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NFL Draft Dallas Cowboys Team Needs

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By Mason Weir
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For this 2015 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys have a lot of very important decisions to make for this upcoming season. Some might argue that the most important position for America’s Team to improve on through the draft would be running back, others might say they need to purely focus on all things defense. But why can’t the ultimate compromise be made in this situation where the Cowboys could legitimately improve both? Ideally speaking, that is.

The Cowboys have put themselves in a very interesting position as far as this years draft goes with the way they have selected in the first round the last few seasons. Improving the offensive line has obviously been what the Cowboys have been concerned with, taking Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin in the first round each of the last three years and in doing so have assembled the best O-Line in football. But now that the Cowboys have buffed up their offensive line it’s time to begin looking elsewhere in terms of where the Cowboys can improve.
Let’s look at some hypotheticals. If Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and or Georgia’s Todd Gurley were to fall to the bottom of the first round then it’s a no-brainer what the Cowboys should do: pick up the star running back and look at improving on the defensive side of the ball in the later rounds. However if both Gordan and Gurley get picked up earlier in the first round before the Cowboys can get their hands one of them then they should look for pass-rushers, shut-down cornerbacks, etcetera. This, however, is all assuming that the Cowboys elect to stay at the 27th overall pick and don’t trade up or down.
Some of the pros for the Cowboys trading away their 27th pick to somewhere in the 10 or 15 range would be to better position themselves to draft Gurley or Gordan. Or of course to pick any number of the defensive players worthy of a top 20 pick. And being that there is no foreseeable advantage trading away their 27th pick to fall back further in the draft, it seems as though the Cowboys best bet is to either stick with pick no. 27 or to move into the top 20 range.
When looking at positions like quarterback, tight end, wide receivers and slot receivers, there doesn’t seem to be much debate or controversy because it’s understood that the Cowboys have those positions well in hand.  But when losing pieces like DeMarco Murray to the Eagles and last year losing long-time Cowboy DeMarcus Ware to the Broncos, it seems that this 2015 draft is “put up, or shut up” time for Jerry Jones’ team.

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