Jerry Jones: Bases covered on defense

IRVING, Texas -- With the draft coming up Thursday, believe everything you hear from teams -- including the Cowboys, who held their pre-draft news conference Monday -- at your own peril.

Like this from Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones:

“The good news is we really are in good shape over on the defensive side of the ball where that scheme is.”

If true, Jones is confident the Cowboys don’t need to upgrade their safety spot, where the four players under contract -- Will Allen, Barry Church, Matt Johnson and Danny McCray -- have a combined 47 starts, with 33 coming from Allen.

Allen, a free-agent pickup this offseason from Pittsburgh, started 16 games in a season just once (2006 with Tampa Bay).

Church is coming off a torn Achilles that limited him to three starts last season. McCray was exposed the more he played. Johnson never got on the field as a rookie last year because of injuries.

Jones said the Cowboys’ move to the 4-3 under coordinator Monte Kiffin has influenced the team’s evaluations, including the kind of safeties the Cowboys need.

With a deeper pool of safeties, the Cowboys might not have to use the 18th pick on a safety, but it remains a must-have and not just a need, right?