IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said the Cowboys would have used a second-round pick on Utah State inside linebacker Bobby Wagner.
The Cowboys didn't have a second rounder because they sent it to the St. Louis Rams as part of a trade to acquire the sixth overall selection, which they used on LSU cornerback Morris Clairborne.
Wagner, 6-0, 241 pounds, went to Seattle as the 47th overall pick of the draft.
Carter saw limited action last season because he was recovering from knee surgery. Lee led the team in tackles with 105 and Connor was a free-agent pickup this spring.
But the Cowboys have preached creating competition at several positions and Tom Ciskowski, the assistant director of player personnel, said he had no problem with the Cowboys adding players at certain spots as long as it made the team better.
In the third round, the Cowboys selected Tyrone Crawford, a defensive end from Boise State, who was at the top of their board for that particular round.
"A guy we really feel like has some upside who can do some different things for us," coach Jason Garrett said of Crawford. "We feel like he can grow into a [defensive end] and we also feel he can be a pass rusher on third-down situations."