Cowboys Draft Needs & Roster Review: Part 1

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Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) celebrates with running back DeMarco Murray (29) after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) celebrates with running back DeMarco Murray (29) after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

RUNNING BACKS
DeMarco Murray – 26, cap number – $1.55 million
Lance Dunbar – 24, cap number – $570,000
Joseph Randle – 22, cap number – $542,000
Phillip Tanner – 26, Restricted Free Agent
Tyler Clutts – 29, cap number – $645,000

Murray gave Dallas their first 1,000 yard rusher in eight seasons and represents one of the few cheap players that already produce well on game days. Dunbar will be coming off a knee injury and Randle was less than impressive in his rookie season. Tanner has never broken through and Clutts could be cut if the Cowboys go back to committing to multiple tight end formations. Since there are always tons of available veteran options, unless there is an absolute steal at the right time in the draft, wasting a pick on this position would be stupid.

DRAFT NEED – Low

WIDE RECIEVERS
Dez Bryant – 25, cap number – $3.89 million
Miles Austin – 30, cap number – $8.25 million
Terrance Williams – 24, cap number – $685,000
Dwayne Harris – 26, cap number – $682,500
Cole Beasley – 25, cap number – $570,500

Bryant earned his first Pro-Bowl honor and became a leader for this team in 2013. His big payday is coming which is all the more reason it is almost a certainty that Austin will be released. Williams, Harris and Beasley will give the Cowboys pretty solid depth. Taking a flyer on a speedster in a lower round or picking up a veteran on the cheap are possible options to round out that fifth spot.

DRAFT NEED – Moderate (5th-7th round)

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  • Old Frog

    Sounds good to me except for the O line. I want a premier Guard drafted higher to start rather than a back up in the later rounds.

    • SmartThinking

      Great minds think alike. A killer right OG is the key to this offense. Bernadeau is easily the weakest link followed by Leary. A new OG between Frederick and Free and Murray can run anywhere he wants.

      • Old Frog

        Left guard, right guard I don’t care. Just so long as he is big, mean, and coachable.