With the NFL Scouting Combine now complete, the Dallas Cowboys can finally begin focusing on the 2013 NFL draft coming in April.
Like every other year, this upcoming draft class offers plenty of candidates to fill numerous holes on a Dallas roster that has more than a few to fill. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has made sure of that, following bad trades and wasted draft picks over the past several seasons.
But Dallas has drafted better as of late and with the cupboard well stocked with most skill-position players, it will be time to focus on an area long ignored by Jones—the trenches, and you can choose either side of the ball.
Yes, free-agent talent, or lack thereof, was brought in last year to bolster an offensive line that showed no improvement from the year before. Only Jones could find a way to whiff on, not one, but two offensive guards.
But despite the fact that many fans and especially Dallas media believe that the Cowboys will spend numerous early picks on the offensive line, I don't believe it will be this drastic.
Dallas has not drafted a guard in the first round of the annual selection meeting since 1966 and it sure seems like it is due—but it will not.
Yes, the offensive line, along with the defensive front, will be addressed early and perhaps often. But with the salary-cap situation that Jones has dug himself into, it sure doesn't look like a ton of resources will be spent on more interior blockers for quarterback Tony Romo.
This is even more likely in the wake of Jones' recent comments about how Romo can handle running for his life, which he can.
But at what cost?
I suppose this will be answered once Romo's contract is extended which should secure his retirement with America's Team—and yes, the Cowboys are still America's Team.
Sorry, Pittsburgh fans.
So here's a look at how the draft could unfold post-scouting combine but prior to the free-agent signing period beginning March 12. Until there's a better perspective on contract restructuring or players released, this is what Dallas is looking like.
All combine results are courtesy of NFL.com.