Cowboys get DE Tyrone Crawford in 3rd round
Posted on April 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM
IRVING, Texas (AP) — After a long wait to make their second draft pick, the Dallas Cowboys selected another defensive player.
The Cowboys got Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford with the 81st overall pick in the third round. It was their only selection on the second night of the NFL draft.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had to wait more than three hours and watch 48 other players get selected Friday night before he got to make his only pick of the day.
Dallas didn't have a second-round pick, having traded the 45th overall pick to be able to move up eight spots and get LSU All-American cornerback Morris Claiborne at No. 6 on Thursday night.
There was only one time since Jones bought the team in 1989 that the Cowboys had to wait longer to make a second pick in the draft. That was in 2000, when they didn't have picks in the first or third rounds and their second selection wasn't until the 109th overall in the fourth round.
One of their offseason goals this year was to add potential impact players for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
They were active in free agency last month, signing cornerback Brandon Carr to a $50 million, five-year deal that includes $26.5 million guaranteed. Among other free agents they signed were safety Brodney Pool and linebacker Dan Connor.
Now with their first two picks in the draft, they have picked as many defensive players as they did in last April's draft.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Crawford started 11 of his 25 games at Boise State. He had 76 tackles and 13½ sacks, causing four fumbles and recovering three others for Boise after two junior college seasons in California.
Crawford is from Canada, having lettered in football, basketball and track and field at Catholic Central High in Windsor, Ontario.
Dallas has five picks to wrap up the draft Saturday, including two in the fourth round (113th and 135th overall). They also have one pick in each of the last three rounds, Nos. 152, 186 and 222 overall.
There is always the chance that the Cowboys could do some dealing to add picks, or move up again like they did in the first round.
The Cowboys have made 59 draft-day trades under Jones. Their first-round pick has been involved in 18 of the owner's 24 drafts, including this year's move.
Credit: TANYA EISERER