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Joneses Defend 1st Round Move

Dallas traded down from 18 to 31 in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft

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    The Dallas Cowboys are getting a lot of guff today for their movin’ & shakin’ in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft--they traded down from No. 18 to 31 in a deal with the 49ers--but executive vice president Stephen Jones believes the move was a solid one.

    “There are a whole lot of [trade charts],” Stephen Jones said Thursday night, per the Dallas Morning News. “We have one that we work off of and we do update it. I would say that on the ones that we have, for the most part, we either won or hit right on it. This was also a draft where moving back, usually the ones who were moving back were not getting near what they should have had. We felt like we got right on it.”

    Stephen Jones’ father, owner and general manager Jerry Jones, was also quick to dismiss any criticism of the team’s handling of the opening night of the draft.

    “It’s a mistake to think that transactions go by any trade chart,” Jerry Jones said. “We invented trade charts, invented them in the NFL. You had a trade today that was off the charts on trade charts, so it still boils down to the right time at the right place and, does it fit you?”

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