The Dallas Cowboys came into the 2012 draft with a mission. That mission was to upgrade positions that were not completely addressed during the free agency frenzy and to add depth, specifically to the defense and the free agent losses.Going back to the 2011 season with a non-existent off-season, a new defensive coordinator and a looming strike, Rob Ryan was left with a make shift defense to fit into his playbook and personal defensive schemes. Fast forward to the 2012 NFL draft and Rob Ryan’s defense is starting to take form.
The Cowboys finished up the 2012 draft with five out of seven picks being defensive, for the first time in almost 30 years, and adding depth with a wide receive and a tight end. The Cowboys are a team with a mission. Falling a few missed opportunities short of a playoff berth last season, they made their presence known for the 2012 season.
Upgrading the secondary with free agent signings of Brodney Pool and Brandon Carr and drafting Morris Claiborne, arguably the best DB in the draft, and Matt Johnston. They added much needed depth to an often banged and bruised defensive line with drafting Tyrone Crawford and Kyle Wilber. That depth will undoubtedly make a huge difference late into the season, when they Cowboys seems to “fall apart”.
The Cowboys also addressed the loss of Laurent Robinson and Martellus Bennett with drafting wide receiver Danny Coale, who has been mentioned as a Wes Welker like wide receiver, and tight end James Hanna, once again adding depth to positions that the starting cast needed a supporting cast.
After the last few days, my grade for the Dallas Cowboys 2012 draft is a B+. I would have liked to see more offensive line depth and help for Tony Romo but it is often said “Defenses win Superbowls” and with the way the Dallas Cowboys drafted this off season, let’s hope they’re right.