IRVING, Texas -- In 2012, the Dallas Cowboys traded up from No. 14 in the first round to No. 6 to take cornerback Morris Claiborne. In 2013, they traded down from No. 18 to No. 31 and selected Travis Frederick with an additional third-round pick in reserve.
In 20 of Jerry Jones’ 25 years as owner and general manager, the Cowboys have made a first-round trade.
With Thursday’s first round fast approaching, Jones said the phones have been quiet. And he’s OK with that.
“We haven’t found that to be particularly productive,” Jones said. “That is [an on the] clock or day of draft type of dynamic. But I would be surprised if there would not be trade opportunities by the time you get to where we’re going to be picking or certainly after.”
The Claiborne and Frederick talks happened mostly the day of the draft with the St. Louis Rams (2012) and San Francisco 49ers (2013). In 2011, the Cowboys passed on a chance to move down in a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars and stood at No. 9 and took tackle Tyron Smith.
The Cowboys are spending the final days of the draft prep going over all sorts of scenarios in which they could trade up or trade down.
“You look and try to be as ready as you can if that should happen,” Jones said. “But in general, we haven’t been talking to anybody about trades.”