IRVING, Texas — For those of you watching on television, it may have looked the Cowboys passed on the 51st pick, before eventually trading it away to the Buffalo Bills, but that was not the case. I am told the official war room terminology for what happened is that the Cowboys got caught without a player.
Sources inside the Cowboys organization tell me the reason Jerry Jones opted not to pick at 51 is because all of the players at the Cowboys’ positions of need were taken. The Cowboys entered the draft looking for safeties and wide receivers, but Louis Delmas went at the top of the second round to the lions, Patrick Chung went next at No. 34 to the Patriots and Brian Robiskie went to the Browns two picks later. With those guys off the board, Jones set his sights on offensive lineman Max Unger. But when the Seahawks took Unger just two picks before their own, Jones decided the Cowboys would be able to get a bigger bang for their buck with tomorrow’s price tag and moved back into the third and fourth round.
A typical Jerry Jones draft usually includes at least one move up the board to select the player he covets. When I spoke to Jones earlier in the day he indicated that wanted to move up, but it looked like he was going to have to stay at No. 51.
Of course, we now know that didn’t happen. The Cowboys traded the 51st pick to Buffalo in exchange for the 75th and 110th pick. This is extremely uncharacteristic of trader Jerry to not have any movement in the first two rounds, but unless something drastic happens, it doesn’t look as if the Cowboys will be selecting their first player until Day 2, when the team will have 12 picks.
– Michelle Beisner