Five years have passed since the Cowboys had a first round pick in the 20s. It was used on Taco Charlton.

That could explain — we ask the former Michigan defensive end to accept our apology — why Jerry Jones has expressed an interest in moving up.

“I would trade up in this draft,” the Cowboys owner told reporters Wednesday after conducting a press conference at The Star to announce the club’s partnership with Blockchain.com.

“As much as you can say about it, until you see what’s there and who is on the other line, but yeah, I would trade up since we’re down as low as we are in those first two or three rounds.”

Dallas sits at No. 24 in the first round of the draft, which begins in two weeks. But you’ll notice that Jones didn’t limit his comment to the first round.

The Cowboys currently own picks No. 56 and No. 88 on the second day of the draft. With a fourth round pick and four more selections in the fifth round, Dallas has additional assets it can package — depending on how far it wants to move up — in the second and third rounds.

DeMarcus Lawrence is the best example of that strategy in recent years. The Cowboys wanted one of the top tier pass rushers, but knew they wouldn’t get one where they sat in the second round of the 2014 draft. So Dallas packaged No. 47 and No. 78 and sent those to Washington to jump up 13 spots to take Lawrence near the top of the second round.

Jones made it clear if the Cowboys have a chance to grab a player they “really coveted” in this draft they will be inclined to move up again.

This is considered a deep draft. Dallas normally grades anywhere from 150 to 160 players as deserving to be selected in the seven rounds.

That number is in the 220-to-225 range for this draft.

Some teams set out to accrue more picks in a deep draft. Others are willing to package those picks to move up and grab a player who normally wouldn’t be available at that stage or round of a weaker draft.

Jones’ comments make it sound like the Cowboys will be in that second category.

Early indications are teams will be active. There have already been trades involving 17 of the top 50 picks.

Now, you ask, when was the last time the Cowboys moved up in the first round of the draft? That came 10 years ago when the club jumped up to No. 6 to select cornerback Morris Claiborne.

That didn’t work out. But neither did staying put to select Charlton the last time the Cowboys were in the 20s.

Move up in this draft? Jones is ready and willing.

That doesn’t mean it will happen on the first day.

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