Cowboys open to trading down from No. 18

The salary-cap strapped Dallas Cowboys need some young talent. In a big way.

The team has done quite well in the first round the last several seasons, adding wide receiver Dez Bryant, offensive tackle Tyron Smith and cornerback Morris Claiborne. They need to find another high quality starter and they are selecting 18th in the first round.

But the team could be enticed to move down and add more picks and depth to the draft.

I don’t think we’ll know that until we see who’s there,” vice president Stephen Jones said on KZDC-AM 1250 in San Antonio, according to the Dallas Morning News. “I do think it’s very possible that we could (trade) out of that pick depending on who’s there.

“It’s a very unique draft. In the 22 years I’ve been in the league, I don’t think I have ever seen a draft where it lacks the high-powered guys up at the top.”

Whatever Dallas does, it needs to secure some quality players in the first few rounds because cap issues that haunted the team this offseason are not going away. The Cowboys are going to face tough financial decisions moving forward and the only way to alleviate those issues is to develop younger, cheaper options.

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