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Jerry Jones’ history makes a trade up or down in round one likely

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The first question that arises when linking Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald to the Cowboys is whether Donald will be on the board when the Cowboys pick at No. 16.

The better question may be whether the Cowboys would trade up to get him.

In 20 of the 25 drafts run by Cowboys owner/G.M. Jerry Jones, he has made a trade up or a trade down in round one.  Twenty of 25.

Eighty percent of the time, Jones makes a move.

He has traded up.  He has traded down.  He has traded down multiples times.  He has traded down then up.

He has traded two first-round picks for a veteran receiver (Joey Galloway).  Jones has traded another first-round pick for another veteran receiver (Roy Williams).

The point is that, more often than not, Jones finds a way to break from the slot he has earned and to make something happen, either by moving up to get a guy he wants or moving down to get some more picks.

So, yes, there’s a great chance Donald won’t be there at No. 16.  There’s also a good chance the Cowboys won’t be there at No. 16, either.

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46 Responses to “Jerry Jones’ history makes a trade up or down in round one likely”
  1. fissels says: Apr 15, 2014 1:08 PM

    Jerry likes to show how smart he is (or not)

  2. h3min1230 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:09 PM

    Wow, look at that grin.

  3. bbb82 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:10 PM

    Interesting observation.

  4. fissilemissile says: Apr 15, 2014 1:11 PM

    I hope Jerruh makes the decisions for the Cowboys for a long time coming, because as long as he’s in control, I won’t have to ever see them win.

  5. daysend564 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:11 PM

    Trade down to #20, pick up an extra 4th and still get the position that will make the most difference for the team (Pryor, Dix).

  6. tvjules says: Apr 15, 2014 1:11 PM

    Trade up for Manziel. Rich Texan, spotlight hound, irreverent style, good drinker. Perfect fit.

  7. clashpoint says: Apr 15, 2014 1:11 PM

    Why he’s even traded the Cowboys’ chances at being a relevant team come playoff time, for absolute power over every critical football decision and any chance at getting a coach with high self-esteem or self-respect.

  8. blacknole08 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:13 PM

    So he has a history for trading multiple picks for washed up receivers, trading down for players he could have gotten in later rounds and trading up for players who may have slid to his slot had he stayed put?


  9. theclink12 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:17 PM

    80% of the time he trades up or down in round 1…yet they always finish 8-8.

    Might be time to change the strategy a little, Jerrah.

  10. doe22us says: Apr 15, 2014 1:18 PM

    Still a .500 useless team.. so whether he does up, up, down, down, a..b.. nothing changes.

  11. chargrz says: Apr 15, 2014 1:23 PM

    NFC’s version of Al Davis.

  12. oldcracker says: Apr 15, 2014 1:23 PM

    Jerry is playing Madden with the real players and money.

  13. floriosnuts says: Apr 15, 2014 1:28 PM

    How’d Galloway and Williams work out? By just about every metric in the book Jerry is in the bottom 10% of GM for the last decade. His record is an astonishing middle finger to all the Dallas fans.

  14. selldannysell says: Apr 15, 2014 1:29 PM

    And even if his first-round draft strategy doesn’t work next month, at least the Cowboys will always generate monster TV ratings.

  15. razzzmajazzz says: Apr 15, 2014 1:30 PM

    Given Jerry’s history a draft bust is inevitable. No matter where they pick.

  16. grndizzle says: Apr 15, 2014 1:31 PM

    Hard to believe someone was willing to give up 2 1st’s for Galloway, or 1 for Williams.

    Good ol Jerry!

  17. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 15, 2014 1:33 PM

    You know why? Because trading is fun.

  18. sprest83 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:35 PM

    I am expecting the Boys to trade back. To around 20-22.

  19. mshawn75 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:37 PM

    And 80% of the time the Cowboys are pre-season headlines, and not post-season.

  20. athwartships says: Apr 15, 2014 1:37 PM

    16th pick?

    Maybe picking dead middle after how many seasons ending in .500 is too much for him to take and moving one direction or the other in the draft might help break the streak.

    He’ll probably then listen to his own radio interviews for advice on who to take.

  21. jaxcliff says: Apr 15, 2014 1:41 PM

    Somehow I get the feeling the Cowboys’ draft room prominently features a monkey and a dart board …

  22. catquick says: Apr 15, 2014 1:41 PM

    Can you imagine the megalomania if the ever somehow actually won the Super Bowl?

  23. aaronrsmith1212 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:42 PM

    As deep of a draft as this is supposed to be and knowing the types of holes Dallas needs to fill, he should trade down and get more picks.

  24. jerrysbrother says: Apr 15, 2014 1:52 PM

    From a HUGE Cowboy fan……Jerry please retire!!!!

  25. gammynomnom says: Apr 15, 2014 1:55 PM

    remember when you yools laghed at him last year for trading back and taking Travis Frederick and Terrance Williams?

    Ya, that’s a starting center who made the NFL all rookie team while all of those top pick O linemen stunk it up around the league and a WR that caught 5 tds and 730 yards as a #3 and will be a starter this year. suck it haters!

  26. usmutts says: Apr 15, 2014 1:56 PM

    The real bad news for Cowboys fans is that Jerry is teaching his boy Stephen everything he knows.

  27. politicallyincorrect says: Apr 15, 2014 2:01 PM

    JJ is simply a tool.

    Cowgirls are Perpetual Mediocrity and will stay that way as long as JJ is around… dude employs the dumbest GM and HC in the entire league!

  28. snaponrules says: Apr 15, 2014 2:06 PM

    Doesnt matter how bad jerrah is at picking players. Even he is smart enough to know that it doesnt matter how many wins the team gets the moronic cowboys fans will still fill the stadium and keep buying the ugly cowboy stuff.

  29. fringetastic says: Apr 15, 2014 2:08 PM

    And that is part of why I don’t bother reading mock drafts.

  30. gofor2with3pointlead says: Apr 15, 2014 2:11 PM

    Well it does freeze in Dallas from time to time.

  31. trollaikman8 says: Apr 15, 2014 2:21 PM

    If anyone plans on downloading and saving that picture of Jerry, please save it as “DelusionsOfGrandeur.jpg”

  32. blowtorch1964 says: Apr 15, 2014 2:25 PM

    If he wants Donald, he better trade up to a spot before #12. Giants will take him if he is still on the board.

  33. MichaelEdits says: Apr 15, 2014 2:39 PM

    What can they trade their GM for?

  34. sbchampsagain says: Apr 15, 2014 2:45 PM

    Travis Frederick in the first round.
    ‘Nuff said.

  35. citizenstrange says: Apr 15, 2014 2:54 PM

    I heard that the Cowboys are going to move from 18 to 22. I’m talking about the dollars they charge for a margarita at Cowboy Stadium of course.

  36. kelsey59 says: Apr 15, 2014 3:22 PM

    Is he going to show us his draft board ahead of time like last year.

  37. footballhistorian says: Apr 15, 2014 3:28 PM

    Always the big splash where the splashin’s easy. With Parcells and Johnson – the beauty of Dallas drafts were in the later rounds…specifically where Jone’s ineptitude is at its maximum…

  38. thetroofishere says: Apr 15, 2014 3:31 PM

    For those Jerry haters…how many Super Bowls does GM have on his resume?

    If your GM isn’t named Belicheck, at max you have two. Last time I checked…

    3 > 2

  39. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 15, 2014 6:51 PM

    Jerry’s enormous ego wants to appear to be the smartest guy in the draft room. Moving up to get Donald is tempting but in the end, probably not worth the price.

    If Donald and Jernigan are off the board, then trading down to select late in the first makes sense.

  40. tangysizzl says: Apr 15, 2014 7:33 PM

    Please trade up for Donald because I don’t want this guy playing in the NFC North, unless its for the Packers.

  41. ytownjoe says: Apr 15, 2014 8:24 PM

    Wow. No wonder they never get better.

  42. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Apr 15, 2014 11:43 PM

    Jerry Jones may be savvy in certain areas, but when it comes to his work as an NFL GM (where he hired himself) — I get the distinct feeling he is considered a rube who doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.

    He reminds me of the bold, yet atrocious, fantasy football owner — the moron who makes bold strokes almost exclusively blow up in his face.

  43. grruffgrruff says: Apr 16, 2014 12:42 PM

    Up to 9 for Anthony Barr.

  44. mtntexas says: Apr 16, 2014 3:52 PM

    Imagine that Charlie Manson wins the Powerball lottery and subsequently buys a string of child care centers before buying the Alamo for a parking garage. THAT is the kind of hatred that Dallas Cowboys fans have for Jerry Jones. Allowing this rube to buy our team and represent our city / area triggers a gag response in most fans. He IS a turd in the punchbowl to the NFL.
    Nobody here will be surprised if he drafts an amputee with our first round pick.

  45. vegasdestroyer says: Apr 17, 2014 2:22 PM

    Poor Jerry won’t know what to do if Johnny Football is available at 18.

  46. usdcoyotesfan says: Apr 18, 2014 2:11 AM

    The Cowboys have gone 8-8 three years in a row. They’re 136-136 since the beginning of the 1997 season. If that doesn’t spell mediocre, I don’t know what does.

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