Dallas Cowboys: Which first-round draft strategy do you prefer?

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The Dallas Cowboys, having a truly dreadful season, seem destined for a high draft choice. What should their strategy be?

I know, it’s way to early to be thinking about the draft. But in my defense, I’m hardly the first guy to write about this.

With the Dallas Cowboys playing the worst football they’ve played in years, writing about how their actual games has become a lot less fun. Speculating how one might improve the team, on the other hand, almost seems more appropriate.

Dallas Cowboys Prognosis

Looking at the team, it’s not hard to find needs. Swing a dead cat in the defensive line-up and you see a need, ditto for the offensive line. Well, almost. If I was going to pick one position that seems less dire on the defense, it would be defensive end.

Sure, it would be nice to have another stud pass rusher, but with DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, and maybe Aldon Smith returning, there are far more pressing needs in other parts of the defense. Cornerback, safety, linebacker, defensive tackle…. Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

To be more specific on offensive line, Dallas could use a new offensive tackle. While trouble on the O-line has been the shorthand due to all the injuries, the tackle position has been a much bigger problem than the interior line.

Okay, so we know the team needs. Check. It looks like we can also predict that Dallas will probably have a top ten pick. As of this writing, America’s Team is penciled in at the third overall draft pick. But with seven games remaining, that could go up or down.

It’s even possible, in the weirdest season ever, in a historically horrific NFC East, that somehow Dallas, now at two wins and seven losses, could take the division, and have a much lower draft pick. Sure, that’s possible.

But it’s unlikely (he says with hope in his heart). So, for now, let’s assume their pick is somewhere between two and ten. Now, let’s take a look at the top college players coming out, and what that tells us.