Cowboys Draft Needs & Roster Review: Part 2

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Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath (84) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee (50) and cornerback Brandon Carr (39) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

LINEBACKERS
Sean Lee – 32, cap number – $7.5 million
Bruce Carter – 28, cap number - $1.54 million
Justin Durant – 27, cap number - $1.45 million
Kyle Wilber – 27, cap number – $679,800
Devonte Holloman – 27, cap number - $521,000
Orie Lemon – 24, cap number – $570,000
Martez Wilson – 24, cap number – $645,000
Cameron Lawrence – 29, cap number - $495,000

Lee coulda, woulda, shoulda made the Pro Bowl… you know, if he could play a whole year.  Carter regressed, badly and Durant was decent but certainly not spectacular.  Kyle Wilber proved that he belonged in this group and not on the line and his play progressed accordingly and Holloman may be a nice find in a late round, something not exactly common for Jerry Jones in the draft.  Really, drafting a linebacker would make some sense, just as long as it’s not another gamble on a guy who is coming off some major injury.

DRAFT NEED – High (2nd-4th round)

DEFENSIVE BACKS
Brandon Carr – 28, cap number – $12.22 million
Orlando Scandrick – 27, cap number - $6.6 million
Morris Claiborne – 24, cap number - $4.44 million
Sterling Moore – 24, cap number – $645,000
B.W. Webb – 24, cap number - $605,850
Barry Church – 26, cap number – $2 million
J.J. Wilcox – 23, cap number – $661,500
Jeff Heath – 23, cap number - $495,700
Matt Johnson – 25, cap number - $570,150

Scandrick and Church were the overtly obvious two best of this group all year, as either may have been considered the defensive MVP.  Carr fell off from the previous year but his regression was probably more scheme based.  Claiborne is a huge variable that could very well either lead this unit or be cut after next year.  Moore should have never been cut in training camp but should never be more than a fourth or fifth CB.  The safety position is just a mess.

DRAFT NEED – High (1st-3rd round)

Is a “perfect” draft possible?  Overwhelmingly the answer is probably no, however a measured, calculated intelligent draft is highly possible.  Stringing together multiple drafts that fit that mold is what is truly important.  To review how the Cowboys should look to get better through the draft, see the model below and keep in mind that the determining factor on which way to go should always be best available player. Ultimately, I think the Cowboys need at least two defensive lineman, a safety and a linebacker in the first five picks.

Round 1 – Defensive Line or Defensive Back
Round 2 – Defensive Line or Defensive Back
Round 3 – Defensive Line or Linebacker
Round 4 – Linebacker or Offensive Line
Round 5 – Linebacker or Wide Receiver
Round 6 – Defensive Line or Wide Receiver
Round 7 – Defensive Line or Defensive Back

 

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