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NFL Draft Rumors: Cowboys trying to trade up to no. 32 targeting pass rusher

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The Dallas Cowboys are trying to trade up to the first pick in the second round, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. He notes that the Bucs are "likely" targeting a pass-rusher, which is bad news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Three of the top pass-rushers fell to the second round, and the Bucs would love to grab one of them. But with the Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars picking ahead of them, there's a realistic chance that none of Noah Spence, Kevin Dodd and Emmanuel Ogbah will be available.

In my view, and that of many, Spence is arguably the best pure edge rusher in the draft. I would expect the Cowboys to be targeting him -- he's exactly the kind of player that Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli loves. Dodd is more of a base defensive end who can also rush from the inside, while Ogbah's a terrifically talented athlete with horrendously inconsistent film.

The Bucs themselves may try to trade up as well. One report yesterday suggested that the Bucs could target Noah Spence in a trade up back into the first round, but a move to go up and get him now would obviously be cheaper. They still have Mike Glennon as trade bait, and picked up an extra high fourth-round pick yesterday from the Chicago Bears. But they'd have to jump up seven spots to get to the Browns, while the Cowboys only have to bridge two.