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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  • Dallas5052

    Romo will dominate in 2014 and win the Super Bowl, and all you negative fans can kiss my ass!!!

    • 5150

      no problem – and if they don’t win it, then you’ll be kissing ours, right?

  • David

    1) Pryor
    2) Crichton
    3) Dozier, Jackson, Yankey or Richardson. One of those quality guards should be there.
    4) Smith, Zumwalt or Kirksey. They need OLB help badly as well.
    5) Urban, Marsh or Hart. Back to DE again. Or they could go WR if a Mike Davis is there.
    The bottom line is they need playmakers everywhere..

    • Scott.

      Definetly like 2,3, 4 round ideas. Hopefully if Pryor is the pick they were able to trade back and get a pick.

      • David

        I dont think they will be able to trade back to far and still get Pryor. The Ravens, Cards, Pack and Iggles could all use an upgrade at safety.

    • PaulTX

      I like Crichton, but I think Dallas is thinking Demarcus Lawrence. Tuitt is another option at #2. If we trade back from #16, I’m thinking Ealy or Shazier.

  • brian basile

    16
    OLB ANTHONY BARR
    UCLA
    47
    DE SCOTT CRICHTON
    OREGON STATE
    78
    WR MARTAVIS BRYANT
    CLEMSON
    119
    DT WILL SUTTON
    ARIZONA STATE
    158
    S BROCK VEREEN
    MINNESOTA
    229
    OG JOHN URSCHEL
    PENN STATE
    231
    DE AARON LYNCH
    USF
    238
    OT MATT PATCHAN
    BOSTON COLLEGE
    248
    RB JERICK MCKINNON
    GEORGIA SOUTHERN
    251
    FB J.C. COPELAND
    LSU
    254
    S MARQUESTON HUFF
    WYOMING

    • David

      I could live with that draft. I would love to see the Cowboys get Barr.

  • John Mason

    16 Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix
    S Alabama
    47 Dominique Easley

    DT Florida
    78 Kareem Martin

    DE UNC
    119 Garrett Gilbert

    QB SMU
    158 Brandon Coleman

    WR Rutgers
    229 Isiah Crowell

    RB Alabama St
    231 Larry Webster

    DE Bloomsburg
    238 John Urschel

    G Penn St
    248 Matt Patchan

    OT Boston College
    251 Spencer Long
    DE Nebraska
    254 Shamar Stephen
    DT UConn