If the Cowboys get a top ten pick, which need should they fill first?

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Sep 13, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett runs on the field before the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Dallas won 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 Dallas Cowboys were likely one controversial play away from the NFC Championship game and two wins from a Super Bowl berth.

So the expectations for the Cowboys this season were justifiably higher than they’ve been in a long time.

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But, like most things in life, things don’t always unfold as expected.

For the 2015 Cowboys, this season took a major nose dive after the loss of their starting quarterback, Tony Romo, in Week Two to a collarbone injury.

Although Romo looks to make his return this Sunday to face the Miami Dolphins, and hopefully save Dallas’ season, the Cowboys playoff chances appear slim at best.

In fact, Dallas has a better chance to land a top ten selection in next year’s NFL Draft.

And if the latter actually happens, the Cowboys have numerous areas they could look to address with that high draft pick.

I’ve identified those areas of greatest need as being:

Running Back
Wide Receiver
Defensive End
Defensive Tackle

Each of the above positions could look very different along the Cowboys roster when the season ends, with several key players heading to free agency and other simply underperforming.

In the following pages, we look at those potential positions of need on Dallas’ roster, plus free agent and draft options for each one.

Next: Top Ten Pick: Cowboys Quarterback Options