Dallas Cowboys' 5 Biggest Needs in 2024 NFL Draft

The Dallas Cowboys may have a stacked roster but they still have some needs they need to fill in the NFL Draft.
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Even though the 2023 season didn't end there, the Dallas Cowboys certainly have a roster worthy of the Super Bowl. Having Pro Bowl talent on both ends of the field, it's hard to argue for one glaring need for the Cowboys.

That doesn't mean, however, that they couldn't use more depth in certain positions. Free agency also creates a fluid situation which could open a need in a position. Here are some of the positions that Dallas could look to add more talent and depth to via the draft.

Offensive Line

Dallas needs to strengthen its offensive line which could lose key starters in Tyron Smith and Tyler Biadasz. Smith is a free agent but even if the Cowboys retain the Pro-Bowl blocker, he is 33 years old and has struggled to stay healthy recently. Considering that right guard Zack Martin is also getting up there in age, an injection of youth and talent especially at the tackle position would be very helpful.


Neither cornerback nor safety is a position of desperate need but another playmaker could certainly be helpful. A need could arise if the Cowboys don't retain CB Stephon Gilmore and Jourdan Lewis, as well as S Jayron Kearse.

The Dallas Cowboys do famously well in developing safeties, and that should continue even with Dan Quinn coaching elsewhere. The Cowboys' safety rotation did so well that guys like Markquese Bell and Kearse ended up playing significant snaps at inside linebacker.


Yes, the Cowboys have one of the most elite defensive fronts in the NFL and an excellent trio of defensive ends in Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Sam Williams. They could even retain free agents Dante Fowler and Dorance Armstrong to have even more depth at the position.

But in today's NFL, you can never have too many pass rushers, especially if you are competing for a Super Bowl.

Running Back

The Dallas Cowboys are likely set offensively as they don't need too many talent upgrades. However, the running back rotation could drastically change this offseason as they may lose their two best rushers with Tony Pollard being an unrestricted free agent and Rico Dowdle being a restricted free agent.


The injuries completely decimated the Cowboys' linebacker rotation last season. The team's linebacker talent is not only lacking in depth, but it was also inconsistent all year.

Pro Bowl inside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch suffered a career-threatening injury and DeMarvion Overshown tore his ACL before ever taking the field in a Cowboys uniform. Dallas had to resort to players playing out of position to make up for the absences. Adding an inside linebacker in one of the early rounds could do wonders for the Cowboys' mediocre run defense.

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