2. Bolster the defense or jump-start the 88 club
Obviously, this won’t make me popular. Even with the top wide receiver slipping to the Cowboys during the 2020 NFL Draft, I still favored the top brass to go defensive. Going into the draft, we knew the defensive cabinet was bare, thin, and in need of replenishment.
The first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft was going to spell out the narrative for the ‘Boys. Of course, many believed that Mike McCarthy and company would pay attention to the deficit, not the surplus.
The Dallas Cowboys had studs for quarterback Dak Prescott. Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup were reaching the apex as the wide receiver duo in Big D. Also, Cooper and running back Ezekiel Elliott received major paydays, dwindling some of that precious pie in the sky.
I understand the love affair with CeeDee Lamb. On top of that, the Cowboys essentially played keep-away with the Eagles by taking him off the board. To date, Lamb has 44 catches, nearly 600 yards, and three touchdowns. He turns 22 next April, so he has a bright, long future ahead of him in Big D.
For reference, here is how the next three picks went after the Dallas Cowboys drafted Lamb at the 17th spot. Could any of these three rookies propel Dallas today? You tell me.
• Miami Dolphins | Austin Jackson | Offensive Tackle | 18th overall pick
• Las Vegas Raiders | Damon Arnette | Cornerback | 19th overall pick
• Jacksonville Jaguars | K’Lavon Chaisson | Edge | 20th overall pick