The offseason is in full swing for the Dallas Cowboys. Although coaching adjustments top the currently headlines, the NFL scouting combine is just over the horizon. And the focus will soon shift to the NFL Draft. As for the Cowboys, defense will be the primary area they should address in this year’s draft. And four experts over at NFL.com agree. In their latest mock drafts, all of them have Dallas going defensive in the first round. Three out of the four have the Cowboys selecting a safety.
The lone exception is NFL analyst Bucky Brooks. Brooks has the Cowboys selecting Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy.With Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Ware getting older and the unknown fate of free agent Anthony Spencer, the Cowboys definitely have a lot of needs to fill all along their defensive line. And Ealy has been a favorite in some early mock draft around the blogosphere. Here’s what Brooks says about the Cowboys possible first round pick:
“Jerry Jones has been known to gamble on a player with significant upside. Ealy is as talented as they come, but his production doesn’t match his athleticism at this point.”
NFL analyst Charles Davis has the Cowboys selecting Alabama’s HaHa Clinton-Dix claiming the safety position has been an issue for years in Dallas. But the fact is, as Clinton-Dix is probably the best safety in this draft class, I don’t see him getting past the St. Louis Rams who select at both the #2 and the #13 picks in the first round.
The safety position appears to be the favor of the month for most mock drafts when it comes to the Cowboys first round pick. In fact, both Daniel Jeremiah and Matt Smith choose Louisville safety Calvin Pryor as Dallas top selection this year. As some are calling him the most physical player in this draft, Pryor has just recently moved up the ranks and into the first round. Here’s Smith’s explanation of his choice of Pryor for Dallas:
“Pick a position on defense and the Cowboys need help. Safety is a major concern as explosive plays really took the top off their unit. They’d love Clinton-Dix. but he’s already gone.”
The safeties currently on the Cowboys roster are Barry Church, J.J. Wilcox, Jeff Heath, and Matt Johnson. Safety Danny McCray is currently a free agent, but is mainly regulated to special teams. The Cowboys already have of a group of young players that lack NFL experience. I’m not sure bringing in another project is the wisest course of action for Dallas. A veteran safety might be a better fit at this point.