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Jerry Jones: We tried to make a move for Paxton Lynch

Miami Beach Bowl - BYU v Memphis

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 22: Paxton Lynch #12 of the Memphis Tigers reacts during the first half of the game against the Brigham Young Cougars at Marlins Park on December 22, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

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Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones acknowledged after the first round of the NFL draft that he was disappointed about a player who got away: Quarterback Paxton Lynch.

Jones said that after taking running back Ezekiel Elliott with their first-round pick the Cowboys were trying to trade back into the first round to acquire Lynch, who ultimately went to the Broncos.

“We were working real hard to get up there for the quarterback – Paxton Lynch,” Jones said.

Jones said just when he thought he had a deal in place to get Lynch, the Broncos jumped in and made a deal with the Seahawks that allowed them to take Lynch 26th overall.

“Frankly, give Denver credit,” Jones said. “I thought we had it done. It was that close.”

Jones said the Cowboys’ staff loves Lynch and thinks he has the potential to develop into a franchise quarterback. The Cowboys were hoping he’d develop behind Tony Romo.

“He’s a top prospect – got probably the highest upside in the draft,” Jerry Jones said. “Congratulations to Denver.”