2014 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Draft Needs, In-Season Edition
As the NFL season winds down I will be taking a look at each team in the NFC East. The season’s end is fast approaching which means it is almost time for the NFL Draft. Who are teams looking at for help in 2014? More importantly, what are the team needs? We start with the Dallas Cowboys. They are on course for yet another mediocre .500 season. Which that result could spell the end for Jason Garrett’s era in Dallas. If the Cowboys finish 7-9 Garrett’s final record would be 28-28. His only winning season was in 2010 finishing the season with a 5-3 record.
The biggest issue with this team has to be the defense. They are currently giving up 427 yards per game and what has to be really concerning is the fact that it doesn’t matter if it is against a starting or backup quarterback. The Cowboys were hit with the injury bug on the defensive line worse than any other position group. Anthony Spencer and Jay Ratliff did not play for the Cowboys on defense this year. Demarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher have alternated time on the injury report. With that said the Cowboys need to use more than one selection on the defensive line.
Defensive Line prospects to watch: Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota and Kony Ealy, Missouri are two players I expect to be in the running for the Cowboys first selection.
The offense is not without fault. While you can expect that a tight end will not be selected this year, which may be the only group that most likely won’t be addressed. The Cowboys have their franchise quarterback in Tony Romo and he is having a career season after signing that monster contract. However, Romo is 33 and most wouldn’t be shocked to see his eventual heir get drafted in May. Offensive line should be addressed to protect their $100 million investment. The left side of the line is set with youth but the right guard and right tackle will need to be addressed.
Offensive line prospects to watch: David Yankey, Stanford and Cameron Erving, Florida State are two prospects to keep an eye on.
Team Needs: (in no particular order) DE, DT, OLB, FS, WR, OG, OT, QB, RB
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