Jan 20, 2014; Fairhope, AL, USA; South Squad quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois (10) rolls out to pass during practice at Fairhope Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Defense Will Be The Focus, But Count On A QB Being Drafted

Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prior to a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 Draft is going to be deep, with a record number of underclassmen entering, there should be talent to be had throughout.  I expect the Cowboys to go defense in the first three rounds, unless an exceptional offensive player slides drastically.  Defense, however,  is where they are lacking and that side of the ball needs to be addressed with starters, as many as they can gather.  My hope is that Dallas takes, in this order, Safety, D-line, D-line in the first three rounds. 

A Safety up-grade is long over-due, this has been a weak-spot for this team for as long as I can remember and we all know that the Cowboys need some good, young D-linemen.  Either Hashean Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor would be a great selection in the first round.  Dallas could probably trade down and still select Pryor, either way one of these guys has to be a Cowboy after day one.  If the Cowboys could land Stephon Tuitt or Timmy Jernigan in the second round, well they would be well on their way.  Add an Anthony Johnson or a Marcus Smith in the third round and the defense will have some serious pieces to work with next year.

 

After that though, things could get interesting for the Cowboys.

I fully expect the Cowboys to take a QB in the fourth or fifth round of the Draft.  They surely realize the need for a young QB that could be groomed to take the reins, they are spending far too much cash at the position right now and quite frankly they do not have the cash to do so.  The sooner they bite this bullet, the better off they will be.  If a guy like A.J. McCarron or David Fales are there in the fourth round, Dallas should pounce on him.  If a Jimmy Garoppolo slides, even better, but that’s unlikely given this QB crazy league.

No-matter what trades the Cowboys dial-up or what the circumstances are, Dallas has to find a young back-up QB.  It would bring some youth and excitement to a position that is old and tired, never-mind the fact that it would be wise.

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