Stephen Jones said the Cowboys were prepared to trade back into the third round for an offensive lineman, but that their target was taken a few picks before they were ready.
“We had a neat little deal set up,” he said. “It was going to be a nice pick for us, too, if it would have worked out. It’s probably not fair to share, but it was something that was real close.”
Jones said the Cowboys would have traded a future pick, not a 2013 pick.
Five linemen went in the last 12 picks of the third round. They were guard Chris Watt to the Chargers, guard Trai Turner to the Panthers, guard Brandon Linder to the Jaguars, tackle Michael Schofield to the Broncos and tackle Brandon Thomas to the 49ers.
“We got the rug pulled out from us about two picks away at the bottom of the third,” Jones said.
-- Carlos Mendez