The Debate Intensifies: Who Should the Dallas Cowboys Take at 18?

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On Cowboys fan forums, and around water coolers all over the country, Dallas Cowboys fans are united in a common topic of discussion. The NFL Draft is almost upon us, and the debate for who the Cowboys should take at pick number 18 is nearing the annual fever pitch. One reason why the NFL is by far the best sporting league in the world is because they are able to keep the interest year round, and a big reason for that is the annual NFL Draft.

A quick look at the Cowboys’ needs reveals that there are four spots likely to be debated over for that 18th pick. They are Defensive Tackle, Offensive Tackle, Guard, and Safety. The debate will rage around philosophies on how to get better, how to get over the 8-8 hump, and even a bit of alma mater bias thrown in at times. However, the overall goal of every Cowboys fan is ultimately the same; build a winner. So let’s look at how things might fall to the Cowboys in just under three weeks from today.

November 17, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (92) during a game against the Arizona Wildcats at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The Wildcats defeated the Utes 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s start at Defensive Tackle. Without a doubt the prize in this Draft at the position is Sharrif Floyd from the University of Florida. Floyd may be the most anticipated three technique DT since the days of Warren Sapp. Sapp became a Hall of Famer in the system of new Cowboys Defensive Coordinator, Monte Kiffin who arrived in Tampa in Sapp’s 2nd year in the NFL. I am sure Kiffin salivates at the prospects of a Floyd in his system, but the truth is he is probably going to go in the top 5 picks. If he falls out of the top 10, anticipate a trade up. It could happen.

At one time Utah DT Star Lotulelei was not only talked about as the best DT in this Draft but perhaps the best player in the whole Draft too. At Utah he was often a one man wrecking ball. Star is a star. How would he look wearing one? I think he would be great. His stock has plummeted since the Combines. What caused his stock to drop? At the Combines in Indianapolis a physical he took detected an irregularity in his heart. With millions of dollars invested in these athletes something like that throws up a red flag. He has since has several checkups and deemed fit to play in the NFL. Don’t be too shocked if he flies back up the Draft boards almost as fast as he fell. The film does not lie, this big man can play at a level few can match, and that might include Floyd. If he falls to Dallas they ought to take him without hesitation. I say that, and I am firmly in the get a Guard category.

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