The NFL Draft is one of the next marked dates on the Dallas Cowboys’ calendar. What should the Cowboys look for this time around?
We are just under three months away from the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas. On April 23rd, 2020, players, general managers, and fans alike will be wondering what every team is doing.
This is an annual debate that the Dallas Cowboys organization and its fans have. It causes arguments, laughs, and even tears. What should the Cowboys prioritize this upcoming draft?
It is blatantly obvious that the Cowboys’ defense did not play even close to as good as many thought they would. Their defense on paper and their defense on the field looked different.
While their defense against the pass had its ups and downs, it was defending the run that stood out the most. Sure, they ranked 11th in rushing yards per game, but it simply wasn’t good enough.
With four key contributors to the defensive line needing a new contract and the Cowboys currently in a cap crunch, someone is going to have to go. The notable names are Michael Bennett, Robert Quinn, Maliek Collins, and Antwaun Woods.
Quinn is too good to want a cheap contract so he will be gone, and Bennett is going to need to take a cheap contract if he is going to stay. It wouldn’t surprise me if two or possibly three of those names walk away. That leaves the defensive line thin.
With defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford back from surgery, Trysten Hill needing to take a step up, and DeMarcus Lawrence coming off a bad season statistically, there isn’t much left. Yes, Lawrence was being double-teamed and that explains his drop, but he needs some help.
Dallas does have the young Hill and Dorance Armstrong, but I don’t want to wait and bet on them. It is much safer to add more young talent than to expect one of the two to take a big step up.
Investing a high pick may be an option. This will depend on how much faith they have in Crawford and if they somehow manage to re-sign Quinn.