NFL Draft 2016: Cowboys tried to trade up for Paxton Lynch

The Denver Broncos traded up six spots to draft quarterback Paxton Lynch in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft last night. The reason behind the move up to get the former Memphis Tiger had a lot to do with another team being in the hunt and it looks like that team was the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys took Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick in the draft and, before the Philadelphia Eagles moved up to the second spot in the draft, many thought the team might actually take quarterback Carson Wentz.

It didn’t work out that way, but NFL Media senior analyst Ian Rapoport said that they were in play to move up later in the first round.

The #Cowboys tried to trade back into the first round, and I'm told it was for #Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. They couldn't do it.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 29, 2016

The Cowboys know that they need a quarterback at some point in the draft to train under Tony Romo to eventually replace him when he retires. They could still find a great quarterback and it would not be a huge surprise to see them select one on Day 2.

It won’t be Paxton Lynch, but they will certainly be picking someone up before Day 2 is over with.

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