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January 23, 2014

Jerry Jones glad he spent No. 1 picks on linemen in 2013, 2011, but isn't promising he'll do it again

Jerry Jones has gotten an All-Pro player and an all-rookie team player out of the last two No. 1 picks he invested in the offensive line.

But he said that does not mean he’ll do it again.

“I gladly used those two. I don’t know that I’ve got confidence in using any more,” the Cowboys general manager said Monday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., where the top-rated guard in the draft, Baylor’s Cyril Richardson, is practicing. “This is an either-or proposition, and if you use your resources one place, you don’t have them to go another place.”

Smith, the Cowboys’ first-round pick in 2011, earned second-team All-Pro honors this season. Frederick, taken with the No. 31 pick in 2013, was the center on the Pro Football Writers of America all-rookie team.

They are only the offensive linemen drafted in the first round by the Cowboys since 1981.

“I don’t regret at all using those two No. 1s to get Frederick and Smith and don’t know if the circumstances would present themselves to use another one,” Jones said. “We have used 2s a lot, relatively speaking – not a lot – but 2s on Larry Allen, 2s on Flozell Adams. That’s a pretty high pick.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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