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Cowboys willing to trade down

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said his team is willing to trade from the No. 18 selection of the first round in Thursday's NFL draft.

Jones has made 59 draft-day trades since he purchased the team in 1989. The Cowboys have traded up in two of the past three drafts to acquire Dez Bryant (24th overall in 2010) and Morris Claiborne (sixth overall in 2012).

The draft is deep along the defensive and offensive lines and defensive back, which gives Jones the mindset of possibly trading.

"I think we'll be open to improving to where we are," Jones said Monday. "There's a lot of depth at certain positions in this draft and you could maybe get where you want to be at certain positions and gain some collateral there through a trade."

During the 20-minute news conference, Cowboys officials also said there's a need to use younger players sooner.

The Cowboys are coming off consecutive 8-8 seasons where they missed the postseason. They were unable to make a splash in free agency this spring because of the money allocated last year in free agency, and the team had to restructure numerous contracts to get under the salary cap in 2013.

"We want drafted players to play as quickly as they can play," coach Jason Garrett said. "I don't care what school you played at. You can play in the SEC. You can play in the Big Ten, any of the great conferences across this country, it is a jump from college football to play in the National Football League."