By the time the 2012 NFL Draft came to an end on Saturday, owner and general manager Jerry Jones was confident that he had a better team than he did at this time last year--not only as a product of the draft, but as a product of the team’s movement in free agency as well.
“I think we're better. And we're certainly better with what we did in free agency and certainly just all the way around,” Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. “Yes, it wouldn't surprise me to see really again 30 percent new faces on this roster with what we've done by the time we finished here tonight.”
Of course, the most flashy part of the Cowboys’ 2012 draft (the only flashy part, really) was trading up from no. 14 to no. 6 in order to land CB Morris Claiborne in the first, a move that came at the cost of their second round pick. From then on, Dallas stuck to the script, despite having at least one trade offer sent their way.
“As you can see, we didn't do a lot of moving around and we went with our picks, and the biggest reasons was when we were ready to pick right there, there was a player there we really liked and really fit what we were trying to get accomplished for our team,” said Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones. “We stayed right there. We had a chance to move down and around and up, but we felt really comfortable with our board.”
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