Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Nick Hayden (96), defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) and defensive end Edgar Jones (55) during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Should Dallas Draft A Defensive Tackle In The First Round in 2014?

Despite there being a full month before the end of the regular season, many media writers are already speculating on the 2014 NFL Draft. And for the Dallas Cowboys, almost every mock draft has Dallas drafting a defensive tackle in the first round. But is that the Cowboys biggest need going into 2014?

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Here’s today’s poll question: 

Should The Dallas Cowboys Draft A Defensive Tackle In The First Round of the 2014 NFL Draft?

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Here’s my take:

“Although the Cowboys have need along the defensive line, I’m not sure the biggest need will be tackle when the offseason finally gets here. Actually, defensive end could be a bigger need. It depends on how you feel about the Cowboys hidden gems they found this year. Defensive tackle Nick Hayden and defensive end George Selvie have played well this season. Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher is at the end of his contract and having a Pro Bowl caliber season. Whether he returns is up in the air. Assuming Hatcher does, and defensive end Anthony Spencer is allowed to leave in the offseason, “end” might just be a bigger overall need. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick is scheduled to make $13.5 million in the next three seasons. I’m not sure he isn’t a cap causality in the offseason. Not sure I trust rookie corner B.W. Webb as our primary back-up or nickle starter if Scandrick is cut. I’m also not settled on Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox as our starting safety tandem in 2014. Neither has made big plays this season. And don’t get me started with Jeff Heath and Matt Johnson. You can’t tell me a player like rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro would not have made a huge impact on this team this season. So, for me, safety is also an option depending upon who is available. That’s probably a good rule regardless of the position when it comes to first round picks. Unless that player is a tight end, that is.”

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