By Ryan of The Sportmeisters
Add to that the loss of Pacman Jones and Terrell Owens, which is a bittersweet move. On one hand, they get rid of the head case the two represent. On the other hand, the talent both possessed cannot be underestimated.
The Cowboys house 11 total picks, but more than half come in the fifth round or later. Hey, if Tony Romo is a star and went undrafted, could some more late round studs be lurking?
Dallas Cowboys Draft Picks
Round Two, pick 19 (51)
Round Three, pick five (69)
Round Four, pick one (101)
Round Five, pick 17 (117)
Round Five, pick 20 (156)
Round Five, pick 30 (166)
Round Five, pick 36 (172)
Round Six, pick 24 (197)
Round Six, pick 35 (208)
Round Seven, pick one (210)
Round Seven, pick 18 (227)
Team Need No. 1: Offensive Tackle
This draft is one of the most abundant in recent years of solid, quality linemen. Even though Dallas does not have a first round pick, there is plenty of options they can grab in the second round.
With Tackle Flozell Adams starting to hit the decline of his career, taking the time now to invest in Romo’s blind side would be the safest bet. A player like William Beatty, a 6’6’’ 307lb beast in the mold of Adams should fall nicely into the Cowboys hands.
If I am Dallas, I’m not looking into another need here but their O-Line, as while the draft is abundant in tackles, the quality levels off after the first 10 on the board.
Team Need No. 2: Cornerback
As far as cornerbacks go, Dallas could use some more depth after the departure of Jones, and based on the talent available, the Cowboys would be better pressed to grab a corner over a safety here.
Right now, they have Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick as their best option, which is not a strong option.
Considering where they pick, and assuming they use their first pick to grab a lineman, there are more options that could fall to them in the top of the third round at corner. These include Asher Allen, a 5’9’’ product out of Georgia, or potentially Jarius Byrd, a 5’10’’ corner from Oregon.
Team Need No. 3: Safety
Even with the signing of Gerald Sensabaugh, who will replace Roy Williams, the Cowboys have some serious depth issues in their secondary. Ken Hamlin will start on the opposite side of Sensabaugh, but should inconsistent play or injury occur, Dallas could be in trouble.
At safety, outside of the top four, who could all get grabbed before the third round, Dallas should not look at a project early on in the draft, but there is some potential that could fall to them in the second half.
With Dallas housing quite a few late picks, they could grab a flyer or two. However, they don’t want to wait too long, as after the first dozen safety’s, it would be better to stick with what they have.
The Cowboys were on the tip of the spear two years ago, and still house the talent to make a deep playoff run. They need some bodies to take the wear and tear off the starters, and possibly be the long term solutions.
If Dallas can find those here, they could be a force in NFC East once again.