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Adding McCoy & Poe at DT Allows Cowboys to Focus on Secondary in Draft

The three biggest needs for the coming into the offseason were , , and defensive . Everything starts up front, though, and the Cowboys have put themselves in a position to aggressively pursue talent early in the NFL Draft by adding interior linemen and to the roster.

McCoy was the first domino to fall on the when the former six-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro inked a three-year deal worth 18.3 million. With former starter with the , McCoy slides right into the 3-tech role (right of ) and gives the Cowboys a much more proven commodity than the aforementioned Collins. Over his career, McCoy has 334 total tackles and 59.5 sacks, registering at least five in each of the last eight seasons. His durability has also been very good, playing in 139 out of a possible 160 games with 123 starts. Playing next to the soon to be reinstated will make the Cowboys very formidable on the right side of the defensive line.

That left the nose tackle position to get a boost, and the Cowboys did just that on Wednesday. After a few days of ironing out details, Poe agreed to terms with the team to add yet another interior defensive line piece. He spent his first five seasons with the Kanas City Chiefs (2012-2016) where he received two Pro Bowl nods and one All-Pro selection. After a year with the , he's spent the last two seasons with the , playing right next to the aforementioned McCoy in 2019. Over his eight seasons in the NFL, Poe has registered 278 total tackles and 20.5 sacks. Much like McCoy durability hasn't been an issue for Poe as he's played in 121 out of a possible 128 games logging 118 starts. Even if former starter , who is an exclusive right is retained, Poe is an instant upgrade at the 1-tech (left of center).

Now that the defensive line has been upgraded in , the Cowboys don't have to add another piece until round three or even day three of the NFL Draft and can turn their attention to the secondary. With starters and finding new homes, the secondary definitely has holes to fill.

Cornerbacks out of Florida and Alabama's have been names linked to the Cowboys with the 17th overall pick. Also, out of LSU and Alabama's Xavier McKinney have been popular choices for the Cowboys at safety in some . Southern Illinois's Jeremy Chinn, Minnesota's Antoine Winfield, Lenoir-Rhyne's Kyle Dugger, 's Damon Arnette, and LSU's are all viable options in the secondary as well in the early rounds of the draft.

All these options were made possible by the strategic additions of McCoy and Poe. Not only can the Cowboys now add secondary pieces, but they could even add another weapon in the for in maybe round three with this extremely deep class. The has now given the team tremendous draft flexibility in April.

Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenix
I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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