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Almost since the day he bought the Dallas Cowboys in 1989, many have believed that Jerry Jones did what Jerry Jones wanted to do, especially when it came to the draft.
Jones said there has been a collective approach from the beginning that has included all staff leaders, such as his son Stephen, coaches and scouts as they work through a process of selecting players. There could have been some disagreements over the years where Jones went head to head (Quincy Carter, 2001), but there is also evidence to the contrary (Zack Martin over Johnny Manziel in 2014).
But Jones is also willing to have fun with the narrative.
“There’s a lot of talk in this industry about who’s making the call, who’s actually making the call,” Jones said. “OK, Taco was Stephen’s call. And Parsons was my call.”
Taco Charlton was the Cowboys’ first round pick in 2017, and TJ Watt serves as a daily reminder of what the Cowboys missed by taking on Charlton. Micah Parsons was the Cowboys’ first pick last year, and he was named Defensive Rookie of the Year, a Pro Bowler and All-Pro.
For his part, Charlton, who is currently with the New Orleans Saints, did not seem to have much against Jones’ admission.
– Taco Charlton (@TheSupremeTaco) April 26, 2022