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April 22, 2013

Cowboys more likely to trade down than up, Jerry Jones says

Since Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989, he has executed 59 draft-day trades. Only six times – 1989, ’98, ’03, ’05, ’06 and ’11 -- has he stood pat in the first round.

Last year, the Cowboys moved up from No. 14 to No. 6 to take cornerback Morris Claiborne, the top-rated defensive player on their draft board. They gave up their second-rounder to get him. 

The Cowboys, with only six picks this year, appear more likely to trade down than up.

“At critical positions, we all know that your line, your rushers, your corners, all of those premium positions, there are a lot of players in this year’s draft,” Jones said. “Not to just be arm-waving, but there’s a lot of depth there, so that would lend itself to trades. Can you get enamored with a specific player? Of course you can. And so, that may mean it’s worth some picks to go up there and get him. I’m inclined trading down, and that’s probably more likely to see something like that than you would up.”

But Jones said he will listen to all offers on draft day.

-- Charean Williams

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