The Dallas Cowboys could draft any position on defense, and it would most likely be an upgrade. I honestly believe selecting Aaron Donald or another defensive linemen would be the best idea, but I can’t see Jerry Jones drafting a player in the trenches. With his big-hitting ability and his electric ball skills, it seems like Calvin Pryor will be Dallas’ first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft because Jerry likes to make a splash. Pryor would be an instant upgrade over the likes of J.J. Wilcox and Jeff Heath, and he would be a nice fit opposite of Barry Church in the defensive backfield.
Ever since Darren Woodson retired, Dallas not had a center-fielder that could make an impact in the secondary. Having a safety that can come up and make plays behind the line of scrimmage and batting down footballs in the passing game is vital to a defense’s success. Just take a look at Troy Polamalu and what he has been able to accomplish in Pittsburgh. Polamalu has made his presence felt in every game in a Steelers uniform. At 6’1″, 210 pounds, Pryor could also make a similar impact.
Many expected Dallas to draft Mark Barron back in the 2012 NFL Draft, but Dallas elected to trade up and take Morris Claiborne with the 6th overall pick. That trade has come back to bite Dallas in the rear-end as they had to give up a second-round pick in that trade. Dallas really liked Kenny Vaccaro in last year’s draft, but he went just a few picks ahead of them to the New Orleans Saints. Before fracturing his ankle, Vaccaro was on his way to a Pro Bowl-worthy season. If Pryor is there when the Cowboys are on the clock, there is a good chance that the Louisville product will be donning a Cowboys uniform in 2014.
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