September 15, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Stephon Tuitt (7) and defensive lineman Louis Nix III (9) look over the Michigan State Spartans offense during the 2nd half at Spartan Stadium. Norte Dame won 20-3 Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Mailbag: Drafting All Defensive Linemen and Winning the NFC East

Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher (72) blocks against Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer (93) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 17-16. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

This week we have two mailbag questions to address:

If we didn’t have so many injuries last year we could have easily won the NFC East

– Jonathan

Yes. And then what? I mean the NFC East was terrible last year so it’s perfectly reasonable to assume the Cowboys could have won it if they had a few less injuries. Spencer, Ware, and Lee at 100% all year could have easily made a 2 game difference in the Cowboys record. But would it have mattered in the playoffs?

Take a step back and give an honest assessment to this squad. They have major issues at almost every turn. The Cowboys would have been embarrassed in the playoffs and we would find ourselves in deeper denial than we are right now.


On Monday Sport DFW reader, Kevin, asked this question:

Why would we want to invest in the secondary if our defensive line is so bad? I say we pick all defensive linemen in the first 4 rounds. Games are won in the trenches and we need to start there!

– Kevin G

Kevin is not alone in this thought. Many other sports writers are saying something along the same lines. After all, with 3 or 4 open spots, why wouldn’t the Cowboys want to carpet-bomb the defensive line position in this year’s draft?

The number one reason is the Cowboys have a multitude of other needs, so they don’t have to just pick from a certain position group. I’m not saying I only endorse the Best Player Available (BPA) strategy this year, but a happy medium should be found.

The Cowboys have needs at safety and guard also. If a higher rated player at either of those positions is available, the Cowboys would be wise to go that route. If a WR, TE, or RB pops up as the BPA, then I would be fine skipping over them and searching for a major need, like the DL (within reason of course).


Carpet-bombing a position group would also have effects on the future salary cap and long-term planning. I will work on explaining the financial consequences of this tomorrow when I have a little more time. But for now, let’s just agree that the Cowboys have many needs and don’t need to reach for a position if a better option is available.

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