Dallas Cowboys Should Avoid Safety in the First Round

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Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) breaks a tackle of Dallas Cowboys free safety Barry Church (42) and defensive back Jeff Heath (38) and runs for a touchdown in the third quarter at AT

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) breaks a tackle of Dallas Cowboys free safety Barry Church (42) and defensive back Jeff Heath (38) and runs for a touchdown in the third quarter at AT

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.

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  • SmartThinking

    At round one, draft an OG!!! The kid from Baylor looks good. Mizzou has a really good one this year who can play Guard and Tackle (unfortunately, not at the same time).

    If the Dallas brain trust, and I use the term loosely, plays the draft wisely, they can fill several holes with quality players who won’t need a year to heal from some previous college injury or want a truckload of money just to show up.

    I really like the DE, Hageman from Minnesota and many draft reports have him available for Dallas in round two. I’ve seen one draft report that has this kid Kony Ealy everyone’s so ga ga over going in the second round as well.

    For rounds three, four, five and the three number seven’s, go defense all you want.

    This team doesn’t need any more WR’s, TE’s, RB’s or QB’s draft picks! Those players are just more grist for the mill. Besides, there’ll be plenty of all of them show up as UDFA’s.

  • Juanito Juanito

    the first round pick in 2014 draft should be louis nix DT notre dame or timmy jerrigan DT from florida state, in second round pick should be aaron donald DT pitt or will sutton DT arizona state, thats tha weakiest position in the team, ask carolina panters how they improve is defense with two DTs selections in last draft

    • ctcowboy1968

      Spot on Juanito. Panthers went from #14 run D to 2nd best in the league by drafting two DTs in round 1 and 2 last spring. Rookie starters day 1. That’s drafting!

  • Juanito Juanito

    jj wilkox will be ok when be healthy, if seattle doesnt have that kind of DTs or DEs the secondary or seafties could be stars ?

  • ctcowboy1968

    DT is the way to go. Take Nix if he is there. Draft another DT or DE in the second. Don’t draft any player that had an injury last year or has an injury history. Draft players that can start in the first year, not players that need to developed for two years.