With the NFL draft now a month away, both the hype and buildup are beginning to gain some serious momentum. The Dallas Cowboys, who have not been players at all in free agency, need to prepare and execute in this draft with an extreme sense of urgency to improve this football team.
The Cowboys have immediate needs at offensive and defensive line, safety, running back and linebacker. The problem is that with only six picks in the draft and nothing to show for in free agency thus far, which direction do the Cowboys go in?
Regardless of where Jerry Jones decides to steer this draft, the Cowboys can't afford any misses. In fact, getting at least three starters out of this draft may just be a must for this franchise. Other teams successfully implement rookie starters right away and reap immediate dividends as well.
So while the Cowboys need to be more aggressive with this sort of philosophy, they also need to draft players capable of making that immediate contribution. It's otherwise known as impact, and that's what a successful draft in both the short and long-term are generally based on.
But that's easier said than done, and anybody that follows the draft already knows it's not an exact science. Anybody that is reminded of the 2009 draft would know that Jerry Jones' decisions, at times, also defy the laws of gravity and any sense of logic.
One way the Cowboys can get closer to their goal of fielding multiple starters out of this draft with high impact is to avoid any self-inflicted wounds. The best way to do that is by avoiding the reaching for prospects.
Here are some prospects that could potentially lure the Cowboys to the bait before snapping the trap.