Nov 23, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Louisiana State Tigers offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (78) and offensive lineman Trai Turner (56) stand on the field during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Cowboys wanted to draft Kony Ealy, trade up for Trai Turner


The Dallas Cowboys’ draft may be remembered as the one where they passed on Johnny Manziel, but overall the team did have a draft plan they followed as closely as they could. But while they had a plan on paper, things didn’t totally go the way they thought they would.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys original plans for the second day of the draft were to select Lony Ealy in the third round and then take Trai Turner in the third. Carolina snagged Ealy in the second round and then also grabbed turner just before the Cowboys could trade up to get him.

Jerry Jones gave insight on the unfolding of events, via the Dallas Morning News:

“I would say that Ealy was probably our next pick,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “Sometimes what you read isn’t always true in terms of the [Timmy] Jernigans of the world and people like that. We really didn’t have him in that mix.

It’s clear that the Cowboys had a plan but missed on both players they wanted thanks to the same team. We will now watch the Panthers closely to see just how the picks that he Cowboys wanted end up turning out.

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