Cowboys: Clear Draft Path To Star Defender

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Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (70) in action against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

WHY DEF LINE ABOVE SAFETY?

In my opinion DT is by far the most barren position we have that is crucial to the 4-3 defense.  Once Hatcher bolts for a new suitor, Dallas will be left with Nick Hayden, Ben Bass, and scrubs.

At least at DE Dallas is returning a healthy Tyrone Crawford to fill the strong side vacated by Anthony Spencer.  DeMarcus Ware, while fragile, still offers rotational snaps as the starter.  And George Selvie can play either DE spot to solidify a 3-man team holding down 2 starting spots.

Of course we’d like to grab a strong pass rusher to pressure the QB with reckless abandon, and move Crawford over to DT.  Unfortunately the draft is short on devastating DE pass rushers beyond Jadeveon Clowney.

Yes Jackson Jeffcoat is a definite possibility to snag in the draft, but with a 2-3 round grade, there’s no need to consider him this early.

As for safety, as much as I’d like an enforcer back there to pair with Barry Church, the position has enough options to avoid overlooking the driving force of the 4-3…defensive line.

J.J. Wilcox should be much improved after an off-season under his belt.  Matt Johnson will return and make a bid to finally show he is starting material and can stay healthy.

While Jeff Heath will suffice in a pinch even as limited as I feel he always will be.  Don’t get me wrong I’d like to add a solid safety, just not in the early rounds of this draft.

DT far outweighs the rest when using the highest pick of the Cowboys’ 2014 draft. Even my second round pick would go towards the defensive line.  DL pressure makes the entire 4-3 defense play better.

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Topics: 4-3 Defense, Dallas Cowboys, Defensive Line, NFL Draft

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