Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones didn’t get in many words during Monday’s pre-draft press conference at Valley Ranch. His father did the majority of the talking. On Tuesday, Jones had an opportunity to get a little more in-depth with how the Cowboys are approaching the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft, including the chances of trading out of the No. 18 spot. “I don’t think we’ll know that until we see who’s there,” Jones told The Blitz on KZDC-AM 1250 in San Antonio. “I do think it’s very possible that we could [trade] out of that pick depending on who’s there. “It’s a very unique draft. In the 22 years I’ve been in the league, I don’t think I have ever seen a draft where it lacks the high-powered guys up at the top.” Jones was referring to the skill players like quarterback, running back and wide receiver on offense and pass rusher and corner on defense. “There’s a few but not nearly as many as there has been in the past, so it becomes a whole lot more of a crapshoot in terms of what might actually be there,” Jones said. “I think there’s as good a chance that we move out of the pick [as there is] that we stay with it.” Two of the Cowboys’ top skill players were acquired via first-round draft-day trades. Cornerback Morris Claiborne was selected after the Cowboys traded up to the sixth overall pick last year and Dez Bryant was drafted after Dallas traded up to No. 24 in 2010. Could a similar trade-up happen again this year? Jones said he didn’t “necessarily see that” but mentioned earlier that he “wouldn’t rule it out.” West Virginia slot receiver Tavon Austin is an interesting name to keep an eye on. He’s certainly a prospect that fits the mold of the skill players Jones was talking about. Austin, who ran a 4.34 40-yard dash, caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He also scored three rushing touchdowns and added two more scores in the return game. Many see Austin as being the top offensive skill player in this draft.
Stephen Jones: 50/50 chance that the Dallas Cowboys draft at No. 18
Dallas Morning News | Apr 25