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

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Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end George Selvie (99) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports


The Cowboys let the most accomplished pass rusher in their team’s illustrious history walk in free agency.  Each of the free agent pick ups since losing DeMarcus Ware have really focused on the interior of the line (Henry Melton, Terrell McClain) with one signing of an end in Jeremy Mincey.  If the Cowboys start the season with Mincey and George Selvie in the starting lineup as their ends, it could make for a long season again defensively.  Dallas must use either their first or second round pick on a defensive end and probably another pick in either the fourth or fifth round as the pool of free agents left to help at that position is quite shallow.

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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


    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.