Draft: Cowboys' Top 3 At 'Need' Positions

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Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (R) talks to Pittsburh Panthers Aaron Donald (L) during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

As always the debate over drafting players based on team NEEDS, or selecting the overall BEST AVAILABLE player rages on a month before the 2014 NFL draft.

My personal take is a combination of the two.  A team must draft the best available player among ANY of their reasonable positions of need.  Drafting early at a firmly solidified position (other than QB) is poison.

A textbook example was Jerry Jones foolishly drafting TE Gavin Escobar in Round 2 of the 2013 draft.  Escobar was neither the best available player at ANY position, nor was there a rational need at TE.

Star veteran Jason Witten still produces well, and youngster James Hannah was showing much promise (when they actually used him).  There was little point to burn a high draft pick on a 3rd receiving TE.

In doing so they absurdly passed over OG Larry Warford.  The massive player who surrendered 1 sack in all of his Senior season at Kentucky.  With Warford (rookie starter for Lions), the Cowboys would now have a complete o-line.  Instead, they must entertain selecting any of 4 OL next month at pick 16.

Moving forward, there are 8 realisitic positions of NEED for the 2014 Cowboys. Ones that can rationally be addressed in Round 1, without cursing Jerry Jones for the countless time on Draft Day.

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