Dallas Cowboys Must Continue String of Recent Strong Drafts

The NFL Draft held on Thursday, April 30, will be important for all 32 teams. However, teams looking to continue to improve from last season must have a strong draft that will yield key contributors. cowboys4

The Dallas Cowboys are one of those teams that will be looking to improve on last year’s success that brought them their first NFC East division title since 2009. With the exception of Morris Claiborne in 2012, the Cowboys have drafted Pro Bowlers with each of their first round picks since 2010 when they drafted wide receiver Dez Bryant. Left tackle Tyron Smith was drafted in the first round in 2011, center Travis Frederick in 2013, and right guard Zach Martin last year. These four players helped return the Cowboys to the playoffs and are all within the top five at their position throughout the league.

Drafting well comes with a price. The Cowboys were hit hard during free agency this season losing running back DeMarco Murray, offensive tackle Jermey Parnell, defensive tackle Henry Melton,  defensive ends Anthony Spencer and George Selvie, linebackers Justin Durant and Bruce Carter, and return man/wide receiver Dwayne Harris. Melton and Selvie were the only player the Cowboys signed as free agents so they lost six players they had drafted.

With key free agent signee Greg Hardy suspended by the league for ten games based on his domestic violence case from last season, defensive end becomes a key area of need. But, what about running back? None of the running backs on the Cowboys’ current roster can replace Murray alone. Linebacker depth is also a concern as is cornerback with the team likely to make Claiborne a post June 1 casualty.

This makes the Cowboys’ draft on Thursday extremely important. At the very least, the Cowboys need to find at least two starters in the first three rounds and have at least five of their slated seven draftees make the team and be key contributors on a weekly basis. If not, quarterback Tony Romo’s soft guarantee of a Super Bowl win this season will be way off base.

And that’s as I see it!

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