IRVING, Texas (AP) - Jerry Jones is so-o-o-o in his element at
He has two first-round picks, the only team with such lavish
trade bait. His depth chart is already loaded, returning nearly
every key player from the NFC's top-seeded team last season. And,
perhaps best of all, the clock will be ticking faster than ever -
just 10 minutes to make potentially franchise-altering decisions in
the first round, seven minutes in the second round.
Wheeling and dealing built the fortune Jones used to buy the
Cowboys, and he's kept at it in the NFL. Sure, the former oil
wildcatter has hit plenty of dry holes on draft day, but he keeps
coming back for more.
Dallas has the 22nd and 28th overall picks going into tomorrow's
NFL Draft. Ever the optimist, Jones is thrilled to have two picks
in the bottom-third of the first round, calling them a better value
than the expensive picks in the top 10.
Dallas also has No. 61, the third-to-last pick of the second
round Saturday. On Sunday, the Cowboys have the 27th, 28th or 29th
pick in the third through seventh rounds - except for the sixth,
when they have the top choice courtesy of a trade with Miami.