With such a litany of roster needs, the Dallas Cowboys should have no problem finding useful talent in May’s NFL Draft. While some teams are targeting a specific position, the Cowboys have multiple positions that could warrant use of their first round pick.
Few will argue the Cowboys’ primary needs are at defensive tackle, defensive end, offensive guard, and free safety. The question at hand is what positions and what players will the Cowboys be looking to address in the first round. Here are what I believe are the Top Five First Round Targets for the Dallas Cowboys
Note: We are operating under the assumption that the top-10 players will be long gone. We are only targeting players typically projected to be available at or around #16.
DT Aaron Donald Pittsburgh
The Aaron Donald bandwagon is reaching maximum capacity and it’s easy to see why. Donald was a beast on the field in 2013. Watch the tape and you will see a high motor player relentlessly fighting through double-teams and making big plays. The film is amazing on its own and when considering opposing offenses were game-planning against him, it makes it all the more stunning.
Donald posted fantastic numbers at the NFL combine on Monday. In fact, they were downright amazing considering his size. Donald weighed in at 285 lbs and stood 6’ 1”. He posted a 4.65 second 40 and completed 35 reps of the bench press. The man is strong and fast. Those are two advantageous traits for a DT fitting the 3-Technique spot.
His shorter stature and short arms were the only thing holding his stock down but after seeing his performance at the Combine, all fears are minimized if not eliminated. Perhaps he has just priced himself out of the Cowboys’ market. As I wrote earlier in the week, don’t be surprised if he is long gone by the time the Cowboys pick.