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Jones predicts calm before Dallas' draft storm


Jones predicts calm before Dallas' draft storm
IRVING - Patience isn't a word usually associated with Jerry Jones.


But that's what the Dallas Cowboys owner will need to have today since the team is without a first-round pick in the NFL draft.

quot;We're going to put him in a straitjacket,quot; Jones' son, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones joked.

Dallas' first pick is No. 51 overall, the 19th pick in the second round. The Cowboys shipped their first-rounder to the Detroit Lions last season as part of the deal to acquire wide receiver Roy Williams.

quot;The bottom line is we'll have a slow day Saturday,quot; Jerry Jones said.

But things should be quite different Sunday, when the Cowboys have 10 picks in rounds three through seven.

quot;We'll be in a controlling position,quot; Jerry Jones said.

Dallas filled several major areas of need in free agency, signing inside linebacker Keith Brooking, defensive end Igor Olshansky and safety Gerald Sensabaugh. A trade with the Lions for Jon Kitna gave quarterback Tony Romo a veteran backup.

So with no gaping holes, the team can follow its board and try to increase depth at several positions, including safety, offensive line, cornerback, inside linebacker, receiver and defensive line.

quot;Is it possible? Absolutely,quot; Stephen Jones said of whether players drafted this weekend could start next season. quot;Is it going to be difficult? Sure it is, because we've got a veteran with experience, I think, at every spot.quot;

In addition to their second-round pick, the Cowboys have one pick in the third (No. 69 overall), two in the fourth (Nos. 101, 117), three in the fifth (Nos. 156, 166, 172), two in the sixth (Nos. 197, 208) and two in the seventh (Nos. 210, 227).

The Cowboys place high value on owning the 101st overall pick because it's the first pick of the fourth round. Jerry Jones, who called it a quot;war daddy,quot; said it's a position where teams can find quality players who have slipped for one reason or another.

Another option: It can be used as a bartering chip to trade up.

quot;We think there's good currency there if that's what you choose to do,quot; Stephen Jones said. quot;You can always trade (it) for future picks. There's good value there if someone's dying for a player.quot;

Stephen Jones didn't rule out keeping all 11 picks.

quot;These picks we take are going to have a great opportunity to come in here and push the bottom 20 players on the roster,quot; he said. quot;That's what we want, and that's why I feel like we could easily afford to take 11 picks.quot;

Most mock drafts have the Cowboys using their first pick on a safety. Some of the names mentioned include Louis Delmas of Western Michigan, Patrick Chung of Oregon and Alabama's Rashard Johnson.

One area the Cowboys hope to improve in via the draft is special teams.

quot;We've had several people, including (1990s era safety) Brock Marion, who ultimately tend to find a way to make it (from special teams) to become starters,quot; Stephen Jones said.



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Added: April 27, 2009

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