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Saturday, May 17, 2014
Will McClay pleased with Cowboys' draft

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- Will McClay, the Cowboys assistant director of player personnel, said he was pleased that Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones gave him and his staff an "A" for the last week's NFL draft, but there is more work to be done.

"I think we had a good draft," McClay said Friday. "We put the plan together and the guys went out and did the work so that we could put together a good board and I think we had a good draft."

One of the keys to the draft was making sure the coaches and scouts were on the same page regarding prospective draft picks.

The Cowboys made a unanimous decision in selecting Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin with the No. 16 overall pick. The Cowboys valued Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, but he was taken at No. 15 by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And despite having Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as the highest-ranked player, the Cowboys bypassed him and made a football decision in snagging Martin.

"The coaches are looking sometimes for that guy that’s ready-made because they have to win right now," McClay said. "The scouts are looking for the future, the future of the organization, and you got to marry those two."