Just listened to Jerry's Day 1 press conference and he shared some insight into what transpired leading up to their first selection. Jerry didn't name names, but he stated that they had targeted four players at #9. However, he said that two of those targeted players were taken before their pick (I'm guessing Peterson, Miller or Dareus). So there were not four players being considered by the time their clock started ticking at #9 as some previously thought, just two. That left Tyron Smith and perhaps Castonzo as the two players at the top of their board. Between the two, I think it's obvious to deduce that Smith was rated higher by a wide margin than Castonzo. Dallas obviously didn't want to risk the chance of losing its highest rated player left on its board in Smith by trading down to #16; Jerry said as much himself. Factoring in all the above developments and risks, the Cowboys felt content taking its highest ranked (left on their board) at #9. It's always nice to think you could get just a little bit more, but I can appreciate the fact they stuck with their convictions. Having said that, I get the strong suspicion that Dallas will trade down out of #40.