Big Boy in the Middle
Drafting a stud defensive tackle is key for the Cowboys this year. With seven defensive linemen needing a new contract, it is going to be tough to re-sign everyone.
It does not look like Dallas will take one in the first round, simply because of the possibility of safeties Grant Delpit and Xavier McKinney being available. The attention to improving the safety position is escalating and I’m sure owner Jerry Jones wants it addressed.
If the Cowboys were to look at drafting a defensive tackle in the first round, they have some options. The biggest names amongst them are Auburn‘s Derrick Brown, South Carolina‘s Javon Kinlaw, and Oklahoma‘s Neville Gallimore.
We still need to wait until the combine, which starts in eight days. From there, we will be able to see just how athletic these guys are.
Now, I’m not saying that just because you perform well at the combine that you will be an elite NFL player, but it does help. It will give the edge to that respective player. The Cowboys should be picking the player they believe has the best technique and the best IQ.
To make it a dream offseason, Dallas picks up the safety they believe in the most in the first round. Skip over to the second round, and they can draft either Gallimore, Texas A&M‘s Justin Madubuike, or even Alabama‘s Raekwon Davis if he does well at the combine.
There are many options for Dallas, it’s just a matter of picking them in the right spot. If they feel they can grab someone later in a round, owner Jerry Jones and co. must be willing to trade down and acquire their player and more.
The availability of any of the above names at the 51st spot should be very intriguing for Dallas. Passing up on them would need to mean someone they never expected to be available falls onto their lap.
With those three things in play, Dallas can have a dream offseason. They fill urgent needs and will help put them in the best position possible to win. More decisions are needed, for sure, but these three are crucial.