not his fault, it is simply a matter of the Cowboys having too many playmakers to spread the ball around to.

But Martellus has developed a reputation as a viscious blocker (i.e. one of the only blockers, outside Witten and Gurode, to maintain a 1-on-1 block of DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Jay Ratliff, and Bradie James during training camp) over the past few years.

This leads me to believe that he could potentially be a better replacement for Flozell Adams than Doug Free. We all have questions about Free's potential, however, Bennett has been a tested warrior (in the blocking game) for the past two years.

Obviously, the problem with this is the fact that Bennett is a skill player, a TE. The Cowboys are traditionalist in there searches for TE's, they want a true hybrid of catching and blocking ability. Bennett definitely has the hands to make him a very fearsome receiver, but I go back to the point of there being too little balls to go his way because of the talent pool on the Cowboys roster.

From what I have heard, Bennett has been very vocal about his disappointment in not getting the plays he knows he's capable of making, which makes this move to LT a possible catch-22.

He knows that he could be a No. 1 TE for another team, so he expresses his disgust in not getting the ball, yet, if he did make the move, he would not be pressuring himself as much in the receiving area, allowing him to focus purely on improving his already lethal blocking potential.

I also only present this scenario because of what I have seen in John Philips, the No. 3 TE. He has certainly shown good awareness, hands, and blocking in his chances. This allows the Cowboys to not worry about disrupting depth at that position.


Eric Berry (FS - 6'0'' - 211 lbs. - 21 years old) : Berry has somehow been slipping down everyone's mock drafts. I even heard today, from NFL Network's Mike Mayock, that Berry is no longer the best safety in the draft—Earl Thomas is. This is obviously the media reaching for stories, but what does that mean for the 'Boys and their safety situation?

Honestly, with a talent pool as large as this year's draft, I would be happy with the Cowboys getting any one of the top-seven safeties (i.e. Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, Nate Allen, Taylor Mays, Morgan Burnett, Chad Jones, Major Wright). But with Eric Berry possibly falling past the number No. 10 pick, the Cowboys may have a chance to slide up to the No. 12 pick, via the Miami Dolphins, and snag him.

The Dolphins have allegedly been in discussions with the Cowboys about a possible trade that would involve Patrick Crayton and Marion Barber. Two players Bill Parcels had wanted to bring with him to Miami when he left Dallas.

So, how about:

Cowboys: Patrick Crayton, Marion Barber, the No. 27 and No. 59 picks


Dolphins: No. 12 and No. 43 picks

This could be a win-win situation for both teams. The Dolphins would get their much-needed depth at WR and RB without sacrificing too much in this year's draft. The Cowboys would be opening up space for their young, up-and-comers to shine; aditionally receiving an "Ed Reed/Troy Polamalu-esque" safety to replace Ken Hamlin. Furthermore, the jump to the No. 43 pick in the second round would allow for a better O-line selection.

In any case, the 'Boys are in the drivers seat; they control their own destiny. They have a plethora of talent with very few holes/needs in the roster. Hopefully they find a good solution without exhausting resources—they certainly have in the past.