Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) walks on the field during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat Oakland 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Should Think Defense on Draft Day

With everybody and their Aunt Fannie throwing their hat in the ring as to where they think the Cowboys should concentrate their efforts come Draft Day…I feel it is my obligation as a good Landry Hatter to put my two-cents in as well. My thoughts on the upcoming college draft can be summed up in one word…DEFENSE!

A quick look back at the disappointment that was the third consecutive 8-8 outing for our beloved ‘Boys shines a glowing light on the Cowboys biggest problem in 2013. Yes, I know the injury bug once again paid an unwelcome visit to the Dallas locker room, and of course I am aware that the offensive play calling was at times suspect. When we get down to the nitty-gritty of the situation, though, all fingers…and some toes…have to point squarely at the defensive side of the ball.

I’ve never been one to focus solely on stats. However, the embarrassing mess that was posted by Dallas last year just can’t be ignored. Besides being at the bottom of the NFL heap, the Cowboys D were in the “worst ever” category for several franchise marks to boot. I won’t go over the specifics, because, honestly, it’s just too painful at this point. What is obvious, though, is that the Cowboys precious draft picks should be spent on the most glaring needs…defensive front and secondary.

No more taking the best available player on the board…unless that happens to be a monster pass rusher or a fast and ferocious secondary find.

Free agency did little to help Dallas recover from the departure of some of their best defensive players…namely DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher. We all know that Ware had his share of injury problems in 2013. When it comes to a leader on defensive that has proven pass rushing ability, he was the Cowboys’ best proven talent. Now that he is wearing Bronco orange Dallas has big shoes to fill.

Although The Ranch bristles at the use of the term “rebuilding,” it is a fact that the Dallas defense has to be in that mode to some extent. Losing the primary cog in the wheel, as the Cowboys did when Ware departed, is not going to be an overnight fix. The pick up of Melton in free agency will help, but finding a primo pass rusher in the draft would be the best thing Dallas can hope for.

There are also needs in the secondary, most notably at the safety position. With the extra seventh round picks that Dallas has this year, here’s hoping they can bring in a host of talent to choose from…and I’m not talking about tight ends.

Dallas has a long way to go before they can climb the ladder to the defensive dominance they once enjoyed in the NFC East and the NFL as a whole. A solid draft day won’t solve all the issues that are present in Big D, but it could go a long way in getting back on the right track for seasons to come.

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