Should Cowboys Draft Taylor Lewan in First Round?

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Sep 7, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive linesman Taylor Lewan (77) against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2014 NFL Draft about a month away, the Dallas Cowboys are widely assumed to be prioritizing the reconstruction of the National Football League’s worst defense.

Rightly so.

Numerous mock drafts offer potential lead-off acquisitions like defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Timmy Jernigan, defensive end Kony Ealy (I’m one of those) and nose guard Louis Nix III. For the Cowboys to add any of those names in the first round would be a great start.

I’m not really sold on what direction owner and general manager Jerry Jones will end up going in New York. While the correct suspicion is that a defensive player not only should be chosen, but must be chosen, might have many set up for a deflating moment when Dallas makes its first selection.

An argument can be made for simply taking the best player available, even if it’s an offensive player that was never expected to be around in the first place.

Offense hasn’t exactly been the weakest link of the Cowboys roster over the last couple of seasons. Under head coach Jason Garrett’s now-vaporized input on the offense, Dallas seldom had problems moving the football. In general, the Cowboys have shown the ability to put up points, which lends truth to Jones’ recent declaration that no rebuilding is necessary while Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo is under center.

Regardless of whether it’s Garrett, offensive coordinator Bill Callahan or new passing game coordinator Scott Linehan in charge of this offense, it’s clear that the Cowboys will have to be mighty productive if they want to be competitive next season. This means that Romo, who’s coming off multiple and recent back surgeries, will have to stay upright. It also means that Dallas will have to continue the success it enjoyed last season running the football. Running back DeMarco Murray became the first 1,000-plus yard rusher for the Cowboys since 2006 in gaining 1,121 yards on 217 carries last season. That’s good for an average of just under five yards per carry.

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  • Draftmane

    of course if he is there

  • Tony Hernandez, III

    It really depends on who else is there. But Cowboys must draft the best player on the board, do not draft for need.

    • ctcowboy1968

      I think that has to be a balance between BPA and need. We can only play so many guys at one position. There are just many glaring needs right now that need to be fixed.

    • PaulTX

      Careful, that philosophy might get you Manziel. If I drafted him, I would make him ride bench for two seasons behind Romo. Give him more time to develop his game. I hate seeing these young guys getting thrown to the wolves right away.

  • PaulTX

    I think CBS Sports board is probably the closest to my board. I have Lewan around #12. This draft has quite a few good OTs, which means Lewan could be around by #16. My hope is that Manziel, Bridgewater, Bortles, Watkins, Evans, Matthews, Robinson, and Lewan go in #1-15, so some of the better defensive guys like Barr, Clinton-Dix, Pryor, and Mosley are around at #16. After Clowney I see all the other DEs as being a reach at #16. All that being said, if Barr is still on the board, I take him, if not I take Lewan. I value OT more than CB, WR, QB, or DT for Dallas.

  • ctcowboy1968

    I am a first round DL guy. But if Lewan is there, you have to take him. Book end quality tackles for the next ten years. Got to do that. Nice to fantasize, but Gmen will never let Lewan get past their pick at 12. Their biggest need is T. Eli has lead the league in interceptions 2-3 times. Gmen’s success goes thru Eli.

  • Old Frog

    I would prefer a guard but I could definitely live with this. Finish what we’ve started with the O line and keep Romo healthy.

  • SmartThinking

    I’ve lobbied on this forum for months that the weakest area of this team is the offensive line. Those five guys are the engine that drives the entire offense and they dictate field position for the defense. Both OG’s need serious upgrading … Now!

    The first round ought to be spent on a pulling guard. If not, and the direction is T, that’s close enough. Some of these round ones and twos are capable of playing both positions and that’s even better. If Dallas drafts a T in round one, OK. There’s been talk and even some flirting with moving Free to RG.

    With his size and agility, G might actually serve him better than his present RT position.

    In any case, those moves would cover 80% of the changes this team needs to get the OL stronger and moving again. Once that’s done, the offense can move the ball, either score or, finally, leave the defense with field position they can work with rather than the terrible position they continually found themselves in last season that crippled their effectiveness and resulted in score after score by the opposition and a dead last finish for this defense.

  • David

    Is he going to play FS or are they going to move Free to FS haha.

  • Guy Smith

    Dear Cowboys, Do you realize by being 8-8 for the last Three seasons, there are no playoffs, we get a Mid first round pick too. We may have to watch as DT Donald and OT Lewan are selected just ahead of us..Please do us all a favor, and if we’re not going to make the playoffs, have the decency to fisih either 7-9, 6-10..or WORSE.