The Amari Cooper draft: What Cowboys, Jerry Jones plan to do without a first-round pick

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FRISCO, Texas — The Cowboys front office wants to make two things clear.

First: The team has no “buyer’s remorse,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday, in the aftermath of its Amari Cooper trade. Dallas shipped its 2019 first-round selection to the Raiders in October to acquire the Pro Bowl receiver. Owner Jerry Jones said he “would do it tonight again.”

Even so, the Joneses say, it is “painful” to draft without a first-round pick. So they don’t want to forfeit a future first-rounder next week to move this year’s initial selection earlier than pick 58.

“I’m not interested in stacking up these one-less draft days,” Jerry Jones said. “They’re no fun.”

The Cowboys also aren’t desperate enough to do that. The team shored up most areas of need in free agency with cost-effective signings of receiver Randall Cobb, safety George Iloka, defensive end Kerry Hyder and defensive tackle Christian Covington. All four veterans are on one-year deals. They…

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