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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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  • baronmwd

    The only DE worthy of pick 16 is Barr. No Safety at 16 please !!! the only way I see a DE or a Safety going to Dallas in first round is if Dallas trades back to end of 1st round. I would like them to go O-Line or LB with there first pick. DE /DT is very deep this year& we can get starter quality at those positions rounds 2-4. I don’t think this is the year for a high round Safety, we need to give our young Safeties another year to progress. Revisit the Safety position in 2015.

  • Guy Smith

    A Second 2nd rounder, especially a higher one would allow us to move down a bit , still get a good player, and have More draft selections in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Deep drafts only are good if you have enough picks, and Know which players to choose..That;s why Jones needs to get away from the team and just sign the checks.

  • brian basile

    16
    WR MIKE EVANS
    TEXAS A&M
    47
    S JIMMIE WARD
    NORTHERN ILLINOIS
    78
    DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE
    BOISE STATE
    119
    DT DAQUAN JONES
    PENN STATE
    158
    G JON HALAPIO
    FLORIDA
    229
    DE ETHAN WESTBROOKS
    WEST TEXAS A&M
    231
    WR JALEN SAUNDERS
    OKLAHOMA
    238
    OT MATT PATCHAN
    BOSTON COLLEGE
    248
    DE AARON LYNCH
    USF
    251
    RB JERICK MCKINNON
    GEORGIA SOUTHERN
    254
    FB J.C. COPELAND
    LSU

  • Alfredo Martinez

    This team REALLY NEED rushmen in the early rounds…we need Marinelli magic with young prospects in the front 7… My prospects in the first round for the cowboys at 16: ANTHONY BARR and AARON DONALD… and in a trade down scenario SCOTT CRICHTON, KONY EALY ( he can play DE or 3 tech), RAY SHAZIER, or TIM JERDIGAN…