The Dallas Cowboys have had some recent success in the drafting department as of late. The additions of Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith, Bruce Carter and DeMarco Murray have given many reasons for optimism that this trend will continue.
But what about the mid to late rounds? For everyone of these studs lies a Shaun Chapas, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Sam Young and Jamar Wall. I know drafting isn't an exact science, but tell that to Ozzie Newsome, Ted Thompson and other general managers who make it look routine.
With the draft just a mere few weeks away, the Cowboys are facing a very critical phase of their development under Jason Garrett and the current core group of players. Given the salary-cap woes the Cowboys faced earlier in the offseason and the need for depth in several areas, this draft is crucial.
Hopefully, the Cowboys learned this offseason that filling out and developing your roster through the draft is vital for success on many levels. It allows you the luxury of not having to overspend. It's used as a cap management tool and sets you apart in having the ability to go out and find replacements.
When you think of the superstars in the NFL, the assumption is that they were can't-miss prospects and high draft picks. But some of the most valuable players in this league have taken different routes and different travels.
Sometimes they are simply the late-round gems that most teams overlook or often miss on. The Cowboys can't be one of those teams anymore if they are to turn the corner, and it's time for them to get some late-round value.
Let's look at late-rounders who would be a perfect match for this team.