The Dallas Cowboys’ Will McClay’s first draft as the team’s assistant director of player personnel drew some very high praise from owner and general manager Jerry Jones.
“I give him an A,” Jones said after the draft wrapped up on Saturday, per the Dallas Morning News. “I really do. In every phase of it, preparation, from organizing the initial days, from the Senior Bowl all the way to the combine, the organization of the board, coordination with the coaches--I’m going over all that because I’ll break it down--and I couldn’t give him anything but an A in every respect. We all know how smart he is, but he’s got a unique perspective. He’s been around this game long enough. It really came to bear in that room. He made a significant, really a significant contribution to this being a success.”
A former coach in the XFL (remember that thing?) and with the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League, McClay is especially adept at playing diplomat when the war room gets tense--as is wont to happen over the course of any draft.
“That may be his best trait,” Jones said. “He’s got great people skills. Everybody’s comfortable with him, but yet he’s real articulate. You understand clearly what he’s asking and what he’d like to get done. You put all that together and he did a great job.”
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