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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