While in desperate need to upgrade the defense, there are several scenarios that would tempt the Dallas Cowboys to select offense first.
Multiple free agency losses to the Dallas Cowboys defense have fans rightly concerned about the future of the unit.
Two of the top three safeties are gone. The outside corner position suffered the same fate. Add in losing the most productive defensive tackle and heads are spinning.
Of those five key losses, three have been replaced. How effectively is debatable.
Damontre Moore (49 games, 10 sacks, 71 tackles) takes over at rotational defensive end for Jack Crawford (57 games, 9.5 sacks, 72 tackles). Moore is equal or better.
Nolan Carroll (101 games, 8 INT’s, 47 pass def) replaces corner Brandon Carr (144 games, 15 INT’s, 111 pass def). Carroll is a downgrade the draft must fix.
Defensive tackle Stephen Paea (79 games, 125 tackles, 14 sacks) steps in for Terrell McClain (62 games, 89 tackles, 4.5 sacks). Paea will improve inside pressure.
Dallas still lacks an explosive edge rusher and secondary help is badly needed. Fans have every right to demand drafting defense first, early, and often.
Strong devotion to drafting defense is the right call. However, there are reasonable first round scenarios where the Cowboys may invest in offense.