Cowboys Pre-Draft News & Notes: Jerry Jones Would Be "Surprised If There Are Not Trade Opportunities."

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Latest Cowboys headlines: Cowboys haven’t been talking to other teams about trading draft picks yet; Jones squashes Manziel speculation; A look at rookie draft impacts.

Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys haven’t been talking to other teams about trading draft picks | Jon Machota, DMN
Jones said yesterday that the Cowboys have not been talking to other teams about possible trades - yet.

"We haven’t heard a lot from other clubs," the Cowboys owner said during a 40-minute pre-draft press conference Tuesday at Valley Ranch. "We haven’t found that to be particularly productive. That’s day-of-draft type dynamics. I’d be surprised if there are not trade opportunities by the time you get to where we’re going to be picking or certainly afterwards."

"You can use your logic and say that this club may be a candidate for a trade if that’s what you want to think about at that particular time. We go through the (possibilities) of trades and possibilities of the phone ringing. You try to be as ready as you can if that should happen. In general, we haven’t been talking to anybody about trades."

3 Educated Guesses from Inside Cowboys Draft HQ | Mike Fisher, FOX Sports
Mike Fisher opines that the Cowboys will pull the trigger on Barr, Donald or Martin. If none of them are available, a trade-back looks like a solid contingency, with Cleveland at No. 26 or San Francisco at No. 30 possible landing spots. And finally, none of that Johnny Manziel stuff for the Cowboys.

Jones squashes Manziel speculation - Dallas Cowboys and the NFL
At the pre-draft news conference yesterday, Jerry Jones all but squashed speculation that Johnny Manziel or any other quarterback will be taken by the Cowboys in the early rounds of the NFL Draft.

"I’m not that gunned up over what a rookie quarterback could do for us this year," Jones said.

Jason Garrett chuckles as Jerry Jones answers questions about Cowboys’ chances of drafting Johnny Manziel | Jon Machota, DMN
Machota shares an observation from yesterday's press conference.

The Cowboys head coach displayed an ear-to-ear smile as Jones attempted to shoot down the possibility of Dallas taking a quarterback in the first round.

Melton wasn't 100 percent for Cowboys' first work in the field, Garrett says - Alex Mendez, Star Telegram
As expected, Henry Melton, who is recovering from a knee injury, was not 100 percent Tuesday as the Cowboys took the field for the first time in the offseason conditioning program, coach Jason Garrett said.

"We certainly have a target for him to be ready for training camp, but we’ll see what kind of progress he makes," Garrett said. "If he’s ready earlier, we’ll give him a chance to do that."

Cowboys Staff's Final Pre-Draft Press Conference - Blogging The Boys
Tom Ryle walks us through what was said, and more importantly, what was meant, by the leadership trio of the Cowboys yesterday.

Utah CB Keith McGill had over 10 visits and private workouts, one with the Cowboys | National Football Post
The Cowboys are just one of many teams showing in interest in McGill, here's a large part of the reason why:

The 6-foot-3, 211-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in the high 4.4 to low 4.5 range and registered a 39-inch vertical leap and a 10-9 broad jump. McGill has 33 1/4 inch arms and 10 1/4 hands. McGill ranked first in the pass-oriented Pac-12 Conference with with 13 passes defended and second with12 passes batted down.

As the primary cover corner for the Utes, McGill was targeted for 71 passes and allowed just a dozen receptions last season for zero touchdowns. The 16-percent completion percentage against McGill was accomplished while covering standout wide receivers like Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), Marqise Lee (USC) and Paul Richardson (Colorado.). He returned his lone interception for a touchdown.

The NFL Draft: What's Your Team's Strategy? - WSJ.com
The run-up to the NFL's annual draft is famous for rumors and misinformation. But don't worry: The Wall Street Journal has a comprehensive guide to each team's draft strategy, including a surprisingly level-headed analysis of the Cowboys:

Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones will sometimes make a splash by trading up (cornerback Morris Claiborne) or picking a flashy player (receiver Dez Bryant), but more often he loves to fill needs early, then take linebackers and defensive backs.

Teams have $80,362 for UDFA signing bonuses | ProFootballTalk
Teams will have up to $80,362 each for signing bonuses or amounts treated as signing bonuses to offer. Of course, as Cowboys fans we know from past UDFA signings that if you really want a guy, you'll have to guarantee part of his salary.

New renderings show future Cowboys site, multiuse stadium in Frisco | DMN
Renderings released Tuesday offer the first glimpse of what the new Dallas Cowboys headquarters and multiuse event center in Frisco will look like. The city's Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to consider the latest site plan on May 27.

Bayesian Draft Analysis Tool - Advanced Football Analytics
Brian Burke has developed a draft tool that shows which players will be available at which draft slot. Bad news: the model sees only a 3% chance of Aaron Donald dropping to No. 16. But it also has Anthony Barr with a 75% probability of reaching No. 16. Zack Martin? 21%. Burke goes 318 players deep, so don't lose too much time over there.

Rookie Draft Impact — FootballPerspective.com
But how much impact will the players who hear their names called during the 2014 Draft have on the 2014 season? Here’s the short answer: as a group, they will make up about 10% of games played by all players and 8% of all starts.

2014 NFL Draft: Which draft slot offers teams most success? - CBSSports.com
This article uses Career Approximate value from the last 12 years (and five years) to rank each draft slot by the cumulative CarAV over that span. If you do not understand the concept of sample size, you'll come away worried about the value of the No. 16 pick, and would probably like the Cowboys to trade up to No. 11 or down to No. 24.

Former member of Jets cheerleading squad files lawsuit against team - CBSSports.com
The Jets are now the fourth NFL team being sued by its own cheerleaders and now have to deal with a class-action lawsuit for unpaid wages and reimbursement of work-related expenses.

Five Years Later, the 2009 NFL Draft May Be the Worst Ever - Grantland
"Hey, it wasn't just us who sucked," he said as he picked up his half-full glass of water.

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