The biggest question surrounding the Dallas Cowboys and the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft is whether they can pass on an immediate impact player for a potential franchise quarterback of the future?
"I mean you have to look at it. You’re not naive to it but if you have the opportunity in this league, in our situation, to get a potential franchise quarterback, then you have to make the investment. You have to have the patience. You sacrifice maybe that opportunity that maybe is impactful right now."
The team is admittedly doing their due diligence in evaluating first-round quarterbacks for the first time since taking Troy Aikman first overall in 1989 in hopes of finding a future franchise quarterback to take over for Tony Romo.
But the Cowboys also believe that Romo has a few years left and hope to win big while he is still going strong.
“He may play three of four more years,” vice president Stephen Jones said. “If that were the case that is great because that means he is playing lights out for three or four more years. That means we are successful.”
Of course, arguably the best way to help the Cowboys be successful with Romo still at the helm is to use the fourth pick to take an immediate impact player at a position of need.
The Cowboys have huge needs at running back, linebacker, defensive end and cornerback and there could be players there to help them win in 2016 such as Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, to name a few.
But there is also a good chance that either Cal’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz —the top two quarterbacks in the draft — would still be on the board as well.
As of now, Jones said a franchise quarterback trumps all.
"I mean you have to look at it," Jones said. "You’re not naive to it, but if you have the opportunity in this league, in our situation, to get a potential franchise quarterback, then you have to make the investment. You have to have the patience. You sacrifice maybe that opportunity that maybe is impactful right now."