Let’s just get this out of the way first.
The Cowboys worked hard to get and deservedly got the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
That’s the flip side of finishing 4-12, the worst record since owner Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989 when the Cowboys went 1-15.
Jones understands as much and accepts as much.
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And he said on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday that he would indeed be comfortable with drafting a quarterback with the fourth pick if he was best player available.
Considering the Cowboys haven’t taken a quarterback that high since they drafted Troy Aikman in 1989, he is hoping for similar success this time if they go that route.
Of course, all Aikman did was quarterback the Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles and earned a place in the Hall of Fame.
"We've got to get the best player," Jones said. "We hear it. It's a cliche, but we hope, and we haven't even really scratched the surface in terms of an overall evaluation of what is the best player. But we're up here at the top of the draft. I don't know that we've been here since the day that I walked through the door and there set Troy Aikman.
“Tongue in cheek, didn't we do a brilliant job preparing for the future by selecting brilliantly Troy Aikman with the number one pick? But he had been sitting there and then by the time the evaluation process was over, he was the best quarterback. Did we need a quarterback or did we need a quarterback in '89? And he was the best quarterback to come along in years, and of course, it panned out. We need something like that to happen again around here."
The Cowboys need a quarterback this time to back up starter Tony Romo and to develop as a successor. Romo will be 36 next season and missed the bulk of 2015 after twice fracturing his collarbone.
The Cowboys need help at running back, cornerback and receiver too.
The evaluation process is just beginning.
But Jones is excited about what the Cowboys can do with the fourth overall pick whether it’s a quarterback or not.
He believes they have a chance to add what he believes is already a good team in place. Jones said the Cowboys earned their spot in the draft because of their record and dreadful season, but he also believes they have a chance to get back in the thick of things quickly with the return to health of Romo and receiver Dez Bryant.
The possibility of adding a top pick to the mix only enhances the Cowboys ability to improve the team and truly make a bounce-back run in 2016
"The system that we're in, the teams that don't do well get to get the best players or have the opportunity to get the best players," Jones said. "That is encouraging because I think we're going to reload in general. We're reloading with what we thought we had to some degree, to a big degree, but we're going to get to add a higher level of draft pick by definition. And we've got to get the job done.
“But still, to be able to take this team, let's look back where we were last year and draft at this level should give you better talent. And I am excited about that because I want to do everything we can to improve our team."