After bypassing on defense in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys will be looking to bring in a defensive player who can make fill a need. On the defense, the Cowboys could use upgrades at defensive tackle, defensive end, and at safety. There are a ton of players still available that have a ton of talent. Demarcus Lawrence (pictured above), Kony Ealy, Timmy Jernigan and Kyle Van Noy are just a few prospects that could make on difference on Dallas’ defense. There are offensive players like Marqise Lee and Cody Latimer still available, and the Cowboys may have to give up a later-round pick to draft a player of their liking.
Zack Martin filled a glaring need on the offensive line, as he can basically play each position on the line if asked. An argument could be made that this was a “best player available” pick, but if you get a good player with the pick, it doesn’t really matter. It was reported after the draft that the Cowboys had their eyes on four players. Aaron Donald, Anthony Barr, Ryan Shazier, and Martin were all players who could fill needs. In fact, Dallas was going to select Ryan Shazier out of Ohio State, but he went a pick before them to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
There are teams in front of Dallas that don’t need defensive line help, but when talent starts falling, it only takes one team to scoop it up. The Cowboys have been rumored to Ealy and Lawrence for awhile now, and if they want to draft one of them, they will likely have to move up to get him. While it may be a gamble, it is a risk the Cowboys need to consider. Adding a first-round talent in the second round is hard to come by and the Cowboys could get a real good player in the first round.
Mike Fisher reported Dallas’ second-round targets.
— mike fisher (@fishsports) May 9, 2014