Already we can find mock drafts sprouting up all over the internet. With Super Bowl XLVIII less than two weeks away, the NFL offseason and predraft festivities are clearly within sight.
Dallas Cowboys fans are becoming familiar with names like Kony Ealy, defensive end from Missouri, even before the fan base knows exactly where America’s Team will be choosing in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The answer to that question is still about a month away.
Other names like defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman of Minnesota are also in mock draft discussions pertaining to Dallas.
There will eventually be an unofficial list of blue chip prospects that will be linked to the Cowboys as first round considerations, a collection that will begin taking shape upon the conclusion of this weekend’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Among those names, however, should not be secondary players—at least not in the first round this coming May.
It’s becoming an annual tradition for me to publicly shoot down the top safety prospects in the NFL draft as candidates for Dallas in the opening round. Less than a year ago, I offered the same discussion regarding New Orleans safety Kenny Vacarro, the consensus top-rated safety out of Texas last spring.
Don’t get me wrong, safety is certainly an important position for every NFL roster. It’s also true that the Cowboys have been lacking a true difference-maker at the position since the days of Darren Woodson and/or Roy L. Williams.
Having said that, safeties are located in the defensive secondary. There’s not much point in addressing your secondary when your front seven, or primary, is as weak as Dallas’ has been for several seasons now.
The Cowboys might have had the weakest front seven in the history of the franchise in 2013. A scoring defense that ranked 26th in the league was accompanied by a yardage ranking of dead-last (32) in the NFL.