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Cowboys Not Rebuilding

While no one was more upset or disappointed with the Cowboys season last year, finishing 6-10 and last in the NFC East, Jerry Jones has said that he feels the Cowboys don’t need to rebuild to take the team back to competing for the division crown.

Jones took time out from his busy schedule to hold his annual pre-draft press conference. Jones answered questions ranging from what they will do with the number 9 overall pick, to question regarding current players who are in need of a contract extension (i.e. Doug Free). But the point Jones wanted to harp on the most is that this Cowboys team is not rebuilding.

“I don’t consider us to be rebuilding. We have a good mix of talent. I like our experience at quarterback. I like our experience at the backup quarterback. Now, you could add to that in this draft at several key positions. We could definitely use more good football players. But in terms of what we have, I think we have a lot of talent,” Jones said on Tuesday.

It would be apparent that if the Cowboys were rebuilding they would opt to trade up to get a higher pick in tomorrows draft, but Jones denied that idea. “It’s well known that I like to take risk, and you usually look real bad or you can look real good taking risk. I don’t know that that is appropriate at the top of the first round as it is when you get into the latter part of the first round or other rounds.”

It would seem that Jones is content at No. 9 and he feels that the Cowboys are likely to find a player that can step in and help right away. “You’d like to think there’s going to be a Newman there,” he said. “You’d like to think there’s going to be a Greg Ellis there. You’d like to think there’s going to be some of the players that we’ve used that pick on in the past…Roy Williams. And I know that you might have issue with me saying those picks were safe picks, but if you really look at them we thought they were pretty safe picks when we made them. I know Newman was on 21 draft boards as the No. 1 pick of the draft. We picked him in the [five] spot. When we’ve been there, which is not very often, we’ve been pretty sound, I think, on the downside of the player, in thinking what the downside is.”

Jones also said that every position is available and that he wouldn’t hesitate on pulling the trigger if the player would benefit the team. The questions has often come up about Jones refusal to spend high draft picks on offensive linemen, but Jones seems to be okay with the prospect this year.

So what will the Cowboys do with their pick? No one knows. If Jones does know he isn’t going to give us an early snapshot, we’ll just have to wait and see like everyone else. I get the feeling Jones might be in that group as well.

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