With the NFL draft less than a week away, all the talk is ramping up for what each team will do with the early picks and throughout the draft. There is always plenty to read about who the Cowboys should take and who they actually need. I’ll run through a few of these stories and see which ones look as though they will pan out.
First, we will start in the heart of Dallas, where Dallascowboys.com David Hellman put up a great argument for the Cowboys focusing on DE instead of DT. His discussion partly focused on Mel Kiper’s three round mock draft, which hellam commented, “Kiper’s decisions for the Cowboys are bound to be crowd-pleasers, as he went all-in on Dallas’ needs in the trenches. With the No. 16 overall pick, he selected the longtime favorite in defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The No. 47 pick, midway through the second round, addressed the interior of the other line by grabbing UCLA guard Xavier Su’a-Filo. He finished up by taking another bowling ball defensive tackle, Will Sutton, 78th overall.”
I understand Hellman’s discomfort with Kiper’s mock draft, taking two defensive tackles in the first three rounds, while not addressing the Defenisive end positions after losing Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware to free agancy. Try Sports Betting Dime if you think the Cowboys can win 10 games without replacing those two guys.
Now enter Yahoo! Sports and and Evan Silva and Josh Norris. Silva is the Senior Football Editor for Rotoworld’s NFL Page, and Josh Norris leads Rotoworld’s college football and NFL draft coverage. Silva agrees that the #1 priority of the Dallas Cowboys is Defensive End (DE). Norris throws out names like Dee Ford of Auburn and Scott Crichton of Oregon State. I love the Dee Ford pick and I fully agree that grabbing a #1 draft pick DE is the priority of the Dallas Cowboys. If you can’t put pressure on opposing quarterbacks, then there isn’t much of a need for drafting a top notch Safety or Tackle. Silva and Norris go on and discuss the #2 priority of the Cowboys, Safety. Norris recommends Louisville’s Calvin Pryor, who the Cowboys could trade up for and get in the second round. Again, getting Pryor isn’t going to solve the Cowboys issues on defense if they cannot get a pass rush going.
Overall, I love the pre-draft analysis for the Cowboys. All the experts are focused in the correct area defense. As a huge Cowboys fan and football expert I would love to see the Cowboys draft 7 defensive players in this years NFL draft. There is no need to grab any offense, even know we know they will grab a RB late in the draft. They always do!