Six games remain in the regular season. The tea leaves have not decided yet whether the Dallas Cowboys will continue into January or head home to ponder how another season was wasted.
Defensively, the Cowboys have been light-years ahead of where they were last year. The deficiencies are in the middle of an offensive line that allows countless pressures on Tony Romo and cannot create any push for any running back.
Let's take a look at some possibilities for the Cowboys to bring in via the 2013 NFL Draft.
Rumble, big boy, rumble. As one of the highest-rated interior lineman prospects, Chance Warmack will be available to the Cowboys in the first round. Last year, the top interior lineman (David DeCastro) went to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 24th pick in the draft.
The Cowboys can benefit from missing the playoffs, as it will give them yet another top-15 pick and a chance to move down in the draft to acquire more picks.
For the past two years, the interior of Dallas' offensive line has been horrible. Adding some solid beef in the middle with a bruiser will help make the Cowboys a more balanced team and give Tony Romo the much needed interior pass protection he needs.
The SEC is full of physical trench warfare teams that thrive not on trickery, but on pure brute force. Chance Warmack is a man among men and will pave the way for DeMarco Murray for years to come.
Notice a trend? Yes, the Dallas Cowboys have a horrible interior offensive line and need to spend quality picks on top prospects.
Dallas Thomas provides the versatility to play either guard or center and is another bruiser that has no problem moving the line.
If the Cowboys draft both Chance Warmack and Thomas, the offensive line problems will cease to exist. Between Phil Costa, Ryan Cook, Kevin Kowalski, Nate Livings, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Derrick Dockery, the Cowboys will be able to find a starting center and two swing players for game day.
Or at least one would hope.
I can hear all the screaming about Doug Free. To that, I give you 2010. At least he has proven that he is capable of playing at a high level. Something the current state of the interior line cannot attest to.
Could the Cowboys find some more third-round running back gold?
Monte Ball is a workhorse that could be the perfect complement to DeMarco Murray. However, with a history of injuries that goes back to his college days, Murray is a potential liability for the Dallas Cowboys.
Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar are not insurance policies, and Felix Jones will disappear into football irrelevance without the star on his helmet.
Ball ran effectively in a system that loves to keep the ball on the ground, setting up the play-action pass. Ball was even a Heisman trophy hopeful at one point in his college career.
If Rob Ryan likes anything more than athletic linebackers, it's play-making safeties. Ryan seems to go through them pretty quickly, too. Barry Church will be back next year, but depth might be an issue. Last year, the Dallas Cowboys picked up Matt Johnson in the fourth round, but he is forever hamstrung and hasn't seen much football time.
Rambo is a hard-hitting safety that can make plays in Rob Ryan's system.
And he has a cool name.
While the SEC isn't known for being pass-happy, this safety has the skills needed to destroy in run support and the range to hold his own in coverage. But with cornerbacks like Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, who needs an Ed Reed?
The Kevin Ogletree experiment has failed. Next up is Dwayne Harris.
At the beginning of the offseason, there was so much potential in the bunch that included Danny Coale, Andre Holmes, Raymond Radaway and Cole Beasley.
If for nothing other than depth, Marquise Goodwin, a speedy receiver out of Texas, could find a niche in the Cowboys offense as a deep threat that can spread the field. However, playing time will be hard to come by with Dez Bryant showing more and more why he should have been a top-10 pick.
In the later rounds, teams are mostly grasping at straws anyway.