Have you wondered what kind of draft compensation the Dallas Cowboys might get in return if they decide to trade both Amari Cooper and DeMarcus Lawrence? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Speculation abounds at the moment on the future of the two players and the brass of the Cowboys do nothing to stop the rumors.

In fact, Stephen Jones continues to not commit to Cooper and Lawrence’s future, which only further stokes the fires of speculation. Because of that, we thought we’d have a little fun today and do a fictional Cowboys 2022 draft that included hypothetical trades for Cooper and Lawrence.

*For this exercise, we will use The Draft Network Simulator for the fictional project and Jimmy Johnson’s business value score for the hypothetical transactions.

Amari Cooper and DeMarcus Lawrence hypothetical swaps

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Amari Cooper to Jacksonville Jaguars for 2.33, 5.157

This trade could be a win-win for both organizations. The Dallas Cowboys would free up $16 million in salary cap this year and $22 million in 2023 and 2024. The Jacksonville Jaguars would get a No. 1 wide receiver to help Trevor Lawrence, much like Cooper did with Dak Prescott when he arrived via trade. And, with more than $56 million in available salary cap space, Jacksonville can easily absorb Cooper’s contract.

*trade and offset project proposed by PFF

DeMarcus Lawrence to Los Angeles Chargers for 3.79

The Rams traded a 2021 second- and third-round pick for Von Miller, so a third in 2022 seems fair for DeMarcus Lawrence. The Chargers would meet one of their offseason needs to partner Joey Bosa, and Dallas would free up $8 million in salary cap space this year and $29 million in 2023. With more than $57 million in dollars of salary cap space available, the Chargers should have no problem accepting D-Law’s contract.

Cowboys salary cap savings – $24 M in 2022, $51 M in 2023, $22 M in 2024

The Dallas Cowboys have updated 2022 draft picks

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  • 1.24
  • 2.33 (from Jaguar)
  • 2.56
  • 3.79 (from chargers)
  • 3.88
  • 4.128
  • 5.157 (from Jaguar)
  • 5.167
  • 5.176 (projected compensatory choice)
  • 6.201

2022 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft

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1.24 – IOL Kenyon Green, Texas A&M

Kenyon Green is a plug-and-play player who would immediately slot into Connor Williams’ vacant left guard position. Not only would he improve and solidify the Cowboys offensive line for the next few years, but putting him next to Tyler Biadasz would also help him improve his game.

2.33 – S Daxton Hill, Michigan

Dallas doesn’t usually write safeties that high, but word is they were going for Trevon Moehrig last year in the second round before the Raiders robbed him via trade a pick ahead of them. In Daxton Hill, they would get a better, more versatile player who would immediately improve the Cowboys’ secondary backend.

2.56 – DT Travis Jones, UConn

Like the safety position, the Cowboys don’t usually draft defensive tackles this early. But, Travis Jones would be a perfect technique for them and would immediately help strengthen their defensive line. He’s a solid rushing defender and he’s also got quite a bit of juice as a passing thrower for a player his size (6’4″, 328).

*TRADE* Cowboys send 3.79, 5.157 to Atlanta for 3.74

  • Cowboys – 3.79 (195) + 5.157 (27) = 222 points
  • Falcons – 3.74 = 220 points

3.74 – EDGE Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati

After trading DeMarcus Lawrence and hopefully re-signing Randy Gregory, the Cowboys can further improve their depth at DE with Myjai Sanders. He is an explosive rusher with a huge upside. With some time to develop his craft further, he could be a rookie in the not too distant future. In the meantime, he would be an excellent situational pass thrower.

3.88 – WR Wan’Dale Robinson, Kentucky

Wan’Dale Robinson would provide an entirely different dynamic to the Cowboys’ passing game, speed and elusiveness. He’s the type of receiver who is dangerous every time he touches the ball and would give Kellen Moore a WR worthy of all those screen passes that have become a staple of his call play.

*TRADE* Cowboys send 2023 3rd round pick, 5.167 to Cleveland for 3.98

  • Cowboys – 5.167 (23) + 2023 3rd (100) = 123 points
  • Brown – 3.98 = 108 points

3.98 – TE Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State

With Dalton Schultz likely leaving via free agency and Blake Jarwin potentially a salary cap victim, tossing a fifth-round pick this year and a third in 2023 next year to Cleveland in exchange for Jeremy Ruckert helps solidify the position. Ruckert is a starting-caliber TE, though he was underutilized during his time at Ohio State.

4.128 – LB Terrel Bernard, Baylor

Terrel Bernard is someone to watch for the Cowboys as he’s a local prospect who is expected to feature on Dallas Day. He is an underrated WILL LB in this year’s draft class, but arguably one of the best. He’s an exceptional player in space in both the running and passing game, and would be a great fit if paired with Micah Parsons.

5.176 – RB ZaQuandre White, South Carolina

As Tony Pollard enters the final year of his rookie contract and Zeke slowly declines, it may be time for the Cowboys to prepare for the future without them. ZaQuandre White is an explosive and sneaky RB with the knack to become a starter in the not too distant future. Until then, he can play a complementary role while continuing to develop his game.

6.201 – WR Erik Ezukanma, Texas Tech

Erik Ezukanma is arguably the most underrated and intriguing wide receiver in the 2022 draft class. He could be an absolute steal for the Cowboys at this point in the draft. He has indoor and outdoor versatility and is extremely difficult to take down once he is in the open. He has the talent to be a potential replacement for Michael Gallup from day one.