Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager says the team fielded a number of trade offers while they were on the clock, but that none of them were enticing enough to sway them from staying put and selecting Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin with their No. 16 overall pick.
“We spent a lot of time on possible trades back,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “We spent almost eight or nine minutes looking at that.”
According to a report, Dallas had Martin graded as high as Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, widely considered to be a prime target for the team going into the draft, but one they wouldn’t have a shot at without trading up--and, sure enough, Donald went to the Rams at 13th overall.
Three picks later the Cowboys thought long and hard about their options, even admitting that they got some “firm” offers, but Martin ultimately won out.
“By definition, you could count some offers that we had there as firm offers,” Jones said. “We obviously didn’t take it or we would’ve made the trade.”
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