Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) catches the ball while defended by Dallas Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh (43) at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

How Recent Moves Change the Cowboys Draft Strategy

The biggest move this week for the Dallas Cowboys roster was the release of safety Gerald Sensabaugh. While Sensabaugh seemed out of position for the new “Tampa 2″ scheme, this move leaves the Cowboys without a starting safety on the roster. This move does not change the top of the draft strategy for the Cowboys, but it does open up debate for the focus in the middle rounds of the Draft.

The Cowboys still sit with their biggest needs at offensive tackle and defensive tackle. Some combination of those two positions will be taken in in rounds one or two of the Draft based on the players available when the Cowboys pick at number 18 and 47.

The release of Sensabaugh earlier this week means that a third or fourth round pick needs to be made on a player for the back end of the secondary. Round three projections consist of Shawn Williams – S – Georgia, Baccari Rambo – S – Georgia, Tony Jefferson – S – Oklahoma and DJ Swearinger – S – South Carolina. In round four TJ McDonald – S – USC, JJ Wilcox – S – Georgia Southern and Robert Lester – S – Alabama will all be options available for the Cowboys.

Cutting Gerald Sensabaugh made sense because he does not fit the Cowboys new style of defensive scheme. Safety is now a priority for the offseason and may change their draft strategy. Safety is still not a top priority, so using a top level pick is not a good use of the Draft since the Cowboys have other pressing needs, but they will have to address the position in the middle rounds to mold the team into the type of team Dallas wants to put on the field in 2013 and for the foreseeable future.

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