The NFL Draft has slowly crept up on all of us. While the Cowboys do not have a first round pick in this years draft, there’s still plenty to be excited about. Last season the Cowboys took a major step forward, including that elusive first playoff win in the Dak Prescott era. While there was much to be excited about, there’s also a few glaring needs to address in Nashville this weekend.
Cowboys Biggest Draft Needs (IDL, DB)
Last season, the Cowboys boasted the 13th best pass defense along with the fifth best rush defense. Despite having a stingy defense overall, there are some voids on defense that need to be addressed.
The interior of the defensive line was decimated with the retirement of David Irving and the departure of Caraun Reid. Dallas will likely look to add some young depth and talent to maintain that stout rush defense.
Depending on which round(s) the Cowboys address the interior, they could be targeting players like Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State or Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois.
Dallas’ secondary obviously is young and extremely talented with players like Byron Jones making headlines. Jones needs another playmaker policing the passing zones and Dallas will likely look to improve their depth at the safety position. Players like Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State or Darnell Savage, S, Maryland stand out as good fits.
Jerry Jones and the Cowboys front office have played things very close to the chest with this draft. More so than in recent memory. Reports from the Cowboys organization suggest they are very aware how little the team has invested in safety this offseason. NFL analyst and former Cowboy Gil Brandt said “There’s more safeties in this draft, of quality, than I’ve ever seen in my life.”. At pick 58, look for Jones to pull the trigger on a safety like Abram or Savage if available.