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Friday, April 26, 2013
Did Cowboys win trade? Depends on chart

By Todd Archer



IRVING, Texas – Did the Cowboys get enough in return from San Francisco in their trade of the No. 18 pick?

It is all in the eye of the beholder or a draft chart.

The Cowboys gave up the 18th pick to get the Niners’ picks at No. 31 and 74.

According to one chart, the Cowboys should have received San Francisco’s second-round pick, No. 61 overall, to make the point total more palatable.

“Not accurate,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “We actually did better than the chart.”

Jones said the Cowboys checked out two trade charts that had them winning the deal or receiving equal value. The Cowboys took center/guard Travis Frederick with the pick and have added a third-round pick for Friday’s second day.

“It’s a mistake to think that transactions go by any trade chart,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said “We invented trade charts; invented them in the NFL.”

The charts have evolved over the years and Stephen Jones said the Cowboys’ chart has evolved as well. The first round started with Miami seemingly moving up to Oakland’s third pick from No. 12 for a second-round pick.

“The ones moving back were not near what they should have been,” Stephen Jones said. “We felt we got right on it.”