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Dallas Cowboys trade first-round pick they wouldn’t use on Earl Thomas to get Amari Cooper

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When it was reported that the Oakland Raiders were putting wide receiver Amari Cooper on the trading block, they were seeking a first-round draft pick for someone who absolutely hasn’t performed to his own first-round status in recent times. Sounds silly, right? Well not if you’re the Dallas Cowboys, apparently.

If you’re keeping score, the Oakland Raiders now have their own first-rounder in the 2019 NFL Draft — they’re an awful team almost destined to have a top-five pick — the Chicago Bears’ 2019 and 2020 first-rounders as part of the Khalil Mack trade, and now the Dallas Cowboys’ first-rounder. That’s five first-round picks for Jon Gruden’s team to play with over the next two drafts.

The Cowboys obviously are desperate for wide receiving talent, as you might be surprised to find out that Terence Williams (suspended), Tavon Austin (injured and ineffective), Cole Beasley (poor man’s Julian Edelman?), Michael Gallup (rookie), and Allen Hurns (13/158/1 TD) is not a particularly stacked group of players. They were the leading team to get the 24-year-old Cooper, who did make the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons, but has had a very publicized problem with drops. Maybe he’ll suddenly stop dropping passes with Dak Prescott as his quarterback instead of Derek Carr.

Of course, we cannot ignore that Jerry Jones was totally unwilling to trade a first-rounder for Earl Thomas back when trade talks between the Cowboys and Seahawks were dominating the headlines while Thomas was holding out and healthy. Relative to their respective positions, Thomas is miles better than Cooper. Now with that said, Thomas is 29 years old (whereas Cooper is 24), had a serious leg break in 2016, and the current NFL market dictates that safeties aren’t nearly as valuable as wide receivers. I think it’s just caught many off-guard that the Raiders actually wanted Cooper dealt for a first-round pick, even with his recent substandard production, and the Cowboys actually obliged. It sure surprised our friends at Blogging the Boys.