Don't rule out pass rusher for Cowboys

INDIANAPOLIS -- A lot of the mock drafts so far have the Cowboys taking a cornerback with their first round pick, with Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick at the top of the list.

But owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Friday at the NFL scouting combine that a pass rusher is at the top of the list, even if the team keeps outside linebacker Anthony Spencer off the free agent market.

After seeing the New York Giants run through the playoffs with a vaunted pass rush, Jones understands the value of getting after the quarterback.

“It probably would be a pretty clear choice if it’s that quality of a pass rusher, to me, over a lesser corner,” Jones said. “In other words, for defense, I’m into the pressure for us right now above the corner even if we franchise Spencer.”

Jones reiterated the Cowboys need secondary help, which could be addressed in free agency and the draft, “but we don’t need to be cavalier about passing on a pretty significant pass rusher in the draft.”

Of course, it could be a misdirection to get teams thinking one way on the lead up to the draft.