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April 29, 2012

Garrett says Cowboys didn't pick players just for their character

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has a reputation for liking overachievers, but he said the Cowboys’ seven draftees weren’t chosen strictly because of their character. They can all play, too.

“It’s not like they are ‘makeup’ guys, undersized guys who will run through the wall for you but they can’t play in the NFL,” Garrett said Saturday night after the Cowboys finished picking in the three-day draft. “These guys have the physical traits to play. ... They are big enough, long enough, fast enough. They have the traits that are required to play their position.”

In addition, they weren’t taken strictly for special teams, either, Garrett said.

“We feel like they can be position players for us,” he said. “We are fortunate that at least the bottom five guys can be really good special teams players for us, as well.”

Owner Jerry Jones was impressed by that, too.

“Jason grabbed me after the draft, and he said what is so neat about what we’ve done here is we really addressed, we really got core-based players by all legitimacy, yet we got some position done well with this draft.”

Garrett said talent matters, but character will maximize talent.

"If you look at the character of each of them, we believe they have the makeup to be really good players," Garrett said. "Why do we think that is so important? We feel like that allows them, as much as anything else, to achieve their potential. Our experience has been, when you have a lot of these kinds of guys on your football team, you practice better and you play better. It’s infectious."

-- Carlos Mendez

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Im tired of Jason excuses If he does not win the division and advance in the play offs he needs to go. He had onlu one good draft pick the rest are average just like his record. He had better successbwith the un drafted players in Scott and Dumbar. It was funny to see thw defensive coordinator take control of the draft in the war room. This team will be no better then 8-8 sorry Cowboy fans add another year or 16 years with one play off win. Dallas could of signed aveteran prove back ip RB for the minium then trade useless Felix Jones for draft picks but Jerry no Texan he is a Arkansas man who tries to profit from Texans. I bet he hates Texas Longhorns but he must forgot he won his Super.Bowl training lin Austin Texas home of the Texas Longhorns!!!

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