SAN ANTONIO - AUGUST 06: Helmets of the Dallas Cowboys during training camp at the Alamodome on August 6, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Recent reports that had the Dallas Cowboys looking to trade up in Thursday's draft added to the anticipation of the days leading up, with one columnist and draft expert insinuating that they may be making a play for former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant. Stephen Jones, in an interview with Richie Whitt and Newie Scruggs on 105.3 The Fan this afternoon, did little to add to this excitement.
Jones was unsurprisingly noncommittal about a potential trade and indeed anything concerning the draft.
"Well I don't know that we have anything in the hopper right now," said Jones. "I'd never say never about anything."
This would be a common refrain. On whether Dallas was leaning toward selecting a tackle to replace Flozell Adams, or provide depth behind Doug Free, Jones said, "You look at the draft, what's there, it's more than likely that most of the best tackles will be gone [at 27]."
But, Jones continued, "For the most part, we could be ready to do anything."
Jones was equally tight-lipped about the safety position, which could use some shoring up after the abrupt release of Ken Hamlin, and expressed comfort with Alan Ball, who replaced Hamlin for four weeks in 2009.
"If the right pick's not there," Jones said, "we're certainly not going to push a safety up the board."