It's one thing to assess a draft-day trade-up based on the picks sacrificed to acquire a particular player. It's quite another to attach names to those picks, and that's exactly what Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones did this week in detailing the club's move to trade the Nos. 47 and 78 overall picks to the Washington Redskins to move up and draft Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence at No. 34.
"I would say that Ealy was probably our next pick. Sometimes what you read isn't always true, in terms of the (Timmy) Jernigans of the world and people like that -- we really didn't have him in that mix," Jones said Tuesday during a conference call with Cowboys season-ticket holders, per the team's official website. "We really felt like we needed some help at the right end after losing DeMarcus (Ware)."
"We gave up, probably, what would have been a starting-type player ... we probably would have ended up, believe it or not, picking another guard there. There was a guard where we were going to pick there, Trai Turner from LSU, that we liked a lot," Jones said.