Jerry Jones told us Monday that his ears will be open to draft offers to move down from the No. 18 spot.

Such talk produced groans from many fans, but it’s not a bad idea because of the depth in the draft at their position of needs and because it would help them pick up another pick or two.

Because of the trade for offensive lineman Ryan Cook just before the start of last season, the Cowboys are without a pick in the seventh round.

If the Cowboys move down, they could select Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh in the second round or Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien, both of whom could start right away.

“There’s enough depth in this draft that you sure want to keep your ears open for trades,” Jones said, “because you very well could get as good or a better player at another level. And I will, and we will, have our minds open.”

The Cowboys have traded up twice in the past three years to select elite skill players (receiver Dez Bryant in 2010 and cornerback Mo Claiborne in 2012), but executive vice president Stephen Jones signaled such a move has already been ruled out.