Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys expect to stay at No. 4 and draft best player available

The Cowboys expect to sit at No. 4 and select the best player on their board.

“Most likely stay,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Monday at a pre-draft press conference. “Got a chance to have an outstanding player there. If you make any assumption at all about how those first two picks are going to go, you’ll more than likely stay. It’s a good spot. If something did come that way, it would probably be with some pretty serious consequences. That’s total speculation, not setting any sale based on that call coming in at all.”

The Cowboys insist they can afford to draft the best player available, which could be Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey or Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott depending on who the Chargers draft at No. 3.

The Cowboys are drafting the highest they have since 1991.

The Rams and Eagles are expected to take quarterbacks after trading for the top-two choices, eliminating Jared Goff and Carson Wentz from consideration for the Cowboys.

“I think it’s the best player,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “At the end of the day, you get a chance when you’re picking this high to get a player who makes a difference for a long period of time. To compromise that, to go down the line to pick a guy just because you

need a certain position, would probably not be the right decision.

Doesn’t mean you wouldn’t have a good one, but if you happen to

believe there is a great player -- and I don’t know if that will be the

case, but if there is one -- then, through our hard work, the scouts’

hard work, the coaches’ hard work that we deem to be special, then I

think you have to take that over need.”