Jason Garrett has vote on draft

1/26/2011 - NFL Dallas Cowboys

MOBILE, Ala. -- Although Jason Garrett has final say on his coaching staff, there is still one area he can't rubber-stamp: draft picks.

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has the final say on whom the team selects with the No. 9 pick of the draft, as well as with the rest of the selections.

But that doesn't mean Jones doesn't use information from his coaches and personnel people regarding whom to take.

"The way I like to say it is that I'm not the sole decision maker," Garrett said from the Senior Bowl Tuesday. "A lot of people seem interested in that. We'll make the decisions collectively as an organization."

This is the highest draft pick the Cowboys have had since 2003, when they selected cornerback Terence Newman at No. 5.

What the Cowboys will do with the pick is uncertain.

Jones said he likes what he has at the skill positions, but the offensive line and safety position could get upgrades.

"I think that we should expect immediate contribution from that first pick at that level," Jones said.

During the draft process, Jones receives plenty of information from various sources and on draft day he listens to his staff.

It was Wade Phillips who wanted Anthony Spencer, and Jones agreed with the decision to pick him with the 26th pick of the 2007 draft.

At last year's draft, Garrett pushed for the Cowboys to move up in the draft and get wide receiver Dez Bryant.

The Cowboys did move up, getting Bryant at No. 24.

"We have a lot of input," Garrett said of the coaching staff. "We have a good process with the Cowboys. We have a very accomplished scouting department and they do a great job of evaluating these players. The coaches are involved in this. I was involved as an assistant coach and will continue to involve our assistant coaches. And as a head coach, certainly I'm very much involved in the whole process."