NFC Playoffs Provide Cowboys Draft Blueprint

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Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) is tackled by Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (92). The Cowboys defeated the Panthers 19-14 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

On the long road to May 8th, countless articles and opinions will share preferred directions for the Cowboys’ 2014 NFL Draft.

To identify the Cowboys’ greatest draft needs, it’s as simple as locating common team traits of last weekend’s NFC Divisional Round playoff contestants.

Going into the NFC Championship Game this Sunday, I’m sure we can all agree the results so far have decided an almost cemented pecking order in the conference.

1a) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (14-3)

1b) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (13-4)

3)   CAROLINA PANTHERS (12-5)

4)   NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-6)

The playoffs have magnified the separation between the roster and design of the Dallas Cowboys, and that of the 3 most successful NFC teams.  Dallas clearly lost more ground to them in 2013.

The 2013 Cowboys declined in offensive yards gained, defensive yards allowed, and defensive points allowed.  The current offense did manage to score more points than 2012.  Thank you offensive line.

By analyzing common virtues of the elite NFC teams, it well help unveil the most crucial areas Dallas must address in this draft to close the gap.

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  • Old Frog

    Totally agree except as everyone on these boards knows by now I’m pounding the table for Cyril Richardson at LG and subsequently moving Leary to the right side.

    • Chesney Blair

      I like what I hear about Richardson. If Manziel doesn’t fall down close enough for a reach or Bridgewater or Bortles, that can be a good move. I like Auburn’s Greg Robinson as well but I think the Giants will nab him. You can select him and get a guard in the third and shore up the oline for years. Afterwards, the Cowboys can pick up a dt or de in the second. Maybe trade their later rounds for another third and get another dt or de again.

  • SmartThinking

    The offensive line will take one early pick to fix for the next decade. Fix it now!

    Spend the other six or seven picks on the defensive line and backfield if you want to.

    Just please don’t draft any more running backs, tight ends and wide receivers. They just use up our picks or end up becoming stars for other teams that kick our butts. Chicago comes to mind as exhibit A.

    • Old Frog

      ST, you know I agree with you. This no time to get cute. Take CR at 17 and go home happy. Who cares if others have him maybe lasting until the 2nd round – a lot of people thought Frederick should go in the 3rd and look how that worked out.

    • Earl Robertson

      This year draft and the direction it goes will determine for me if I will get into the
      Cowboys heavy or just realize we headed for another losing season! You so right how these sorry picks at the worse time never do anything until they go to another team and then they play lights out

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