2010 NFL Draft: For Dallas Cowboys, Scandrick Could Be Key To Safety

Phil BrennanCorrespondent IApril 22, 2010

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 15: Orlando Scandrick #32 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the ball against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 17-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Cowboys' third-year cornerback Orlando Scandrick may play a key role in the team's pursuit of a top-notch free safety prospect in tomorrow’s draft.

Some may balk at the thought of getting rid of one of the team's more talented young players, especially at a position where quality depth is often hard to come by.

The notion that many fans simply fail to comprehend is this: You've got to give something to get something.

Having considered that, a trade package including Scandrick is very plausible if the Cowboys plan on securing one of the draft's better safety prospects (Earl Thomas or Eric Berry).

For the sake of reality, let's not consider Berry, as he'll likely be drafted in the first 10 spots. 

Now let's say former Texas Longhorn safety Earl Thomas drops to No. 17 (49ers) in the first round.  A package of Orlando Scandrick, Dallas' first-round pick, and perhaps a late-round pick may be enough to make the move up.

But why trade Scandrick?

Here are a few reasons why Scandrick may be involved in any draft day trade that would involve drafting a safety:

1)  Scandrick is a commodity; he's young, experienced, and is still playing out a relatively cheap rookie contract.

2) Cowboys' secondary coach Dave Campo is a huge Alan Ball fan. Campo has said on record that Ball is an up-and-coming cornerback who might have shot himself in the foot because he's able to play safety, saying that same versatility may have hurt Ball from seeing time exclusively at corner.

Trading Scandrick would allow Ball to move back to cornerback full time and assume the third corner role. Dallas would then grab its safety from the draft with the pick that they would trade for.

Similar scenarios can be imagined in the second round if the team wanted to move up and grab a player like Georgia Tech safety Morgan Burnett.


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