With the NFL regular season over and my Cowboys not in the playoffs for the fourth straight year, let the draft speculation begin!
With so many holes on this team there’s none more concerning than the defensive line. The defense as a whole was dead last in almost every statistical category in 2013. Monte Kiffin was brought in last year to implement a 4-3 defense as a change from the previous 3-4 defense the Cowboys ran in years past which never worked during the 16 game season. A big reason for that was injuries throughout the entire defense which led to the Cowboys signing players off the street in the midst of a playoff race. The only way to fix this problem is depth, something the Cowboys have lacked during Jason Garrett’s entire tenure as head coach.
There are many notable names that come to mind when discussing the upcoming draft. There was actually an article in the Dallas Morning News entitled Johnny Cowboy?! But if recent history has taught us anything is that Jerry Jones is committed 100 percent to Tony Romo. I doubt the Cowboys trade up for a quarterback but if they do Johnny Manziel would the obvious choice. My draft board looks a little more realistic.
1. Ha’sean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix – Safety – Alabama
Yes i said we needed help on the line but at pick 16 or 17 (depending on the results of a coin flip with Baltimore) Ha Ha’s talent supersedes need at this point even with Barry Church and JJ Wilcox on the roster. Plus, if I have to watch Jeff Heath start at safety for one more game then I might revoke my Cowboys fan card.
2. Trent Murphy – Defensive End – Stanford
While i think he’s the third best defensive end in this draft, due to another year of mediocrity the Cowboys will be picking in the middle of the draft yet again. Jadeveon Clowney and Stephon Tuitt will be gone and Trent Murphy is the next best pick here for the boys’.
3. Louis Nix III – Defensive Tackle – Notre Dame
If he happens to fall then he’s the obvious selection. The big man has great feet and great hands and can anchor a defense and this team is in great need of an anchor with the possible departure of Jason Hatcher in the offseason. Also you have to love any big man who sports a single digit number.
Here’s who I would like to pick in the later rounds after the first.
1. Jackson Jeffcoat – DE – Texas
2. Xavier Su’a Filo – OG – UCLA
3. Shayne Skov – ILB – Stanford
4. Storm Johnson – RB – UCF
5. Jordan Lynch – QB – Northern Illinois
Obviously it’s too early to tell which of these players will be available since the NFL Combine has yet to get under way but just judging off the past season this would be a part of my draft order.
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