It’s nothing new when we state that the 2013 Dallas Cowboys was a squad that had some issues. It was painfully obvious that these issues were going to hold back a team that could have very easily made it into the post season. As players started to fall left and right on the defensive side of the ball, and the offense couldn’t seem to be consistent, it was clear something had to be done to fix this group.
Most people will say Dallas needs pass rushers. This is true. Others say there’s no one else in the secondary that performs consistently outside of Brandon Carr. Debatable, but this viewpoint could hold some water. Finally, the combination of an offensive line in flux and a running back crew that took turns being injured makes the Cowboys one dimensional on offense at times. Spot on.
So what can fix all of these issues? What’s one thing you can add to all of these problem areas to make the 2014 Dallas Cowboys better than the mediocre team they’ve been? The answer is speed.
Speed is one thing teams struggle defending or beating, unless they have burners on their team, which is not always the case. Take division rival Philadelphia as an example of how speed makes them better. They’ve got players like DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy that thrive on the ability to get away from people. When Jackson lines up on the outside, teams have to shift help over to his side or he’ll run right by people. McCoy has the lateral speed and quickness that drives defenses insane. Speed keeps teams honest, and speed can help fix some of the issues Dallas is having – on both sides of the ball.
The following three players are possibilities the Cowboys could draft this year that could add some speed to the lack of pass rushers, an inefficient running game.