Cowboys drafting for defense in the first round makes sense

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Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys
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Is defense the right way to go in the first round?

The defense was seen as a huge letdown for the Cowboys in 2020. They ranked in the bottom half of the league in almost every defensive category including rushing yards allowed per game (158.8), points allowed per game (29.6), and total yards allowed per game (386.4).

A defense this poor likely won’t win a Super Bowl any time soon.  The last time that a team won the Super Bowl with a bottom 10 defense was the 2006 Indianapolis Colts. Their defense ranked 25th in the league, according to

As a result, the Cowboys should start building that defense through the draft. This year’s 10th overall pick would be a great starting point. With this team really tight in cap space, only having an estimated $16.3 million according to, they likely don’t have the money to sign big-name defensive free agents.

Defense appears to be one of the major things holding the Cowboys back from being a true contender. With Dallas focusing on winning, this could be one of their last chances to pick an elite defensive player this early for years to come.