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January 21, 2014

Jones says Ciskowski remains in charge of Cowboys' draft board

Scouting director Tom Ciskowski remains in charge of the draft board, although rising personnel star Will McClay is in the mix.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Monday at the Senior Bowl that McClay deserves credit for bringing in the “street” players the Cowboys had to use during the season because of injury.

“Will did a great job of bringing in players throughout the year, which is really zeroing in on a lot of his responsibility,” Jones said. “And he did a great job of evaluating free agents, evaluating players that are out there.

“But as we look at the draft, not necessarily free agency, but as we look at the draft, this would be a big emphasis and is the culmination of a lot of work of these drafts and the head of our scouting, Tom Ciskowski.”

McClay is the assistant director of player personnel. Stephen Jones is the director of personnel.

“Ciskowski’s in charge of college scouting, and this is his big time to put together that board,” Jones said.

Asked if McClay will put together the final board for May, Jones said, “No. That’s Ciskowski.”

Jones elaborated: “The board is a product of a lot of people’s input – of all our scouts, and to some degree, coaches. When you say, ‘put the board together,’ you’ve been through that and you understand how that works, and you’re continually doing that position by position. Tom will continue to be the guy that we look to that is ultimately the manager of the board.”

Ciskowski interviewed for the general manager position with the Indianapolis Colts last year. He has been the Cowboys' scouting director since 2008.

-- Carlos Mendez

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