Jerry Jones wants best available player in draft

A pass rusher to play opposite of DeMarcus Ware, an interior offensive lineman and an elite cornerback are most likely on the Cowboys’ wish list entering the offseason. How the franchise will fill those positions is a mystery at this point. Jerry Jones could upgrade through the draft or via free agency.

In a interview that was posted earlier this week on the Cowboys’ official website, Jones was asked how he will improve the roster.

“Not at the cost of not taking the best player available,” responded Jones, the team’s owner and general manager. “If we’re going to pinpoint a player that’s probably best served in a free-agent decision. But when we get in that draft, we need to look at where we’ve got them on that draft board, where we’ve place them. That’s a process I feel very good about.

“Now, if you’re trying to jury-rig that board to help at a certain position, first of all, nothing’s assured that that player can come in and play for you that year. It’s important to us that we look to real positions of need, and say, ‘Well, if we’re going to do something different, different from within, then we probably need to address that first and foremost in free agency.'”

Selecting the best player available was something the Cowboys did last year in the second round. North Carolina linebacker Bruce Carter was widely regarded as a first-round talent that fell because of a knee injury. Jones pulled the trigger at No. 40 overall. Carter struggled to get on the field this season, missing the first six games rehabilitating his reconstructed left knee. Despite only collecting eight tackles, the Cowboys organization remains optimistic about Carter’s future.

The Cowboys could be serious players in free agency, considering they could have $12 million to $18 million in cap space.

But will that be enough money?

“Well, that’s a broad question,” Jones said. “Do we have enough reserves in this country to take care of all this money we’re spending out here, later on down the road? The real world is there’s never enough. But we are in a system that has a limited amount in there. We can do some things.”

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