Nothing the Dallas Cowboys do ever surprises anyone. If it does, that person obviously isn’t familiar with America’s Team. Opinions on what the Cowboys should do with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft are as diverse as the population in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, yet they don’t affect the mindset of team owner Jerry Jones one iota.
Some folks think the Cowboys should trade up in the draft to take a playmaker in the top 10 picks, some want Dallas to trade down and acquire more late picks and some feel the team should stay put at No. 14. Within these three sects of fans/analysts, there are about 30 different players who the Cowboys “should” draft at these various positions in the first round. Jones says he’s open to all of it and has already explored his options.
“It would be inordinate for there not to be some talking from teams, if we could have interested in up or down,” Jones said. “It’s business as usual. The answer is you get calls two, three days before the draft and have made them, too.”
So the Cowboys have already fielded and made calls about trading the No. 14 pick up and down. Excuse the emphasis there, but this just goes to show that anything Jones says/does shouldn’t be taken as a surprise. He’s always open to all options, which is a good thing, especially for a team trying to get back into title contention with what many believe is already a talented roster.
Jones went on to say the new system for rookie salaries makes moving up more enticing than ever before, so don’t be surprised if the Cowboys move up and take a player you haven’t heard associated with the team. Regardless of what Dallas actually does on Thursday night will remain a mystery until something happens, but it will be fun to watch.