Jones hopes draft can speed up Cowboys' recovery

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Most teams go into the NFL draft talking about rebuilding or reloading. For the Dallas Cowboys, it's about recovering.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still believes the core talent on his roster can live up to the expectations heaped on them prior to last season, provided they get some help. He aims to find those reinforcements through the draft.

Dallas has the ninth overall pick and seems to be leaning toward a lineman, either a long-term solution at tackle or a guy capable of playing end in a 3-4 defense.

The Cowboys have never spent a first-round pick on an offensive lineman in the 22 drafts since Jones bought the club. He said Tuesday he would be willing to end that streak.

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