Myles Garrett is petitioning to be a defensive for the Dallas Cowboys ... and, in a way, petitioning to be the Cowboys "assistant GM,'' too.
It's an annual rite of offseason passage now: Draftees say they want to play for Dallas (as premium selectees Ezekiel Elliott and Jalen Ramsey both did a year ago) and veterans hint they want to play for Dallas (Adrian Peterson and DeMarcus Ware both fall into this category already this offseason).
Garrett -- the consensus best player in this draft and a DFW native -- wants to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
"I'm speaking to you, Jerry (Jones), Mr. (Jason) Garrett,'' pleads the Texas A&M star. "Make it happen.''
Garrett gets amazingly specific in the video, taped by ESPN over a month ago.
"Dak Prescott is leading our team right now,'' he says. "I need you to take Tony Romo, take a couple picks and give them to Cleveland so you can pick me up. Please. I'd love to play in Dallas.
"Just make it happen."
This is equal parts "cool,'' "cute'' and "pathetic.''It's certainly a compliment to the Cowboys ... and horribly insulting to the Cleveland Browns ... and rather insulting to Romo, too. (Geez, it's bad enough that the national media thinks it's in charge of Romo's destiny; now a college kid thinks he's calling the shots?!) But hey, the Cowboys are potentially this sort of elite pass-rusher away from being able to hang with and exceed the work of Tom Brady and the Patriots, Matt Ryan and the Falcons and and Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
But beyond "cool,'' "cute'' and "pathetic.'' ... is the idea of a blockbuster trade of the Myles Garrett pick to Dallas worth writing even one more sentence about?
On one level, Jerry Jones' ears perk up when he catches wind of this sort of thing. It's why, to this day, he still discusses loudly in public his draft-day connection to Johnny Manziel. It's fun. It stirs things up. It keeps the Cowboys in the headlines ... even though there really was no Cowboys-Manziel draft-day connection at all. (See "The Myth Of The Manziel Card'' here.)
On another level, such a trade is not unprecedented. Indeed, the Trade Value Chart, created in the early '90's by Cowboys executive Mike McCoy (and since credited wrongly to Jimmy Johnson), provides a formula for equal value for a trade like this ... or any other trade at any other level.
(Note: Dallas now uses a different chart than the original. Other teams also have their charts. But the essential principles remain largely the same.)
To move from the 28th spot to the No. 1 spot, Dallas would need to create a package ... a gigantic package. To help illustrate, using the "points'' from the draft chart: If the Cowboys gave Cleveland ALL of this year's Dallas picks, Rounds 1 through 7, the Cowboys would be only one-third of the way to the value of Cleveland's pick.
My colleague Bryan Broaddus chastised me on the air recently on 105.3 The Fan for being presumptuous about the number of picks and maybe even being presumptuous regarding teams adhering to the chart in these sorts of deals. ... and he's right. But suffice to say: Jerry and his lieutenants would need to offer a gigantic package featuring multiple premier picks.
As COO Stephen Jones says: "It's a long ways (to make such a deal). Very, very difficult to figure out, to give up enough to be able to go that high and get it.''
There are some recent blueprints for this sort of deal. The Rams received three first-round picks and a second from Washington for the second-overall pick, used to draft Robert Griffin III, in 2012. And last year, the Tennessee Titans sent the top pick (Jared Goff) to Los Angeles for two first-, two second-, and two third-round draft picks.
So ... the Rams do it. And it's done for QB's. And there's certainly no evidence in Washington (where RG3 washed out) or in LA (where Goff isn't yet a success) that, even if it's a doable idea, that it's a good one.
But let's play along. Dallas wants Garrett. So the Cowboys flip spots this year and give up, oh, their first-round picks in each of the next two seasons.
First issue: Would you rather have Garrett -- as brilliant as he was in this weekend's Scouting Combine, seemingly cementing his status as the No. 1 guy -- or would you rather let Will McClay's personnel department throw not one dart, but rather three darts, at the target?
Second issue: You notice that we don't include Romo (or his unknown value) into this trade. Why not? Because we're betting Romo has no interested in accepting an assignment to join the non-contending Browns. (We do have a very good feel for what's going on with Romo, and we've been a month ahead of the game on these "feels.'' Check it all out here.)
Third issue: Again, relying on Broaddus: Garrett may not be that great a player -- QB-level-great.
Garrett, the 6-foot-6, 270-pound All-America, has followed up his pleading video by saying, "Take a joke, people.'' That is meant in part, of course, to defuse any anger on the part of the Browns, the Romo camp, whomever. But we're betting the Arlington native's desire to play pro football is not a "joke.'' Really, the only thing laughable about it, to me, is the incredibly steep cost of fulfilling Myles Garrett's fun dream.
The real bottom line is ID'ed by Stephen Jones, who notes, "I just think there's a lot that goes into the Dallas Cowboys ... It certainly starts at the top with Jerry (Jones) ... The history of the franchise. It's the men who came before us ... They're a big part of why it starting being called 'America's Team.' ... I certainly love it that he'd love to be a Cowboy.''