Jerry Jones wanted to draft Chiefs’ Clyde Edwards-Helaire
The Cowboys already have Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield, however Jones said he was enamored with Edwards-Helaire during the draft:
“I see a team that is clicking, they’re the Super Bowl champs and they look like they got better — the running back is outstanding, I watched him live last year at LSU,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “I loved him in the draft. I was dreaming that he might get over in the second and be where we could look at him. He’s an exceptional player.”
Of course, the Cowboys were lucky enough to draft the player they got in the first round.
CeeDee Lamb was regarded by many as the best wide receiver in the draft coming out of Oklahoma, yet he was the third wideout selected this past April after Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy.
Additionally, while Jones might have liked Edwards-Helaire, the Cowboys had far more pressing needs in the second round.
Dallas selected Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs, a prudent move considering the Cowboys lost Byron Jones to free agency in the offseason.
Diggs has looked strong in the early going. He is a big and physical corner who can tackle and press off the line. Diggs gave up a big play to Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf on Sunday, but he had no safety help and still caught Metcalf napping by punching the ball out from behind.
Perhaps Jerry Jones is simply envious the defending champions are steamrolling ahead, with Clyde Edwards-Helaire establishing himself as a vital part of the passing game.