The Dallas Cowboys have a number of “biggest needs” they must address in the 2014 NFL draft. A lot of teams say that they always draft the best player available, which must make all of the selections that fill gaping holes a massive coincidence. Most NFL teams either lie when they say they always draft the true best player available or else they take their needs into consideration when defining “best.”
One of the things that the best teams continually do is fill immediate holes via free agency, then draft players at positions that could become weaknesses in the near future. The Cowboys have a massive need at defensive end, for example, but you could argue that it’s too late at the position. What kind of impact will a rookie—even a first-round rookie—really have?
That’s why the team did an awesome job in signing defensive tackle Henry Melton. He’ll be an immediate upgrade for the team on the inside, something that they couldn’t anticipate even from a highly drafted rookie defensive tackle.
Having said that, the Cowboys have a number of problems on both sides of the ball that, whether it’s ideal or not, they’ll need to address in this year’s draft.