On Sunday, we covered the offensive side of the ball and found few draft needs for the Cowboys in 2014. Here is that article, if you would like to read it in its entirety.
Essentially, the only areas that the draft could or maybe should address would be a tackle or guard somewhere in the 3rd to 5th round and possibly a speed wide receiver in rounds five through seven. Clearly this means the bulk of the draft should be defensive. In case you happen to disagree, I submit to you, 43-8 as Exhibit A. Also known as Bronco Beatdown or more commonly know as Super Bowl XLVIII. The whole world saw what a dominant defense can do to a team. After all, the Broncos waltzed into Jerry World and dropped 51 on the Cowboys. Against Seattle’s number one defense, the Broncos did not have 51 YARDS until the second quarter was almost over. Food for thought.
With that, let’s address the Cowboys defensive roster and see where improvements are needed.
DeMarcus Ware – 32, cap number – $16 million
Nick Hayden – 28, cap number – $730,000
George Selvie – 27, cap number - $730,000
Everette Brown – 27, cap number - $730,000
Tyrone Crawford – 24, cap number – $733,800
Ben Bass – 24, cap number – $425,750
Corey Irvin – 29, cap number - $730,000
Frank Kearse – 25, cap number – $645,000
The good news is that seven guys make under $5 million. The bad news is there is not enough talent to have a more robust payroll in the department. Hayden and Selvie were saviors in that they actually played something resembling NFL caliber football for most of the year. Crawford and Bass represent the biggest area of hope but are coming off season ending injuries and did not play one down the entire year. Clearly, Irvin, Brown and Kearse are replaceable. And then there is Ware. To keep or not to keep, that is the question. Ultimately, the Cowboys might be stuck with one more year and the prayer that he can stay injury free for an entire year and be the player that deserves three times more than the entire unit. Regardless, at least one, if not two pass rushers are needed.
DRAFT NEED – High (1st-3rd rounds)