According to Cowboys’ executive vice president Stephen Jones, there’s a pretty good chance that Dallas will trade their No. 18 overall pick in Thursday’s draft.
“I don’t think we’ll know that until we see who’s there,” Jones told KZDC-AM 1250 in San Antonio, via the Dallas Morning News. “I do think it’s very possible that we could [trade] out of that pick depending on who’s there.
“It’s a very unique draft. In the 22 years I’ve been in the league, I don’t think I have ever seen a draft where it lacks the high-powered guys up at the top.”
Dallas has traded up in two of the last three NFL Drafts. The moved up to 18 to land Dez Bryant in 2010 and jumped to sixth to land cornerback Morris Claiborne a year ago. Jerry Jones said this week that it was more likely that the team would trade down this year.
Obviously, the offensive line is the No. 1 priority for Dallas, but Stephen Jones and co. don’t want to address the position if it means getting an overall lesser player.
"With obviously our commitment of resources we made to [Tony] Romo, what you want to do is keep him standing up and keep him healthy," Jones said. "If the right situation occurs there to help protect him in the offensive line then you’ve got to take a look at that. At the same time, you can’t compromise the integrity of your board. One way, if you don’t have the best offensive line, then get guys that get open quick, so that could be something we look at as well."
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