Cowboys News: Jalen Ramsey Just Revealed Jerry Jones’ Deceitful NFL Draft Scheme

The Dallas Cowboys have had a complicated relationship with the NFL Draft over the past few seasons. They’ve landed massive playmakers in the likes of Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, and they’ve also botched a top-five pick as they did with running back Ezekiel Elliott.

For as great as Elliott was during the early stages of his Dallas career, it’s safe to say Jerry Jones regrets making him the No. 4 overall pick.

According to current Los Angeles Rams corner Jalen Ramsey, the Cowboys’ were initially giving off the vibe that Elliott wasn’t their guy at No. 4 overall during the 2016 NFL Draft. Ramsey claims the Cowboys told him he was their top choice, which begs the question: what exactly happened that evening?

Jalen Ramsey claims the Cowboys told him they were going to draft him at No. 4 overall

Jerry Jones and the Cowboys did extensive homework on the top two quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class. Jared Goff and Carson Wentz both looked like franchise guys, and Dallas was in the market for a Tony Romo replacement.

However, as the draft crept closer, it became clear that Goff and Wentz were going to go No. 1 and No. 2 overall in the draft. This forced the Cowboys to hone their focus on Elliott and Ramsey. According to Ramsey on a recent episode of The Pivot Podcast with former NFL safety Ryan Clark, the Cowboys told him he was their top choice.

“I was in that conversation of, ‘Who was going to be the first defensive player taken off the board?’” Ramsey said. “And I just wanted to be it. But if it didn’t happen, I always grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan, really, Titans and Cowboys. So if I go four, that’s like a dream come true.”

“When I was on my visit to Dallas, they told me straight up to my face, ‘If you’re there at four, we’re taking you,’” Ramsey said. “But we don’t think you’re gonna be there at four.’ They said, ‘We think [the Chargers] are gonna get you at three, but if you’re there at four, if you’re on that board, we’re taking you.’”

Why did the Cowboys feel the need to lie to Jalen Ramsey?

Jalen Ramsey against the Cowboys.
Jalen Ramsey | Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

In hindsight, everyone agrees Ramsey should’ve been the pick at No. 4 overall. He’s the best cornerback in the NFL, while Elliott is already showing severe signs of regression.

However, that’s not the point of this article. The real question here is why Dallas felt the need to lie to Ramsey.

What could Jerry Jones and company possibly have gained from telling Ramsey they would draft him, just to turn around and select Elliott?

Did Jones believe Ramsey would tell other teams he’s not interested in playing for them if he felt Dallas wanted him? We’ll likely never know the true reason. However, it’s a shady way to deal with NFL prospects who are getting their first taste of dealing with front offices and negotiating tactics. Lying to them isn’t right.

Does Jerry Jones lie to prospects often?

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones | Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

This isn’t the first time the Cowboys have lied to a prospect. They reportedly told Randy Moss he was their guy way back when, only to pass on him as well.

So, how often is Jerry Jones weaponizing this tactic? Is he lying to draft-eligible players every single offseason in an attempt to gain leverage come draft night?

Either way, this revelation doesn’t shine too well on how the Cowboys’ front office conducts business. Lying to agents and breaking promises is frowned upon in the NFL.

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