Jerry Jones on draft: We should think out of the box, be contrarians

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One of the talking points about this year’s draft has been that there isn’t a great deal of high-end talent available and the Cowboys appear to subscribe to that theory.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones said at a Tuesday press conference that the first two rounds are “a little more thin” than in other years and that the team has 14-16 players with first-round grades. Jones said the strength of the draft is the depth available in the middle rounds and that feeling has led to speculation that more teams will want to trade down than up later this week.

That same thought process would make getting one of those top players all the more valuable, so one could read Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ answer to a question about draft strategy as a sign that the team might try to move up from No. 24 on Thursday night.

“We should be thinking out of the box. We should be contrarians,” Jones said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

Any trade would require the Cowboys to find a partner willing to give up their spot. If the conventional wisdom about this draft is correct, that might not be a problem.

24 responses to “Jerry Jones on draft: We should think out of the box, be contrarians

  1. Lol. When it comes to the draft, Jerruh was the most “in the box/conventional” thinker besides Al Davis. “This guy is great in one single metric in the Combine, a metric that has no correlation to NFL play, like 40 yard dash? That’s a first round pick!!!”

  2. Translation = the cowboys are taking a lot of bizarre picks and hopefully we hit on SOMEONE!

  3. If there are very few high-end players, why would it be easy for the Cowboys to trade up to get one of them? The teams drafting in the top 15 or so should be holding onto those picks to get one of the few elite players. If you want to trade up into the back half of the first round, then you probably wouldn’t have a problem finding a taker.

  4. Whatever you do, GM Jerruh, the whole league wants you to continue. Throw dollars after debris!

  5. Is he really “thinking outside the box” or has he just discovered the Constanza method? Either way, Jerrald is getting upset!

  6. Think outside of the box, yes. For example; contrary to conventional wisdom, you should wait until the 4th round to find your next franchise QB.

  7. Because inside the box Thinking would have gotten him Connor cook, but since the raiders wanted to screw with him, due to JJ’s no vote on the move, at that time it may have been to Carson ca,
    raiders took cool, and left Dak to the big D.

    And I’m sure he’s happy with lamb instead of Ruggs.

    Seems his box has leaks anyway.

  8. They got lucky with Micah Parsons so they now think they have the draft wired lol.

  9. Jerry is trying to prepare for a trade up at a “reasonable price” if an elite OT such as Charles Cross starts to slide into the early teens. The Cowboys started other eventual LTs at LG (Larry Allen and Flozell Adams come to mind) the first year or two while the current starter finished his career at LT. This might be worth a trade up rather than sitting and selecting a true LG such as Green or Johnson who does not have the position flexibility to eventually move outside.

  10. Being a contrarian or “thinking out of the box” doesn’t mean you are doing the right thing. The Popular idea might be right. It’s more about the analysis of as many scenarios as possible in as much detail as possible. Then doing what you think is right based on the analysis.

  11. Sounds like Jerry is going to attempt show everyone how smart they are by overthinking or outthinking themselves.

  12. There are three options: (1) stay put; (2) trade up; or (3) trade down. There’s not much of a box to think outside of. Besides its more of a triangle.

  13. Watch out Cowboy fans, sounds like Jerruh is feeling a little frisky! Seriously though, someone already said it – you can’t believe much of what any of these GM/ personnel guys say right before the draft.

  14. sameer1138 says:
    April 26, 2022 at 2:13 pm
    Lol. When it comes to the draft, Jerruh was the most “in the box/conventional” thinker besides Al Davis. “This guy is great in one single metric in the Combine, a metric that has no correlation to NFL play, like 40 yard dash? That’s a first round pick!!!”

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    Weird how they are ranked as a top 5 successful drafting team in the last decade though isn’t it? One thing the Cowboys have done is draft better than most. They just pick the wrong head coaches.

  15. Love how Cowboy’s haters just say ignorant crap without even knowing what they are talking about just to hate. Dallas has been drafting well for the last decade. At least hate on something for the right reasons. You only show your own ignorance by just making stupid comments.

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