Report: Cowboys wanted to trade down to draft Paxton Lynch

Friday April 29th, 2016

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The Dallas Cowboys tried to trade down from the No. 4 pick to draft quarterback Paxton Lynch, ESPN’s Todd Archer reports.

The former Memphis quarterback was ultimately selected by the Denver Broncos, who traded their No. 31 pick for the Seahawks’ No. 26 pick to grab Lynch. 

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on Monday that he did not expect his team would trade its No. 4 pick, but Archer reports that Dallas engaged in trade discussions with the Ravens at No. 6 and the Seahawks at No. 26 along with multiple other teams behind them in the draft order.

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“We felt really good about this particular player, and it didn’t work out,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “Of course, after that happens, we’ll reevaluate and look at where our situation is with the remaining quarterbacks. I wouldn’t say we’re out, but I wouldn't say we’re all-in, either. It’s something we’ll evaluate as we go, if the right quarterback is hanging in there again.”

With the fourth pick, the Cowboys selected Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott.

- Erin Flynn

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