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Defensive Line Must Be Priority For Dallas Cowboys

Nov 18, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) – defensive end Anthony Spencer (93) – linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) – defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) – linebacker Bruce Carter (54) – nose tackle Jay Ratliff (90) and cornerback Brandon Carr (39) on the line of scrimmage before a play during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

As draft day approaches, this is the time that I get most excited for what is to come. It makes for good fun to look at all the different mock drafts and think of the potential of certain players putting on a Cowboy uniform.

With that being said, it is a little alarming to see the possibility of the firepower we could be losing to start this next season.

First, we look at Jason Hatcher. Hatcher easily notched the best season of his career tallying 11 sacks as a defensive tackle and proving to be a spark for a very mentally broken defense.

Secondly, Anthony Spencer is likely out the door as well. While not playing at all in 2013, he had a career high 10 sacks in 2010 which earned him the franchise tag.

Last, we stand to lose DeMarcus Ware. This might be the toughest pill to swallow as the numbers Ware has produced speak for themselves. Has age caught up to him?

Remember that all of this could happen just a few months after having sent Jay Ratliff to Chicago.

Considering the numbers these four guys put up, it’s a shame they never could seem to get on the field at the same time. Now it seems moving on is the only option.

With the imminent loss of at least one of these guys, the defensive line has to be a priority in the draft. In a pass happy league, pressure on the quarterback is a must, so it would be wise to invest some high picks on some fresh faces.

Perhaps Jerry can even recreate the miracle that was the 2005 draft in which there was a big emphasis on defense.

That draft produced the likes of Chris Canty, Marcus Spears, Jay Ratliff, and of course, DeMarcus Ware.

There are some good names out there so the odds are good.

Topics: Anthony Spencer, Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher

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  • Earl Robertson

    That 2005 draft seemed to look good but Canty never played to his potential in Dallas and Spears could have been so much better. I think the 34 really mess those two guys up. If they played in a 43 coached by someone like Mike Zimmer they probably would have been a lot better!

  • ctcowboy1968

    Cowboys can’t afford overpriced Hatcher and Spencer. Let them test the market. Ware’s days are behind him. Great in camp, but the season wears him down. We need young and hungry DL that want to play. Not old dudes that are just here to be paid.

  • SmartThinking

    If you read what Broaddus, young Jones, old Jones and some of the other Cowboy braintrust are putting out through the media right now, they’re talking like they’re going to burn their first one or two draft picks on a quarterback or another WR rather than fix the offensive line or most of the defense. Maybe it’s smoke. Probably not. Business as usual for this rudderless ship?

  • D Harris

    I agree that the DL is a huge problem. However, I think we can use later draft picks to bolster the DT’s and OL. Use early rounds to pick up game changing players.
    QB help should not be overlooked with the 2 guys we have.

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