Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team entertained three offers for the No. 9 pick, which they eventually kept to select offensive tackle Tyron Smith, and that the team considered moving back into the first round for a defensive end.
"We looked at potential trade-ups down at the end of the first round," he said. "That was an area of interest."
Jones gave every indication he was comfortable with the selection of an offensive lineman in the first round, a first for the Cowboys in his ownership.
"I would have hated that we might not have addressed as important a position as the offensive line with the high pick that we had," he said.
He said it was no big deal that the pick wasn't a choice at a "splashy" position.
"I think our fans are sophisticated enough to know how important a talented offensive lineman can be," he said. "We've had a lot of big splashes around here lately with the new stadium and the Super Bowl. I'm certainly not disappointed about not making a big splash."