Jerry Jones is attending the practices at the Senior Bowl, and it appears that he keepings running into the unavoidable obstacles called microphones.
Earlier today we already looked at what Jones had to say about the Cowboys Cornerbacks. This time, Jones ruminates on what the team's biggest needs could be heading into the draft.
The good news is that Jerry Jones seems to agree that the Cowboys may have a need on the offensive line.
"You look at numbers, you’ve got five positions on the offensive line and certainly that gives you a chance to address that area because of the numbers of players that you play in that unit. But I think we look at -- and it doesn’t surprise me that we still could have a need in the offensive line because of just that."
The general consensus among Cowboys fans is that the Cowboys are stacked at the offensive skill positions, and that these are not an area of need. Jones appears to concur, but leaves the door slightly open for a best-player-approach:
"Obviously I’m pleased with where we are at quarterback and running back, receiver and tight ends. Those are areas that I feel good about that we have on the team. But that’s not to preclude from going there under the best player at the time. But we’re good there."
Jerry Jones likes the potential of the Cowboys front seven with Rob Ryan now in charge. Hopefully this does not preclude adding a stud or two to the roster here:
"I really like where we are on our front seven. Sean Lee is going to be a bigger contributor, but in general our front seven is a real positive for us in terms of personnel and I think it had a lot to do with Rob (Ryan) joining the Cowboys."
His comments on the needs in the secondary appear a bit baffling at first glance:
"And frankly our corners, if you compare us to other teams across the league we’re in good shape at corner, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t look at a corner [in the draft]. And safety, we were strong there last year, brought a lot of numbers on our roster on safety, but that’s an area we could be looking at, too."
This may be the first time I've read anyone refer to the Cowboys safeties as 'strong', unless of course Jones is literally referring to the sheer number of safeties the Cowboys had on their roster at some point last year.
Jerry Jones isn't tipping his hand in any direction. In fact, it looks like he is keeping all his options open at this early point in the preparation for the draft and a potential free agency period. But he also hasn't ruled out any specific position, which is as it should be for a team that finished with its worst record since 2004.