With the first round coming into place in the final hours before the NFL Draft, there's an increasing amount of speculation that Alabama S Mark Barron won't be on the board when the Dallas Cowboys make their pick at No. 14.
According to a report from Peter King, Barron and Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill are the two players teams are most likely to trade up for, and the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 11 may end up trading down:
It's likely Tannehill goes to Miami at No. 8, obviously. If he doesn't, I don't see how he gets past the 11th pick. Not that Kansas City will take Tannehill; I don't believe the Chiefs will. But GM Scott Pioli will have interest in dealing down from 11 (he moved from 21 to 26 last year for a third-round pick), and if Tannehill or Barron is here, I guarantee he'll get a taker for the pick.
Because there are now team-controlled salary slots for first-round picks, trading up is no longer as risky as it once was, which could mean a significant increase in the amount of draft day dealing in 2012.
If the Cowboys do think Barron is the missing piece, they may have to move up to get him.