#4. Draft a Weakside Linebacker
The Dallas Cowboys drafted an injured Jaylon Smith with their high second round pick back in 2016 with the intent of him becoming their future star at middle linebacker.
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Now, Dallas must do the same for the weakside spot. The position currently occupied by All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee.
Due to the 31-year old’s extensive injury history and age, the Cowboys have to start thinking about replacing Lee in the next couple seasons. And due to his inconsistent availability, whomever they tap to do so will like have to play significant minutes in their first season in Dallas.
Neither Anthony Hitchens, Damien Wilson or any other linebacker currently on the Cowboys current roster appear to be the right candidates to do so. And again, due to their draft ammunition this offseason, 2018 would be the perfect time fro Dallas to find Lee’s eventual replacement at that weakside spot.
If this season has proven anything, it’s just how important Lee is to this Dallas’ defense. And when he’s not on the field, the team falters, in great part, because of his absence. The Cowboys simply can not be that dependent on one player without a suitable back-up waiting in the wings.
Dallas must find their Sean Lee-clone this offseason and start developing him behind the original Pro Bowler. Even if it means using a very high draft pick to do so.