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Jerry Thinks Linemen Will Go Early

Jerry Jones expects the best offensive linemen in this draft class to be gone by the Cowboys' turn at 18

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    The Dallas Cowboys need offensive line help. That much is clear. But with the No. 18 overall pick in this week’s 2013 NFL Draft, the top level offensive linemen will most likely be gone by the time Dallas is on the clock--meaning that the smart play might be to hold off on the offensive linemen until the second round or (maybe) later.

    "But there’s also cap reasons why these offensive linemen are going to be going early in this draft," Jerry Jones told reporters Monday, per ESPN Dallas. "Because they fit in a free agent (spot) that could play to that level. And figure what it might cost you to have one of those guys that are that, relative to what that first-or-second-round pick makes.

    “So you forgo the idea of getting the big skill players early. You forgo that idea to actually go in there and get guys that are going to be doing the blocking for them, which traditionally have been lesser guys relative to where they’re taken in the draft."

    Most experts agree that if the upper echelon of linemen on the Cowboys’ big board are gone at 18, they’ll target the defensive line or safety.

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