2014 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Top Draft Needs (Update)

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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

Over two months ago, I wrote a piece combing through the roster and assessing where the Cowboys biggest draft needs resided.  If you did not get a chance to read those articles, here they are:

PART ONE – OFFENSE
http://thelandryhat.com/2014/02/02/cowboys-draft-needs-roster-review-part-1/

PART TWO – DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS
http://thelandryhat.com/2014/02/04/cowboys-draft-needs-roster-review-part-2/

Given that these were written a full month before free agency and with less than a month before the draft, it seems like a good time to review things and determine what Dallas most focus on to build a strong roster through the draft.  With eleven picks, six of which come in the final round, the Cowboys have a few options.  They can either package a couple of low round picks to move up in a specific round if there is someone they really want or they have the luxury of using six picks in the seventh round as a sort of leg up on the free agent process when it comes to unsigned draftees.

Looking back at the previous projections and factoring in what has been done with some of the free agent moves, here is one man’s list of the five most important positions that Dallas must address in the draft.

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  • Keith Ranson

    Incorrect; The TOP Needs Are: DE,S,DT, LB,G,WR.

  • baronmwd

    No mention of WR? Fail !!!
    With the WR class so deep in the draft, a #2 or at very least a solid #3 outside WR is a must. We are one injury away at outside WR from panic mode. If Dez was to go down we would be in serious doo-doo.

  • PaulTX

    I would have said DB instead of CB, but other than that. Spot on.

  • Old Frog

    We need a better starting OG. If he can be a reliable backup at OT so much the better. I think Martin would beat out Leary or Bernie for a starting position at OG. You want to pass on Martin in the first then the plan better be to add Yankey, Dozier, Jackson, or even Richardson in the second or third round.

    • SmartThinking

      Apparently, these guys don’t read their feedback. Since the end of this past season, I’ve shouted to the heavens, as have you, for someone inside the Dallas brain trust to draft a first round pulling guard. And yet, another story from a writer, supposedly, with more inside knowledge of the team than you and I, stating that a competent OG can be had in the middle rounds. Big Jones, as well as little Jones are on record stating they’re going after defensive line talent in the middle rounds. (Apparently, all elite defensive and offensive players are hiding somewhere in the middle rounds).

      I’ll say it once again, so everyone understands: OG’s drive a team’s offensive line forward. C’s and OG’s are finesse players, not blunt tools like OT’s. If Murray is to gain another 1k yds., or more, somebody better wake up and realize the two current starting OG’s couldn’t, collectively, win a taffy pull.

      Once again, I look to New England as a model for what this Dallas team should be doing. Belichek understands what players move his offense and he places great value on OG’s and OT’s and, season after season, picks up several in the early draft rounds.

      Yes. There are many needs on this Dallas team which must be filled. Elite, game-changing players are not around in the mid rounds. All the more reason to fix the most important spots first. And one early OG draft pick will add power to this team, give Murray more room to run, and, most importantly, give our crippled multi-million dollar QB more time to find a target before getting smashed.

  • David

    Tyrone,

    How you do not have the Safety position on this list is a head scratcher. I just posted on another blog that The Cowboys four safeties have a combined had a grand total of 2 int’s and 10 pd’s last year. Thats horrible. The Cardinals starters had 4 picks and 20 pd’s. The Niners two safties had 6 picks and 23 pd’s. And yes they had a great defense but they were 18th in the league in sacks. So their secondary was a major part of their defense being so good. Those two teams have playmaking safeties. The Cowboys do NOT. The Bills safeties had 8 picks and 17 pd’s and they were 10th in the league in defense. It takes a well rounded defense to win in this pass happy league with more and more qb’s having mobility to extend plays.
    I agree with your other positions though..

    • Guy Smith

      Maybe the Cowboy’s think there is a separate draft for the Safety position. How else do you explain their total disreguard.

  • Alfredo Martinez

    Zach Metternberger is the qb model for the Air Coryell Offense… I want this guy for da boys in the 3rd-4rd round range… The cowboys need trade down in midle 20s and add a 2nd round pick, cause at 16 anthony barr and aaron donald will be off the board….Ryan shazier, Dee Ford, Scott Crichton could be an option in this trade down scenario…

  • Guy Smith

    Right now, a few weeks before the draft, put the Cowboy’s Front 7 together as it appears to be right now…Now, tell me That doesnt scare you.

  • 2smooth

    If they dont get Johnny Manziel they wont even be able to compete.