Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Jerry Jones Draft Day Trade Log

Tomorrow, we will endeavor to elaborate about our specific plans and beliefs about the Cowboys 2013 draft plans.  But, today, I wanted to partially answer questions and then fill in the blanks on a particular topic that goes hand in hand with player selections on draft day.  This will be the 20th draft that the Cowboys will participate in since Jimmy Johnson left town before the 1994 draft.  In that time, the Cowboys have certainly taken on a different reputation for their drafting ability and one of those cliches that analysts will use is the idea that "Jerry cannot sit still" on draft day.

He is thought of as an owner who falls in love with a target and then trades up to go get him without worrying too much about the cost.  And, of course, he is thought of as a major downgrade to Jimmy (Johnson's 5 years of drafts compare favorably to almost anyone who ever drafted in any organization so that isn't a stretch).

Anyway, through covering this team, I felt it would be helpful to actually deal in facts rather than what we recall.  If you polled draft experts, many would accuse the Cowboys of trading up all of the time.  Others would say that they actually trade down all of the time.  Obviously, this seems to indicate they certainly enjoy trading.  Up and Down.  In this post, I wish to document the trades they have conducted that take place using picks from the top 3 rounds only.  But that alone will take up quite a bit of space.

Starting with 2012 and working backwards, here are the Cowboys trades involving the traditional "Day 1" picks:

Jason Garrett/Jerry Jones Era

2012:  Traded #14-Michael Brockers and #45-Alshon Jeffery to the St. Louis Rams for 6th overall- Morris Claiborne.  TRADE UP


2011:  No Trades

Summary of Garrett/Jones:  Nothing much to report aside from the trade up to get Claiborne last year.  I am on record quite a bit on this trade up, with the long summary here, but the short version is that I think they could not afford to trade 2 starters for 1 in their current state.  For the most part, these last 2 drafts are basically, "stay home and follow our board".


Wade Phillips/Jerry Jones Era

2010:  Traded #27-Devin McCourty and #90-Taylor Price to the New England Patriots to select Dez Bryant and pick #119.  TRADE UP

Edit: Also, Cowboys trade up to get Sean Lee at #55.  To do so, they send #59-Montario Hardesty and #125-Clay Harbor to Philadelphia. TRADE UP


2009:  Cowboys acquire WR Roy Williams and a 7th from Detroit for #20-Brandon Pettigrew, #82-Derrick Williams, #192-Aaron Brown.      TRADE OUT

Traded away pick #51-Andy Levitre to Buffalo Bills for 75th Robert Brewster and 110th Victor Butler picks.   TRADE DOWN


2008: Traded #28-Lawrence Jackson, #163-Owen Schmitt, #235-Brandon Coutu to Seattle for pick #25 Mike Jenkins.  TRADE UP


2007:  Cowboys trade away #22 (Brady Quinn) to Browns for #36-Kevin Kolb and 2008 first round pick (#22-Felix Jones).  TRADE DOWN

Then, Cowboys Traded #36-Kevin Kolb, #87-Stewart Bradley, #159-C.J. Gaddis to Eagles for #26-Anthony Spencer.  TRADE UP

Summary of Phillips/Jones:  This is where trading up to "get your guy" really got traction.  They went up to get Anthony Spencer and then up to get Mike Jenkins and then up to get Dez Bryant and then to get Sean lee.  In the process that that cost a total of 10 picks to get 3 players and 1 additional (and significantly lesser pick).  If you add to that the 2008 Roy Williams trade that gutted the 2009 draft, they basically spent 13 picks to get 5 players.  And we wonder why this team has so many holes.  

They also had 2 trade downs, including the 2007 trade down to get an extra #1 in 2008 (Felix Jones) and a trade down in 2009 where they picked up quantity but dropped significant quality to do so.  Just stay there and grab Andy Levitre has been said quite a few times since that bad idea of a trade down and settle for Robert Brewster (who never played) in the 3rd Round.


Bill Parcells/Jerry Jones Era

2006:  Cowboys Traded #49-Kellen Clemons to Jets for #53-Anthony Fasano, #189-Drew Coleman, #211-Pat McQuistan.  TRADE DOWN

Cowboys Traded #80-Clint Ingram to Jaguars for #92-Jason Hatcher and #125-Skyler Green).  TRADE DOWN


2005:  No Trades (but the extra pick from 2004 accounted below).


2004:  Cowboys traded away #22-J.P. Losman to Buffalo for #43-Julius Jones, #144-Sean Ryan, 2005 first round pick (#20-Marcus Spears)  TRADE DOWN


2003:  No Trades

Summary of Parcells/Jones:  As you can see, this is a unique period in which draft picks were used poorly, but they were always valued.  The Cowboys only participated in 3 trades in 4 drafts of top 100 picks, but each time they were accumulating bodies and stepping back.  They sent away 3 picks and brought back 8.  This is how a roster is built quickly, if it can be done properly.  Mistakes were made when Parcells ran the war-room, with the Steven Jackson/Julius Jones decision chief amongst them, Bobby Carpenter, and many offensive linemen too (Jacob Rogers, Stephen Peterman), and of course the legendary battle where Parcells wanted Marcus Spears or Shawne Merriman over DeMarcus Ware.  But, overall, the efficiency and conservative nature of his draft day philosophy is in sharp contrast to say, Phillips/Jones.


Dave Campo/Jerry Jones Era

2002:  Cowboys traded #6-Ryan Sims to Kansas City for #8-Roy Williams, #75-Derek Ross, #186-Zuriel Smith.  TRADE DOWN

Cowboys traded up to #63 to take Antonio Bryant and #129 Jamar Martin, sending Chicago #72-Roosevelt Williams,  #104-Alex Brown,  #140-Bobby Gray.  TRADE UP


2001:  Cowboys traded #37-Idrees Bashir to Colts for #52-Chris Chambers and #81-Kenny Smith.  TRADE DOWN

Cowboys trade #52-Chris Chambers to Dolphins for #56-Tony Dixon and #122-Markus Steele.  TRADE DOWN

Cowboys trade for pick #53 Quincy Carter by sending the Saints #70-Sedrick Hodge and #81-Kenny Smith.  TRADE UP


2000:  Dallas traded 2000 first round pick (#19-Shaun Alexander), 2001 first round pick (#7-Andre Carter) to the Seattle for Joey Galloway.  TRADE OUT

They also traded pick #80-Darrell Jackson to Seattle for James McKnight.  TRADE OUT

Summary of Campo/Jones:  Wow.  To see it all on paper again is tough to read.  This is where things really started spiraling out of control as Jerry went "all in" on the Galloway trade.  In fact, he went so crazy that we really forgot about the overpayment for James McKnight with the SAME TEAM!  Then, the targeting and drafting of Quincy Carter and Antonio Bryant in which neither guy was what you hoped he was and then finally a very impressive job trading back in 2002 for 3 picks to just fall back 2 slots to take the guy you truly wanted.  Pretty crazy reviewing these drafts and the gutting of the Galloway trade which set the 2001 trade back initiative into motion.  What is truly nuts is that the Galloway trade did not scare him off the Roy Williams idea in 2008.  


Chan Gailey/Jerry Jones Era:

1999:  No trades


1998:  No Trades

Summary of Gailey/Jones:  about as non-descript an era of the Cowboys history as we can find.  The only notable footnotes of these 2 drafts would be the Randy Moss/Greg Ellis decision which has been discussed pretty thoroughly by now.


Barry Switzer/Jerry Jones Era:

1997:  Cowboys trade with the Eagles to get #22-David LaFleur and send away #25-Jon Harris, #155-Luther Broughton, 1998 third round pick #70-Brian Alford.  TRADE UP

They then trade #54-Kevin Abrams to Lions for #65-Dexter Coakley and #101-Antonio Anderson.  TRADE DOWN


1996: Cowboys trade Washington Pick #30 - Andre Johnson for #37-Kavika Pittman and #67-Clay Shiver.  TRADE DOWN
Cowboys get pick #49-Randall Godfrey from Miami in exchange for #60-Michael Cheever and #99-Phillip Daniels.  TRADE UP


1995:  Cowboys trade Tampa Bay pick #28 - Derrick Brooks for #41-Ronald Davis and #63-Shane Hannah.  TRADE DOWN

Cowboys trade Atlanta pick #41 - Ronald Davis for #46-Sherman Williams and #110-Eric Bjornson.  TRADE DOWN 


1994:  Cowboys trade for pick #23 - Shante Carver from San Francisco (also receive pick #217) for #28-William Floyd and #62-Tyrone Drakeford.  TRADE UP   

Summary of Switzer/Jones Era:  This was certainly a very active era where the Cowboys were constantly doing something in these 4 drafts.  In the end, the trades up and trades back seem to cancel each-other out in number - but don't be fooled. The quantity is out-weighed by the details.  The 1995 passing on Derrick Brooks for what amounts to Sherman Williams, Shane Hannah, and Eric Bjornson seems crazy.  Also, the amount of heaven and earth that was moved to get Troy Aikman his new tight end in David LaFleur should not be under-rated, either.  And in 1994, sending a 1st and 2nd to get Shante Carver is a bit cringe worthy, too.  

Below is a very basic summary of the trades by era.  The Player +/- is simply a quantity count of players in versus players out in these trades.  They, by no means, account for quality of players so it is a flawed discussion for sure.  But, just so you can see the activity by era, here it is:

Head Coach Trades Up Trades Down Trades Out Player +/-
Garrett 1 0 0 -1
Phillips 4 2 1 -5
Parcells 0 3 0 +5
Campo 2 3 2 -1
Gailey 0 0 0 0
Switzer 3 4 0 0
Totals 9 12 3 -1

So, by my count, 25 trades that involve "Top 100" picks over the 19 drafts by Jerry Jones.  If nothing else, you should never leave your television set during draft coverage, because as the cliche tell us, he can't sit still in that war room.  If the Cowboys lack success, it isn't because they are napping.  In fact, quite the opposite might be true.  A nap might be what they need.

I kid.  Sort of.

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