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5 takeaways from team’s pre-NFL draft press conference

FRISCO, Texas — Just two days prior to the 2022 NFL draft, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, executive vice president Stephen Jones and head coach Mike McCarthy held a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

If fans who tuned in for only portions of the 45-plus-minute conversation derived conflicting messages, forgive them: The traditional draft-week filibustering was in full force.

But through the votes for and against unconventionality and the voices with both concern and encouragement about this draft class’s available talent, the Cowboys shed some light on how they view their current roster and what that might mean for their nine draft picks, beginning with the 24th overall selection Thursday night. Here are USA TODAY Sports’ five key takeaways from the session:

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The Cowboys owner, who serves as general manager as well, asserted that winning in a league of parity demands creativity.

“We will be unconventional if we think it will help our team,” Jones said.

Yet later, as he preached accountability’s eternal importance, the 79-year-old weighed in on where his philosophies have shifted since his 1989 purchase of the Cowboys.

“There’s probably less risk-taking in me today than it probably was around 30-something years ago,” he said.

Upon first listen, the two mindsets seem incongruent. But Jones explained further that he’s less likely to pay top dollar or draft premium for players whose availability and immediate readiness he can’t rely on. Jones cited that availability concern in defending why the Cowboys lost pass rusher Randy Gregory to the Broncos in free agency, and he reasoned 2021 second-round cornerback Kelvin Joseph’s history of red flags by saying “we thought he was one of the top,…

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Publish date : 2022-04-26 22:36:32

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