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May 12, 2014

Garrett says pressing needs make Cowboys draft players who can help now, rather than developmental QB

For the fifth straight year, the Cowboys did not draft a quarterback.

The only new quarterbacks on the roster are Brandon Weeden, drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round two years ago, veteran backup Caleb Hanie and undrafted free agent Dustin Vaughan of West Texas A&M, signed after the draft in part to help with the rookie mini-camp this weekend.

Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys know some teams like to draft a quarterback every year and develop them, either for themselves or to trade. But he said the Cowboys would rather take a player who can contribute much sooner.

“There’s been a theory around the league that teams like Green Bay, for years, always took a guy late, and if that player developed into something, that was a good thing for their team or to trade to somebody else,” Garrett said Saturday after the Cowboys completed a draft of nine players, two on offense, seven on defense. “And there are some examples of them doing that. And that’s a philosophy a lot of teams, they agree with that. But when you have other issues on your team, I think it becomes a little bit of a luxury to do that when you feel good about your starter and you feel good about your backups. We feel like it’s better to take a position player or a guy we know can contribute on special teams instead of trying to develop that guy.”

The Cowboys have drafted only five quarterbacks since Jerry Jones bought the team – Troy Aikman with the first pick of the first round in 1989, Bill Musgrave in the fourth round in 1991, Quincy Carter in the second round in 2001 and Stephen McGee in the fourth round in 2009.

Before the Aikman draft, the first under former coach Jimmie Johnson, the Cowboys drafted quarterbacks in six out of nine drafts – 1988 (Scott Secules), 1987 (Kevin Sweeney), 1986 (Stan Gelbaugh), 1984 (Steve Pelleur), 1983 (Reggie Collier) and 1980 (Gary Hogeboom).

-- Carlos Mendez

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