NFL Combine 2011 Results: Should Dallas Cowboys Go After Marcell Dareus?

Jason HenryCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Marcell Dareus #57 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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As the Dallas Cowboys continue to prepare for the 2011 NFL draft, team owner Jerry Jones has tons of options to consider.

Should he address the issues the Cowboys had in the secondary, draft a lineman to provide additional protection for quarterback Tony Romo or maybe add some extra versatility to the defensive line?

As the clock continues to tick on Jones and he weighs his many options, it’s looking as if he may have a top five talent fall into his lap.

Former Alabama Crimson Tide lineman Marcell Dareus had a very impressive showing at the combine and he’s starting to shoot up many a draft board; just yesterday I saw Dareus go as high as No. 1 to the Carolina Panthers in one mock draft.

But while many are left to wonder where he may head, the Cowboys may be working behind the scenes to bring the 320-pound behemoth to Valley Ranch.  

With Marcus Spears set to test free agency this offseason it will be interesting to see how hard Jones goes after a defensive end. Spears has been nothing short of solid for the Cowboys, as his presence on the end led to undersized nose tackle Jay Ratliff emerge as a great pass rusher for the Cowboys. But Spears isn’t high profile and he doesn’t have the sack total of a Darnell Dockett.

Spears was a run stuffer and if he’s allowed to walk and the ‘Boys go after Dareus, will he be as tough on the run as Spears?

If Jones decides to go after Dareus or if he falls to the Cowboys at No. 9, should Jones pull the trigger with the team still needing help on the offensive line and in the secondary?

If Dareus is available, then Jones may be forced to say yes.

Last year, when Dez Bryant fell into the Cowboys' lap, Jones didn’t want to make the same mistake he made when he passed on Randy Moss. He chose Dez and so far, the payoff has been great for the team.

Will the same happen with Dareus?

He ran a 4.94 40 time while carrying over 300 pounds of weight and a 1.69 10-yard split, almost a full 10 seconds better than former Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Up until the combine, Fairley was considered to be the top DT available but with Dareus having such an amazing showing, he looks to have some competition.

If Jones is really enamored with Dareus and he’s still on the board by pick six or seven, will Jones trade up to go and grab him?

Better yet, if he does is that a good move for Jones to give up more just to go after one player for a position the Cowboys aren’t in desperate need for?

Is it worth a 320-pound defensive tackle with a 4.49 40 time or maybe drafting a guy who can define your secondary as some say Prince Amukamara will do?

The short answer to each question is no in my opinion. While Dareus may be a game changing type of defender, the Cowboys have too many holes to fill to go after a player who may be marginal at best.

Prince Amukamara will probably still be on the board and there are tons of offensive lineman Jones can choose from.

While I don’t believe the Cowboys should chase Dareus, it would not shock me if Jones decided to take a gamble.