Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) reacts after sacking New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (not pictured) during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Need To Go Defense On Draft Day


This is not a big secret, I know, but by going Defense I mean to select a defensive player on rounds 1st to 4th or maybe even 5th.

Just think about it. The Offense is loaded with talent. You got a franchise quarterback that is not going anywhere, anytime soon. You got a very good receiving corps. You finally got a 1,000-yards running back. You got future a Hall-of-Famer tight end, and now you even got a decent offensive line with a Pro Bowl tackle.

Sure, maybe another 1st round invested on that offensive line and we’ll soon have the best line in the league; but with so many needs on the defensive side of the ball, that’s just a luxury we can’t have right now.

So, we are going Defense but, where to start?

There is only one possible place: the defensive line. I’m stating the obvious once again, but with Jerry you never know.

Anthony Spencer and Jason Hatcher have no contracts, DeMarcus Ware game is heading down, and you don’t know what you have in Tyrone Crawford. George Selvie and Nick Hayden are good role players who give you some depth, but you need all the help you can get here.

The linebackers were supposed to be a position of strength of this team, but it seems that you can’t count on Sean Lee’s health, and Bruce Carter took a step back this season. However, we only have seven picks, so you need to choose your battles. Lee and Carter, with DeVonte Holloman and maybe Justin Durant, give you a decent LB corps.

Now, what to do of this secondary? Orlando Scandrick and Barry Church were the only solid players of this group. We have to hope that Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne will rebound next season with a new system. What about J.J. Wilcox, Jeff Heath and Matt Johnson? What do the Dallas Cowboys have in them?

As much as I would like to draft a QB in the middle rounds, I believe this is not the year to do something like that. Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett should go D-Fence, D-Fence, D-Fence! In order to create competition in a unit that needs it badly.

My choice?

Defensive tackle in the 1st, defensive end in the 2nd, safety in the 3rd, defensive tackle in the 4th, linebacker in the 5th, cornerback in the 6th, and defensive end in the 7th.

Jerry forget about the Romo-friendly Offense, on draft day please go Defense!

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  • Old Frog

    After missing out on DeCastro and Warford, I’m sticking with OG as a priority. Romo’s back surgery makes it imperative that he get the protection he needs to earn that big contract.
    On another note, after watching that game winning touchdown by FSU, I’m more convinced than ever that the Boys need to consider drafting 6’4″ Wide Receivers and converting them to play in the secondary – even if just for use in the red zone.

    • SmartThinking

      Tom Landry used to hunt down basketball players and mold them into quite effective tight ends, receivers and cornerbacks.

      A little “out of the box thinking” might break up some of this team’s mental logjam with finding capable players who know how to run and who won’t blow a hamstring getting off the team bus.

  • Jimmy DeMarco

    I am of the same mind set of a defensive draft. I would actually like to draft an OL with 1 pick.
    But let’s never put it past Jerry to draft a WR in the 1st round or trade down again, like last year.

    I have no faith that Jerry will actually draft for needs and depth.
    But, we’ll have a pretty good idea before the draft which direction this team is going in terms of off season moves, for the most part at least.

  • SmartThinking

    Yeah. I suppose that’s the prevailing logic. As usual, I disagree, however.

    My philosophy is to fully fix what’s broken the least so it doesn’t break again for a long, long time.

    Dallas was 8-8 behind a mediocre offensive line. Drafting two kick-ass, really, really mean-spirited offensive guards would cement this offense and allow Romo, Murray, etc. to run/ throw, play however they wish. With Waters signed for one year more, getting him to tutor these guys in how to be a Pro Bowl offensive guard from the first pre-season game through the play-offs ain’t a bad option. We may never get this chance again when he leaves.

    Yes. That may mean sacrificing the defense for another year, sadly. But there’s just so much to fix on this team. And in truth, Dallas finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs by two points with the worst defense in the entire NFL. How much worse can it get?

    Then, go fully defense in the 2015 draft. Or, trade 2015 and 2016′s number two and three choices for stud high draft defensive guys in this draft. I’m just concerned about the abrupt drop-off in quality after about number twelve in this year’s draft line- up.

    Fix this team’s offense completely so we can all quit bitching about it for a couple of years!

    Yes/No?

    • JoeDaBeast

      Beyond a mediocre offensive line? You must have thought nothing was wrong with the play calling. How many mediocre offensive lines have a 1,000 yard rusher (not named Barry Sanders)?