Although it has been relatively quiet, it has been a very good off season for the Dallas Cowboys thus far. They have put an emphasis on re-signing their own free agents, by locking up Morris Claiborne, Rolando McClain, James Hanna, and Kyle Wilber. They also went out and upgraded the starting 1T defensive tackle spot by bringing in former Eagle Cedric Thornton on a team-friendly deal.
The Eagles have parted ways with former Cowboy DeMarco Murray, but more importantly have also traded Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to the hapless Dolphins. In return, they have moved up to the 8th spot in the upcoming draft.
This puts three of the four NFC East teams into the top 10 of the first round. Dallas will of course be picking at #4, while the Eagles hold pick #8 and New York is spotted to pick at #10 overall.
The Cowboys, if healthy, have aspirations of winning a Super Bowl in the coming seasons – and that starts with winning the division. To do so, they likely have to bring in some immediate impact talent during this draft – primarily with the fourth overall pick.
Even if the Giants took a step back in free agency, they will improve through the draft along with the Eagles and even the Redskins. While the consensus from Jerry Jones and the Cowboys this off season has been the belief that this roster should compete for the division easily in 2016 at 100% health, it can’t hurt to have an impact first-round rookie on the roster.
While Gregory is still trying to find himself in this league, after having his rookie season washed away by injury before being suspended weeks ago for the first four games of 2016, Jones and Collins look like potential stars. The two could become the foundation for an incredible group of young talent when entering their second season alongside the team’s 2016 rookie class.
Many fans once advocated for the team to select a quarterback to backup Tony Romo with the fourth pick, myself included, but that has died down significantly. I am now much more in favor of this team bringing in a player like Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey or Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott.
The Cowboys defense could be on the verge of something special in 2016, and adding another play maker for Rod Marinelli’s secondary to be paired with Byron Jones will only further help them return to their turnover-forcing ways of 2014.
A ball-hawking defense paired with an offense that may not only feature a healthy Romo and Bryant but a rookie WR such as Josh Doctson could have this team near the top of the league early on next season – making fans forget about the future beyond Romo for the time being.
Likewise, Ezekiel Elliott could also take this offense to the next level running behind “The Great Wall of Dallas”. The return of Romo will keep defenses honest, allowing a tandem of Darren McFadden and Elliott to run all over opposing team’s.
Both of these selections would only further help the Cowboys separate themselves from the pack in the NFC East – as they look to contend for the Lombardi trophy in 2016 and beyond.
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