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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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