December 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones walks on the field before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Which Position Should The Cowboys Fill With Their First-Round Pick?

The question of which position the Cowboys should fill with their first-round pick is a difficult question to answer. There are so many variables that deciding now would be like trying to pee in a bucket from 50 yards out. You can try and try, and if you can get it right and hit the bucket, you’re one lucky person. But unfortunately very few are ever able to get it right.

A lot depends on how much cap space Dallas can free up, who they sign in free agency, who they decide to keep that is currently on the roster (Doug Free/Jay Ratliff), and who the other 17 teams ahead of Dallas decide to take. Hell Jerry and company could do what they did last year and move up to get a coveted player. Variables, variables, variables. That’s why figuring out something like this is so hard to do and come out with the right answer.

The biggest areas of need are by far along the offensive and defensive lines. The Cowboys desperately need to solidify the offensive line.

December 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (77) and guard Mackenzy Bernadeau (73) line up against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 28-18. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportWith the talent Dallas has at running back and receiver, it’s a crying shame that so many plays got blown up last year because of poor and inconsistent play at four of the five line spots. The lone bright spot, Tyron Smith, is going to need some serious help if Dallas stands any type of chance next year. So, needless to say, Dallas could very easily use their first-round pick on an offensive lineman.

Before the recent change in defensive philosophy  and arrests of the Cowboys’ two best defensive tackles, Dallas was mainly looking for rotational guys to shuffle in and out along the defensive line. Now that Ratliff and Brent may not be playing football in Dallas next year (or at all in Brent’s case) and Monte Kiffin’s defense hinges on the front four pass rushers, the team could very well use their first-round pick to fill a gaping hole along the defensive line. I like DeMarcus Ware, but as we’ve seen the past few years, he can only do so much on his own.

So what do you think? Should the Cowboys draft an offensive or defensive lineman with their first-round pick? Or maybe there is another position of need that the Cowboys will try to fill on draft day. Let us know what you think!


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  • californy

    I believe a trade down is need more than anything. We have 18 spots open and we are over the cap 18.2 million on 35 players, and if we cut anyone else we would need to fill there position as well. A trade down of one spot in the 1st rd would give us a extra 6 th rd selection. We could trade for Chris Ivory RB from NO or even find another RB like Washington did last year in a player like Stephon Jefferson RD. I would like to drop as low as 33 spot, this would net us 6 th pick in rd 3, the 131, 132 pick in rd 5, and player rated in the first rd at 33. I would take Barrett Jones at that spot. DL drafted in the first rd make pro Bowl only 17 percent of the time. A Good Center or OG would give us more TD than FG and allow us to improve the team 31 st ranking in the running game and control the clock. DL are only part time player and always must be taken out on long drives, You don’t do that to OL, you would get more play from them and thus have more value to the team.


      I can’t argue with your thinking…if depth was the only problem with Dallas I would say trade down. I would argue that running the ball and playmakers are just as big an issue. Our D just doesn’t get turnovers…you need playmakers for that to happen. By trading down you are certainly limiting your top end choices…Dallas needs a couple of sure things. I am writing about All Pro’s…Jerry sometimes convinces himself that he is smarter than all these other teams. Drafting maybe’s…we don’t need more picks; what we need is smart picks.

    • truth

      Dude…Jerry and Co. can’t draft worth a lick!! They have no competent “Talent Evaluators” and if they do, they are basically made mum because their only their so that Jerry can say he has good people and the “decisions” or made by committee. ha!!!

      If anything stay put. Last yr. was perfect considering the many Great Players to fill Cowboys crucial needs and as well the 14th overall pick. Which gave Cowboys much wiggle room.

      If Cowboys trade back, they are giving up a good opportunity to grab “Talent” especially when they have shown the inability to see Talented Players in the later rounds!!

      Richard Sheldon/DT 1st and then OL next…unless Mike Glennon/QB falls to their 2nd rd. pick. I would immediately start Glennon but if not, just to push Romo. Even better, to have his replacement as I know that once again, Romo will prove to the masses that he doesn’t belong as Cowboys Starting QB.
      Heck, trade his ash now if he still retains any value, which I know he doesn’t. Who wants a mistake proned QB that is the biggest “Choker” in the NFL???

  • jrcowboy49

    Take the highest rated ROG (Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper), ROT(Ericl Fisher, DJ Fluker, or Lane Johnson) or DE (Damontre Moore, Ezekiel Ansah, or
    DT( Sheldon Richardson, Kawann Short, Sharrif Floyd ) that fits the team needs at 18. I would sign free agent Paul Kruger OLB 6′ 4″ 270 lbs from Baltimore to replace Spencer.


    This is actually an easy question to answer; an OG. The last time Dallas was relevant we had a running game no one can stop. Until we return to running the ball week in and out we won’t be a threat to win a super bowl. I would go further and draft a Center in the third round. 2013 if we are cheering MURRAY2K we will be deep in the playoff’s….

    • Old Frog

      Sounds good to me.

  • bill

    they should take the best player available saying that he is ol, dl, or safety

  • truth

    I can’t stress this enough. Defense 1st and then Offense and heck, willing to go Defense twice before I go Offense. Why…

    Because team has to overcome the Many Opportunities that Romo gives opposing Offenses because of his slow starts, 3-n-outs and to just cut-it short here, his many Turnovers. And please, don’t start to blame the OL or anything under the Sun, Romo does this because he is just plain stupid. I being serious. Did he have to try to Win the Game vs Lions in 2011 when they were up 20something pts. in the 3rd/4th qtr.??? And the answer is a resounding “NO!!!”

    I still have hope in Claiborne, although he didn’t perform like most thought he would, or the hype. But he is good and the DL didn’t help him much as on any team. I mean you don’t gvive the 2ndary much help in the form of a decent Pass-Rush, not even the best 2ndary Players will be able to Protect or have Success against.

    I’m glad Jerry and Stephan iterated last yr. in the lead up to the draft that they wanted DL players, particularly Interior DLinemen but not entirely. Jerry was saying something about he wanted to have a Front 4 like Giants and how crucial a Pass-Rush was to any team. But once again, the “shiny-sparkly” stuff took his focus off the Target for the Cowboys. As in Morris Claiborne, not to mention giving up Cowboys 2nd rd. pick, WTH?!!!

    Just imagine, he would have Upgraded the DL with Brockers/DT and surely caused a good 10 interceptions more. I was shooting for Fletcher Cox, but Philly desperately wanted him and when Dallas moved up for Claiborne, Philly didn’t have to move up much.

    Still Brockers was amazing in his rookie yr. And then imagine, they could have had any one Good Rookie in the 2nd round. There were so many Stout players with Cowboys 13th(I believe) overall pick in the 2nd round. I wished they would have taken Janoris Jenkins. Really like him but not with Cowboys 1st round pick. But could have easily taken another DT/DE or OLinemen…