The Dallas Cowboys have several needs to fill in the draft.
Cowboys fans would readily say that some needs could be addressed twice in the draft. The defensive line is one area where fans might like to see the Cowboys attack twice, grabbing one guy in the first round.
Fans must keep in mind that some players would fit the Cowboys' 3-4 scheme better than others on the defensive line. Jerry Jones can't just plug a guy in at defensive end or defensive tackle and tell Rob Ryan to make him work. The player must fit the position for the 3-4 scheme.
For defensive end, the Cowboys may not be looking for someone who is a pure pass-rusher. They may be more interested in someone who is more effective in stopping the run and can eat up blocks on pass plays.
As far as defensive tackle is concerned, physique isn't the be all and end all in the Cowboys' 3-4 scheme. The guy needs to have skill, not just be a big guy who fills space. He needs to be able to blast up the middle to the backfield and drop back when needed.
Therefore, some players who may be high on the board when the Cowboys are readying to draft fit the scheme much better than others. Three defensive tackles will be realistic picks when Dallas comes up at No. 14.
Following is a look at how each one would fit.