Cowboys 2014 Draft First Round Dilemma - Safety or Defensive End?

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Aug 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli talks strategy with defensive end Landon Cohen (92) during fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 12-7. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The overall consensus about the Dallas Cowboys is the defense needs to be improved. Our Cowboys were ranked 32nd, which is last, in yards allowed with 415.3. The Cowboys ranked 26th last year by allowing 27 points per game. I’m a big fan of the K.I.S.S. Method – which stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. So, here’s a simple question – How do offenses gain yards and score points? Simple answer – By passing and running the football.

How did the Cowboys rank defensively against the run and the pass? They ranked 27th by allowing 7.4 yards per opponent pass attempt. They ranked 30th allowing 286.8 passing yards per game. Against the run, the Cowboys’ defense ranked 30th allowing an average of 4.7 yards per carry. They ranked 26th allowing 128.5 rushing yards per game.

The good news is, we have a chance to improve defensively with 11 picks in the 2014 NFL draft. The emphasis is on our first round pick. This player, our first rounder, is supposed to make an immediate impact. Is that always the case and if so, how big of an impact should Cowboy Nation expect?

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