T-Minus 18-days until draft day in the NFL and although it is later than usual, Dallas Cowboys fans are anxiously awaiting to see who will be drafted and how they will impact the Cowboys this season. There are many needs that still need to be addressed and although the Cowboys themselves are not calling it a “rebuilding” mode, technically it can be considered rebuilding. The Cowboys lost key players on defense and therefore since free agency only brought in one defensive player in Henry Melton, the draft must be used to begin once again working on depth on the defensive side of the ball.
Now Dallas fans as a whole are uncertain what direction the team should take when it comes to the draft. There is a mixed bag of responses when asking Dallas fans which way they want to go. There are people, like myself, who feel the first 4 picks should be strictly defensive as that is where the greatest need is. Then there are people who think we should spend the first round draft pick on a good wide receiver like Mike Evans. It really depends on who you ask.
A big consensus of Dallas fans are in agreement that it would be an exciting draft if we could somehow snag Aaron Donald out of Pittsburgh. Donald is quick and has been described as a shark one moment he’s there and the next he is breaking the quarterback. Dallas came out and said earlier this week they will not trade up for more draft picks and if they do trade down would only be a couple of spots. Nothing spectacular but in a way that’s good too because it means general manager and owner Jerry Jones won’t find a way to continue to mortgage the future for the now.
The boon in the whole draft situation this year is having Will McClay be in charge of the draft board. McClay was responsible for finding the off-the-street players to come in and fulfill immediate needs with the injuries we sustained. McClay has been attributed to bringing in George Selvie and Nick Hayden who were assets to the team last season. He’s smart and he looks for speed players. We all know in a defense speed kills and can only be an asset to this team. In addition McClay knows that the details are important. The smallest detail can mean the difference between an 8-8 season and a 10-6 season. We, as Dallas fans have seen where just a small detail could have won us the NFC East last year.
So whether you are a Dallas fan who is disgruntled and have stopped looking at each year as “the one” or you are the Dallas fan who wipes the slate clean and continues to look at each new season with a positive outlook, you cannot deny the draft in 18 days has you on pins and needles!