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Stephen Jones says Cowboys “going in the right direction.” For a Top 3 Draft pick?

Stephen Jones speaks boldly from his filter bubble.

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When we looked at the 2021 NFL draft order last week, we saw that based on their record at the time, the Cowboys held the 11th overall pick.

A week and an embarrassing loss to Washington later, the Cowboys have moved up to the eighth overall spot, as the table below shows:

Pick Team W L T W-L% SOS
1 NY Jets 0 7 0 .000 .588
2 NY Giants 1 6 0 .143 .547
3 Jacksonville 1 6 0 .143 .565
4 Atlanta 1 6 0 .143 .569
5 Houston (-> MIA) 1 6 0 .143 .589
6 Minnesota 1 5 0 .167 .559
7 Cincinnati 1 5 1 .214 .534
8 Dallas 2 5 0 .286 .453
9 Washington 2 5 0 .286 .491
10 LA Chargers 2 4 0 .333 .452

But if you’ve watched the last two Cowboys games, you know that the Cowboys are not the eighth-worst team in the league, not by a long shot.

They are much worse.

There are probably many more sites and metrics that will ultimately all come to a similar conclusion: The Cowboys suck, regardless of whatever nonsense Stephen Jones is peddling.

Of course, he IS right if he believes the “right direction” is a Top 3 pick.

And that then begs an entirely new set of questions: What should the Cowboys do with such a pick? Jeff Cavanaugh has a pretty good suggestion (along with a few others):

Naturally, Cavanaugh’s suggestion makes way too much sense, so the Cowboys brain-trust won’t do anything even remotely close to that, especially since they believe they are going in the right direction.

What would you be looking to do with a Top 3 draft pick?