Seeing their top targets go off the board in the top half of the draft, the Cowboys dropped almost to the bottom of the round by trading their first-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Cowboys sent their pick, No. 18, to the 49ers, who gave them the No. 31 pick and a third-round pick. (The 49ers immediately grabbed safety Eric Reid of LSU, a likely second-round target of the Cowboys, perhaps accounting for the glum looks on the Cowboys' war-room cam).
The Cowboys were likely hoping for one of the two premier guards, Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper, to fall to them at 18, or after that, one of the three premier defensive tackles -- Star Lotulelei, Sharif Floyd or Sheldon Richardson and safety Kenny Vacarro. All but Floyd were gone before coming into the Cowboys' range.
The Cowboys now have the No. 31 pick, their second-round pick (No. 47) and two in the third round, 74 and 80, where they could look for a guard.
But the Cowboys did not get value for the picks. They lost about 80 points on the chart, 900 to 820.
-- Carlos Mendez