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    Dallas Cowboys 2019 Draft Needs: Defensive End

    We've been discussing the ' 2019 throughout the last week, working our way up to the most critical positions. Today we're going to look at defensive end, which could've been a major need if not for some of the Cowboys' recent moves.

    The biggest move was, of course, getting signed to a long-term deal. Dallas avoided a situation with its key , and hopefully soon enough that his shoulder surgery will be fully healed by Week One.

    Before getting Lawrence's contract done, the Cowboys sent a 2020 sixth-round pick to the for veteran . They've also signed , a hopeful reclamation project from the .

    These moves were partly necessary as insurance against a stalemate between Lawrence and the team over his contract. But more directly, they were needed after wound up back in suspended status for another backwards step in the NFL's substance abuse program.

    The team is hopeful that Gregory will return at some point in 2019, but they're too close to contention to count on it. And with 2017 first-rounder having yet to emerge as a reliable player, Dallas knew it had to add some different options at defensive end. But with Gregory and Charlton still in the mix, the Cowboys are now about as loaded at DE as they've ever been.

    In fact, we haven't even mentioned a few other options yet.

    Dorance Armstrong
    Dallas Cowboys DE

    Last year, Dallas spent a fourth-round pick on pass rusher Dorance Armstrong from Kansas. He didn't get much playing time last year but flashed potential, and he may be in line for more snaps on passing down this year.

    There's also versatile veteran , who can help one the edges if needed. The Robert Quinn addition means we'll probably see Crawford more at this year, but he's also a factor in the Cowboys' overall security at DE.

    As we can see, Dallas clearly has a stocked cupboard right now at defensive end. That allows them to not worry about the position in this week's 2019 , but it won't stop them from taking one either.

    After all, Quinn and Hyder are only here on one-year contract. Crawford is likely going to be released next year to clear cap space. And again, we don't know how much we can rely on Gregory or Charlton now or in the future.

    The Cowboys would be justified in drafting a DE if a good value pick falls to them somewhere in the middle rounds, particularly if they see that player as having more potential than Armstrong or Hyder.

    Thankfully, though, Dallas' activity so far has given them draft-day freedom. Their hand won't be forced at any position, and especially at defensive end thanks to their free agent moves. They can afford to wait for exceptional value this year, or until 2020 if needed.

    Draft Likelihood: 20%
    Projected Round: 5th-7th

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    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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    Ethan Chazin

    Strongly disagree on the draft likelihood for DE being 20%! I would say it is a “sneaky” need as you bloggers like to call CBs. I’d say Safety a strong #1 (2nd round, 58 pick) then BPA split 3 ways for DT/WR/RB with the 3rd round & 2 4th rounders, then go best talented even if raw project type player for DE & TE.

    1969 Bird

    Disagree. There are more pressing needs. You are easily swayed as late 3rd or 4th round picks won’t impact for 3-4 years if that. Even late first round pick, Charlton can’t get on field. If you want impact player, which every team wants, get in first or second, if they are late 1,2 round picks, then add 2-3 years to developing. 4th round will play out 4 year contract before hope for impact can occur. Just common sense.