Cowboys vice president and director of player personnel Stephen Jones doubts the team will trade up from the 14th overall pick in this month’s NFL Draft, but he believes the folks in Dallas’s war room must be ready to trade down if need be.
The idea that Dallas could trade down isn’t a new one. Just this week, ESPN Draft expert Todd McShay suggested that they might make such a move to land Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw, who is projected to go well after the Cowboys’ pick, at 20th-25th overall.
Then again, the team might stay put at 14 to land one of Upshaw’s Crimson Tide teammates, safety Mark Barron or corner Dre Kirkpatrick, or Stanford guard David DeCastro. Predictably, Dallas is playing it close to the vest as the draft draws near, and it seems the only option we can count out is that of the team moving up.
"I think you've got to be willing and able to make some good, quick decisions," Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. "If the right guy is there, a guy that has equal value to the 14th pick or better value, I would submit to you we pick away.
"I don't think it's probably in the cards this time that we move up. But if the right guy is not there for the value, we've got to be prepared to move down."
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