Fraley: Jerry Jones can’t afford to trade down and waste the Cowboys’ ninth pick
Gerry Fraley, Cowboys beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat on Monday. Here are some of the highlights:
I sense that the Cowboy Nation is about to storm the Bastille (Jerry’s War Room) on draft day in an effort to push Jerry into making better draft day decisions. Would this get Jerry’s attention?
Best question of the month.
I think Jerry has stocked the moat with extra alligators, and he has employees ready to pour boiling oil off the roof.
That said, public unrest is the best way to get Jerry Jones’ attention. As long as the sellouts continue, the suites are full and the merchandise sells, he has no reason to change his approach.
What does Jerry go for in the draft? Quality or does he trade draft picks and end up with reserve squad material?
He has a pattern of trading down, which is asking for trouble.
NFL teams win with elite players. Jones can get an elite player at No. 9. My estimate is he realizes that and takes either a DB or a DL. The defense needs help.
The “Lost Draft of 2009″ is still hanging around. Who, in your opinion, was responsible for that debacle?
Jones gave up the first-rounder in the Roy Williams deal. That put the Cowboys in a bad spot from the start.
Phillips must take some of the blame because he pushed for LBs Jason and Brandon Williams. So far, a pair of wasted picks.
Whoever thought Brewster could play was well off base, too. No one will take credit, blame, for that pick.
The draft offers nothing of immediate help. Moore, of UCLA, is the best of the lot, and he had a poor combine while displaying an attitude that put off some teams. I’d never trust a UCLA player. Soft.