Entering the 2012 NFL Draft, Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett should have a better idea of what the Dallas Cowboys need to make a long playoff run in 2012. Between now and the time of the draft some players will be released from their contracts and some players will have re-signed with the Cowboys or signed new deals to become a Cowboy.
After a disappointing end to the 2011 season, the Cowboys have a lot of holes to fill in their personnel. Hopefully the Cowboys plan on addressing some of these needs in free agency. The NFL Draft however, is where teams are built for the future.
The Cowboys have drafted pretty well in recent years with the exception of the 2009 debacle following the Roy E. Williams trade. Last year, during Garrett's first draft as head coach, the Cowboys selected their left tackle for the next 10 to 15 years, and their featured running back for the 2012 season.
Garrett needs to continue that success in 2012 for the Cowboys to make a long playoff run. Filling needs during the draft is essential for the Cowboys and their are plenty of needs for the Cowboys to fill.
The draft prospects rankings are from the Bleacher Reports' Matt Miller's New Era Scouting website. New Era Scouting is a great tool for anyone looking for the best NFL draft information.