Executive vice president Stephen Jones said the Cowboys were aiming to get younger and improve the defense during the three-day draft that netted nine players, and he is optimistic that happened.
“No question,” he said, asked if the team improved itself. “We are younger. We are better. We will have over 30 players, between our draft picks and our free agents, that’s one-third of our team drafted or signed over the last three days.”
Jones said the organization believed it needed to get younger and wants to see what it has in its newest players.
“We feel like, hey, we need to get younger,” he said. “We need to give some young guys a chance to show.”
The Cowboys selected seven defensive players in the group of nine, going so far as to trade a third-round pick for the chance to move up 13 spots in the second round and select defensive end Demarcus Lawrence of Boise State.
“We weren’t opposed to helping the offense, but obviously our bent when we came into the draft was to help the defense, and I think obviously, we took a lot of picks and did well there, and I think we got (defensive coodinator) Rod (Marinelli) a lot of defensive linemen to work with and a couple of linebackers there that we think that can really help us out, and actually got a secondary guy. We're pleased.”
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