Projecting the Dallas Cowboys starting lineup as it stands right now is more or less a straightforward task if we aren’t considering their path in the 2014 NFL Draft. Once we throw rookies into the mix, however, projecting starters naturally turns into a sort of mock draft. To accurately predict the starting lineup, we need to project which direction the team will head in the draft.
That’s easier said than done, of course, as predicting player choices is next to impossible. We should have some idea of the positions the Cowboys want to target most, though—defensive end, defensive tackle, safety, offensive tackle, etc.—so the goal here is not only to project rookies to the team, but mainly to see which spots are most open to competition and could see a fresh face in 2014.
At the end of each slide in this slideshow, you’ll find extra analysis detailing which player currently listed as a starter is the most likely to be the odd man out if things unfold a little differently.