5 Bold Pre-Draft Predictions

With the NFL Draft now less than two weeks away, The Ranch Report offers five pre-draft predictions, including one concerning the ever-popular Adam "Pacman" Jones.

#1. PACMAN TO DALLAS WILL HAPPEN
It's only a matter of time until the Cowboys give the Titans what they want to execute the Pacman trade. We've said all along it would take at least a fifth round pick in the 2008 draft, but we didn't think it would take additional picks later on to make it happen. As it turns out, that will be what's needed to get this deal done. How the Cowboys and Titans work this trade out is anybody's guess, but both sides have come too far not to make it happen. Credit Tennessee for playing hardball here, they could have caved long ago, getting virtually nothing in return. The Titans have held strong and will likely get two fifth round picks or possibly a fifth and a fourth to get this deal completed. The bottom line here is this trade gets done before the draft, likely as soon as this weekend.

#2. DALLAS SELECTS A CORNER IN THE FIRST ROUND
Even with the trade for Pacman Jones, the Cowboys will still look to draft a cornerback with one of their two first round selections. Owner Jerry Jones is a risk taker but he's no fool. He knows that bringing Pacman to Dallas is a huge risk with a possible huge reward, but he'll want some insurance for the long haul. Let's face it; Pacman with the Cowboys may only last one year based on his track record. At the end of that year, if it doesn't work out, the Cowboys will still need a cover corner. South Florida's Leodis McKelvin, Kansas' Aqib Talib and Troy's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie headline the wish list here.

#3. THERE WILL BE NO TRADING UP IN THE FIRST ROUND
Simply put, the long rumored trade for Darren McFadden won't happen. There's too much to risk for Dallas to move up and there are too many other players that can help this team to prevent it from happening. Aside from McFadden falling out of the top 10 (which won't happen), the Cowboys will stand pat with their first two picks.

#4. DALLAS WILL NOT TRADE FOR A VETERAN WIDE RECEIVER BEFORE THE DRAFT
The rumors are everywhere and by now you've likely come across one or two that seem to have truth behind it. Roy Williams to Dallas? Anquan Boldin perhaps? It won't happen. While the Cowboys wouldn't mind a veteran wide out falling in their lap because of the lack of true talent available in the draft, the asking price for such a trade would likely be too great.

#5. DALLAS WILL DRAFT FELIX JONES ... IN THE SECOND ROUND
With the enormous number of talented running backs available in this year's draft, there will plenty of first-round talent available in the second and even the third round of this year's draft. One player we believe with first round talent is Felix Jones, however, in the NFL he's not an every down back and this will cause him to fall out of the first round and into the second. Enter the Dallas Cowboys. Jones is the perfect third down back in a Cowboys' offense that needs such a role player now that Julius Jones has moved on. He can also return kicks.

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