Cowboys: Clear Draft Path To Star Defender

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Sep 21, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (44) sacks Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters (15) during the fourth quarter of a football game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The Longhorns won 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

There are a few key processes I use when analyzing the likely (realistic) first-round draft targets for the Dallas Cowboys.  First off, it’s always best to eliminate the star players who will surely be removed before Dallas is on the clock.

Secondly, deciding on the team’s 3 strongest positions of need comes into play.  In Dallas’ case those 3 would certainly be DT, DE, and Safety.  Sure there are many more holes on the roster, but none the size of these 3 ailing spots.

Finally I determine the very best remaining players that fit the need positions, and how many teams are yet to select ahead of us.

For example, assume there are 7 high-talent players still available between 3 positions of need, and 4 selections remain above us.  Dallas should be able to select a stud player that will solidify a starting spot.

Good news Cowboys’ fans, the dynamics of the 2014 first round strongly enhances our plans of landing a strong starter on defense.

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