If you are a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, the words "trading down" can inspire shaking, cold sweats, and heavy drinking as memories of the legendarily bad 2009 NFL draft haunt you. But this is a far different year. The draft is reputedly deep in areas the team is badly in need of, like defensive and offensive linemen. There have also been reports that Jerry Jones wants to do something to make up for the seventh-round pick that went to the Miami Dolphins.

It may be time to consider trading out of the first to stockpile some lower but still valuable picks. If the quality is more level than usual through the first couple of rounds, Dallas might be well served to trade the 18th pick if it can get them a couple of second round selections.

Conveniently, OCC has launched his annual and very popular Mock Draft Challenge. This leads to a lot of thinking about what the team can do in the draft and who might be available. Since his rules prohibit trading down for the purposes of the Challenge, I thought I would take a look at what the team may be able to do if they went that direction.

I took a quick look at the current draft order and was able to find a possible trade partner for my purposes, based on the current data (which of course is subject to change). Using the Draft Pick Value Calculator that OCC so conveniently provided a link for, I came up with the following trade with the Cincinnati Bengals:

Dallas trades the 18th pick (900 points) for the 37th and 55th pick, both in the second, and the 182nd, in the sixth (899.6). Dallas loses only .4 in value, and now has eight picks.