The Dallas Cowboys are inching closer to the NFL draft and the move they plan to make doesn’t seem too secretive.
The defensive line is of huge concern for the Boys and the prospects seem to be plenty at the moment.
There’s Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina, and Anthony Barr from UCLA leading the charge as the can’t miss picks. Then there are players like Aaron Donald from Pittsburgh, or Timmy Jernigan from Florida St. Even the likes of a Louis Nix from Notre Dame could be an interesting pick.
What happens if those players are no longer available by the time the Cowboys go on the clock? Do they sit tight, or even risk trading up for a shot at Clowney or Barr?
Truthfully, I see no reason to fret, even if all the names mentioned are gone. Heck, if that’s the case, then why not address the safety position that’s suffering as well. A pick of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor would be a welcome acquisition.
With eleven picks to mix and match, I see good things happening in this draft. And if the front office can break the mentality of a need for more offense, things could be pretty difficult to mess up.
Look no further than this year’s Super Bowl Champs. The Seahawks waltzed to victory on the backs of a stellar defense and a good, not great, offense. The Cowboys offense is already good, so with the exception of maybe two or so picks just leave it alone and start stacking that defense. No more late round experiments please, like a Matt Johnson or J. J. Wilcox, who is still a question mark.
This draft has plenty of names. Even players such as Craig Loston from LSU can be had in the second or third round. Or how about the son of a former Cowboy great in Jackson Jeffcoat?
Draft defense early and draft it often and there could be plenty of fresh blood to work with on that side of the ball.