Stephen Jones stated the expected Tuesday, reiterating that upgrading the pass rush is the top priority for the Dallas Cowboys going into the NFL draft.
The second position on Jones’ mind?
“Of course we continue to think about our backup quarterback position behind Tony [Romo],” Jones said. “For whatever the reason, if he’s not able to stay healthy then we have a better solution than what happened to us last year.”
Romo fractured his left collarbone twice during the season, starting only four games. Three backups combined to go 1-11 in his place.
So it’s no surprise that quarterback remains high on the list. The Cowboys are unlikely to use the fourth overall pick on a quarterback in this year’s draft, instead going with a player who can make an immediate impact.
But there are plenty of quarterback options in the middle rounds, and the Cowboys feel there could be good value there. The name most associated with the Cowboys is Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, who is visiting with the team today according to a source.
Prescott is the seventh quarterback to meet with the Cowboys among their top-30 national visits. They’ve also brought in Cal’s Jared Goff, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, Memphis’ Paxton Lynch, Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, Michigan State’s Connor Cook and NC State’s Jacoby Brissett.
The Cowboys also spent time with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin during their annual Dallas Day.
Jones acknowledged the possibility of taking a quarterback in the middle rounds.
“We’ll be doing a lot of diligence in terms of the quarterback in this draft,” Jones said. “Other than the first round, we do see some quarterbacks that we do like and they could develop into something that could ultimately be better than how we played last year.
“So those are all things we’ll take into account as we move through the draft.”
During the interview, Jones also hinted that the team could add another veteran before training camp. The Texans recently released Brian Hoyer, and the Cowboys would have interest in bringing him in “at the right price,” according to a source.