Why the Amari Cooper trade could be a win for Baltimore

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The Cowboys made a pretty questionable trade Monday afternoon. As they agree to trade their first-round draft pick in 2019 to the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders now own three first rounders in this upcoming NFL Draft. We’re a long way away from April and knowing any type of draft order, but Gruden and the Raiders, could very possibly walk away with Nick Bosa, Devin White and Trayvon Mullen or maybe a player like DeAndre Baker depending on how the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys finish out their seasons. Players like those could really shape a team’s defense for the future. And they would also certainly help sell tickets out there in the desert.

Everybody last week thought Jon Gruden was out of his mind for putting a first round asking price on Amari Cooper. Nobody thought any general manager would meet that asking price. We shouldn’t be surprised that of all the people, Jerry Jones and company would be the ones to shock us all. And make Gruden out to look like a genius in the process. It’s not that Cooper isn’t a good player, its the fact that they gave up a first round draft pick to acquire him. The trade they made yesterday afternoon tells us that they probably regret passing up on Calvin Ridley last April. So, they reached on Amari Cooper. Cooper will only be under contract thru 2020. And they will likely have to pay running back Ezekiel Elliot and quarterback Dak Prescott in the near future as well. So, its going to be difficult to keep them all under one roof. Drafting a wide receiver with their first-round pick in 2019 and having him play under a rookie contract for 4-5 years is something that makes a lot more sense. It‘s why this trade is such a head scratcher and hard to understand.

This move down the line could very well be a trade that ends up being beneficial to the Ravens. It was reported after the trade was made that the Cowboys were very likely going to be committed to taking a wide out on day one of the draft this April. Seeing as how they have one of the leagues weakest wide receiver groups.

Eric DeCosta and The Baltimore Ravens now won’t have to worry about the Cowboys taking their guy at wide receiver, if DeCosta in his first year as general manager tries to do what Ozzie Newsome couldn’t. Drafting a home grown, pro bowl wide receiver. And a young wide receiver is something that they could very well be in the market for come next season. A position that right now, looks to be loaded at. Guys like: N’Keal Harry, JJ-Arcega Whiteside, Collin Johnson, Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Just to name a few. If Jerry and The Cowboys had kept their first-round pick, one of those guys, were likely going to be on their draft board and they surely would have took one of those names. Names that will probably be on Eric DeCosta’s as well. After yesterday’s trade, when draft weekend rolls around, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys won’t be a team that the Ravens front office will have to worry about.

The Cowboys right now stand at 3-4, and if the draft was today they would be selecting 9th. And if the Cowboys continue to struggle like they have been in 2018, I don’t envision Gruden drafting a wide receiver that high with Dallas’ pick. I see him trying to build around the team’s defense, that right now is ranked 26th in total defense and 22nd in passing. Which could give the Eric DeCosta and the Ravens more to work with, depending on where they end up drafting come April.

 

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