Once the Cowboys selected Penn State linebacker Sean Lee in the second round of this year's draft, it became quite apparent that Bobby Carpenter's days in Dallas were numbered. And now it looks like the Cowboys and Rams will swap a couple of former first-round draft picks. Carpenter, the 18th overall pick in '06, will be sent to St. Louis in exchange for Alex Barron, the 19th overall selection in '05, according to ESPNDallas.com.
BarronCarpenter and Barron are expected to take their physicals Sunday and the trade will likely be finalized Monday. I've been in touch with Carpenter via text message and he'll stop by the blog once the trade is announced. I've also asked several longtime scouts what they think of Barron. Here's what one AFC scout who asked not to be identified sent me Thursday:
"Has size and length, good reach, can slide feet, but lacks power," said the scout. "Average strength in run game. Not a very physical run blocker. Lacks some natural leverage but can use body to cover/shield [defenders]. Has good lateral slide in pass protection, but anchor can be a bit of an issue. More finesse than might. Ordinary as a starter, but has played in the league and will be an adequate backup and good spot starter."
Barron will immediately become the Cowboys' swing tackle and back up both Doug Free and Marc Colombo. This is honestly one of the fairest trades you could make. Carpenter will have a shot at starting in the Rams' 4-3 scheme and Barron should be a solid backup. And down the road, Barron might be able to replace Colombo.
When the trade's finalized, you'll be the first to know.