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Dallas Cowboys: Biggest Draft Needs



Draft Blog - Dallas Cowboys: Biggest Draft Needs

The Dallas Cowboys still have to work to do. Currently, the offseason isn't on their minds. With three games left, players still have to prove that they belong here beyond the 2015 season. That's what the coaching staff will focus on. For me, however, I'll be getting started on the draft process, something I've already looked into for about the past two weeks now. Let's take a look at the Cowboys' five biggest draft needs.

1) Cornerback

I understand that the Cowboys need to find the Cowboys' successor to Tony Romo. However, with Morris Claiborne likely going elsewhere in the offseason, Brandon Carr likely to be released, and Byron Jones likely to make the move to free safety, the Cowboys find themselves without much talent at the cornerback position. The return of Orlando Scandrick will be huge, but the Cowboys need to look into drafting another cornerback early in the draft. Jalen Ramsey or Vernon Hargreaves fits the mold.

2) Quarterback

Not only do the Cowboys need to find Romo's successor, they also need that successor to be Romo's understudy. In case Romo gets injured again, the Cowboys need something better than Matt Cassel or Brandon Weeden to come in and play. Dallas' top pick will provide desires for top quarterback prospects like Paxton Lynch or Jared Goff, but the Cowboys would serve better to wait until the middle rounds to develop a guy like Carson Wentz.

3) Defensive Tackle

Tyrone Crawford doesn't get the attention he deserves. He consistently splits the middle and gets pressure on the quarterback. Amazingly enough, he does all of this without much help from the 1-technique defensive tackle next to him. Nick Hayden isn't a bad player, but he's not a starter-level player. The Cowboys need a space-eater. A'Shawn Robinson or Kenny Clark makes sense.

4) Wide Receiver

Although Dez Bryant hasn't looked the same in 2015, it's worth being mentioned that he's been banged up all year and when you don't practice often with a bad quarterback, years like this are bound to happen. I'm not worried about Bryant. I'm not worried about Cole Beasley. I am worried, however, about both Terrance Williams and Devin Street. Neither has done much in their careers. If Dallas really wants to add a playmaker across from Bryant, grabbing Laquon Treadwell in the first would be a risky move that would be worth it.

5) Defensive End

I was thinking about putting safety here, but I truly believe that Byron Jones will make the transition to free safety, perhaps as early as this offseason. Defensive end is somewhat of a priority because the Cowboys should let Greg Hardy walk. It was a good attempt, but the move really backfired, even though Hardy was productive on the field.

It never hurts to add more pass-rushers. Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence look like foundational pieces, but a guy like Joey Bosa or Robert Nkemdiche paired with a guru in Rod Marinelli would simply be insane.

An online sports writer for about three years now, Ryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He writes about his favorite team on Inside The Star. Ryan also writes for other publications like Roster Watch, Rant Sports, and Cuse Nation. Ryan is a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL.

  • cowboysdude

    They can't draft their biggest needs… you can't draft a GM or HC.

    • Ryan Ratty

      Gotta give Garrett time. He's the right man here whether you believe that or not. Regarding GM, Jerry is really giving more power Stephen Jones and a guy named Will McClay. The latter has been the main voice in the Cowboys' war room for about the past three years now.

      • Fred Goodwin

        Give Garrett time? If 5-1/2 years (at the end of this season) isn't enough time, how much more would you suggest?

        • James Howerton

          I agree with you on a lot of things. I think you may be wrong about Claiborne not coming back next year. He's just starting to play decent ball and I doubt he'll get a huge offer from another team but if he does, it wouldn't be a great loss. As you stated, we will get our best DB back from the IR. I really do hope Dallas' staff is smart enough to make Jones our starting FS because we've needed one badly since Woody retired. He has the ability and, importantly, the heart to be a great one. Most importantly for me is using a high pick on a QB of the future, if one of the two top-rated QBs are still available when we pick. If not, Conner Cook from MSU may develop into a good one. I think whoever gets him may get the steal of the draft. We also definitely need a very good RB. DMC has played well but he's missing that third gear that would have allowed him to score at least twice this year when he's gotten past the LBers. 8 or 9 years will do that to an athlete. Second and third receiver can wait. I say bench Romo and Bryant for the rest of the season so they can get truly healthy. Good luck on trying that with Bryant, though.

    • Scottcb1

      I totally agree. Most teams with this much talent can win more game with their back up QB. This season was an eye opener as far as coaching is concerned.

  • Robert

    As Ron Wolf, the hall of fame general manager, of the green bay packers, if there is a quality quarterback, when it's time to draft, you draft the quarterback. I think Jerry will finally pull the trigger and draft Romo's heir apparent in the 2016 NFL Draft.

  • Zac Fields

    Once again, spot on Ryan.

    Garrett is a motivator and a franchise team builder. Had Romo not gotten himself injured and we were sitting at 8-4 or 7-5 right now with a firm grip on the NFC East and the playoffs, it would be a lot more obvious. When it comes to coaching changes, I think the only change(s) needed are at the OC position and potentially the offensive line coach.

  • maxdallasfan

    We need a QB, a QB, and a QB.

  • Johnny Blades

    As long as Ole Jerry is the General Manager/Owner.there will never be a quality coach in Dallas, because Jerry will continue to hold control over all aspects of the team. All the fans saw all the conflict in the locker room with this losing season. Jerry not putting his foot down and Garrett not in control. It doesn't matter, if Cowboys have a top 5 pick, Jerry and Company will screw it up. You can claim that Will McCay and Stephen Jones have input but Ole Jerry signs the check Will there be any major changes, not with Jerry in charge. Offensive line can't protect the qb, no running back, starting receiver not playing to contract and defense can't stop the run and corner backs getting beat. How many times are you going to use 1st and 2nd picks on corner backs and get the same results. Build the DE and DT and linebackers. You'll get better results… .

  • cjprine

    For those screaming QB, I ask which one would you take at a top ten pick! This is not the time for over reaching! I.e Browns!!! Have to be smart! From scouts this is the worst QB draft class! We clearly have to look at CB, and one that can play in the system of our defense coordinator! I say WR/RB in the 2nd!!! Romo will be our QB for the next 2 years I think we get mid round QB and hope we can develop! I think that's a likely scenario unless a trade presents itself

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  • Blue Star

    I feel like Jerry is going to reach for a QB next draft. Linebacker is a huge need. WR is a need IMO.

  • Jess Haynie User

    All the fans saw all the conflict in the locker room with this losing season.

    Now we're just making stuff up. This never happened.

  • IamSturge

    I think I'd probably include LB over DE, Hardy will be back cheaper than originally expected if they decide to spend the money. Rolando could be looking at another 1 yr deal, I can't imagine there will be a huge market after losing 4 games to weed and some up and down play this season. That said both he and Lee are still kind of question marks

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2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller

Sean Martin



2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller
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The Dallas Cowboys have been frustratingly unsurprisingly quiet through the start of free agency, as their opportunity to improve at the AT&T Stadium hosted 2018 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching. Offensive line depth remains a team need for the Cowboys, one they're actively looking to address by visiting free agent Guard Marcus Martin while planning a pre-draft visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

I'm told UTEP Guard Will Hernandez is another of Dallas' 30 pre-draft visitors. Hernandez joins Alabama WR Calvin Ridley and UCLA G/T Kolton Miller on the list of reported visitors for the #Cowboys. Since 2014, 14 of Dallas' 35 picks (40%) have been pre-draft visitors.

Protecting one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft in Josh Rosen through college, Kolton Miller absolutely blew up the Combine in Indianapolis - entering the draft as one of the most athletic available linemen.

It is this athleticism and versatility that the Dallas Cowboys should absolutely be looking for, if trying to add another "blue chip" player to an offensive line already featuring LT Tyron Smith, C Travis Frederick, RG Zack Martin, and RT La'el Collins.

Kolton Miller Longest Offensive Lineman Broad Jump 2018 NFL Combine

Kolton Miller with the broad jump world record for an offensive lineman at 10 1 wow

Tyron Smith's health (along with the level of play the Cowboys received at his spot in his absence) and the FA status of Jonathan Cooper are both reasons the Cowboys should consider adding a new, controllable option to their dominant offensive line. Whether this is with the 19th overall pick, or later on with a prospect like Miller, will depend on how the board falls through the first 18 picks of the draft.

With ten total picks coming in, the Cowboys could be positioning themselves for a move up the board to land an impact defender, or an additional piece for Kris Richard to work with in the defensive backfield. Staying home at 19th overall and selecting a player capable of playing swing tackle would not only be a safe option for the Cowboys, but a smart one with Ezekiel Elliott returning full-time to the lineup in 2018.

Without Elliott for six games in 2017, the Cowboys still managed nine wins. This is a point lost to most of Cowboys Nation, especially those watching the entire playoffs without their team in it, only to watch the Eagles hoist the Lombardi. Elliott's impact on each's week game plan for Dallas is hard to understate, and the Cowboys' trust in him begins up front.

Testing as an elite athlete with the film to match at tackle in the Pac 12, Kolton Miller should be a welcome addition to America's Team - getting the opportunity to learn the Cowboys' way with a trip to The Star in his future.

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Can Powers of Persuasion Help Make Will Hernandez a Cowboy?

Brian Martin



Can Powers of Persuasion Make Will Hernandez a Dallas Cowboy?

There is no shortage of NFL hopefuls who would like to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 NFL Draft. But, not one of them have used their powers of persuasion to make their intentions known as much as former UTEP offensive guard Will Hernandez.

Throughout the entire draft process, Will Hernandez has done nothing but stand out when given the opportunity. He first started to make waves at the 2018 Senior Bowl, where he pretty much dominated his competition. Then, he improved his draft stock even more by putting on a show at the Scouting Combine.

The 6'2", 330 pound offensive guard has likely cemented himself as a surefire first-round draft pick and is arguably the second-ranked OG in the entire 2018 draft class. He is a plug-and-play prospect for any team who drafts him, but he has made his intentions well known that he would love to play for the Dallas Cowboys.

Back in February, Will Hernandez was spotted hanging out with the Cowboys bookend offensive tackles, Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, to see the premiere of the movie Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis.

Will Hernandez on Twitter

@PujolsFive Cowboys fans will appreciate this post!! ⭐️ Movie Premiere #Deathwish Great movie!

To see Will Hernandez rubbing elbows with a few of the Dallas Cowboys talented offensive lineman only strengthened the connection for Hernandez becoming a draft pick by America's Team. But, this wasn't the only time the former UTEP offensive guard was seen out with a Cowboys player.

In March, he was once again seen out on the town with the Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith.

All of this can probably be chalked up to a current player hanging out with an NFL hopeful, but as a Cowboys fan you want to believe it's more than just a coincidence.

The Dallas Cowboys without a doubt need a new starting left guard. It can be argued it's the team's biggest need this offseason and Will Hernandez fits the bill to a T. He would immediately upgrade the entire offensive line and solidify the unit for years to come.

The only problem is, the Dallas Cowboys have already invested quite a bit in their offensive line and taking Will Hernandez in the first round would be considered by some as overkill. I for one wouldn't be opposed to taking him at 19 if he is the top rated player when the Cowboys are on the clock.

It's hard to know if seeing Will Hernandez hanging out with Tyron Smith and La'el Collins improves his chances of being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, but it definitely doesn't hurt. Offensive lines around the NFL perform at their best when they play as a cohesive unit, so developing a bond already could be viewed as a good thing.

Who knows, maybe Will Hernandez's powers of persuasion will pay off and end up being the deciding factor to help him become the next first-round offensive lineman drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you read anything into Will Hernandez hanging out with Cowboys players?

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Keeping Dez Bryant Shouldn’t Stop Cowboys From Drafting Calvin Ridley

Mauricio Rodriguez



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With NFL Free Agency buzz at full speed this week, Dez Bryant is one of the most intriguing names in the Dallas Cowboys world. We all know the story. We've been talking about it since last season. Bryant, who was once among the "Top WR of the league" conversation, doesn't look like an elite player anymore.

That doesn't mean he is a bad football player, but the problem is that he's getting paid big time.

The Dallas Cowboys, who have struggled with cap space for many years now, may want to avoid paying $16.5M to a player who isn't justifying his paychecks on the field. Big name and all, it certainly doesn't feel that way.

His lack of production on the field the last three years is concerning, even though he's played with quarterbacks not named "Tony Romo." There are other receivers around the league who have played with bad quarterbacks and have still been able to produce.

Even still, it wouldn't be easy to replace Bryant on the offense just like that. Right now, top free agents are already off the market, so if Dallas wants to replace him, it'd have to be via trade or via the NFL Draft.

Jane Slater on Twitter

ICYMI: A few things to consider as we wait on news about Dez Bryant's future with the Dallas Cowboys

Right now, it seems that Dez is going to remain a Dallas Cowboy and after seeing the contracts other receivers in the league are about to get, who knows if a pay cut will even enter the equation.

Even if Dez keeps wearing the Star every week next season, wide receiver is still one of the team's top needs. Despite the fact that Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten are some very well-known names, the truth is this offense needs a guy who can create separation and be harmful as a deep threat.

This is a draft class with a lot of depth at wide receiver, and the Cowboys could find contributors at the second or later rounds. Even still, if they're on the clock at 19 and Alabama's Calvin Ridley is available, the front office should pull the trigger.

Yes, even if Dez is still on the team.

Despite last year's struggles, we shouldn't lose faith on the Cowboys' offense when it has a lot of talent. We believed in this group to take us to the Super Bowl. What they are missing could just be a new, dynamic wide receiver.

Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Set to Meet with Alabama WR Calvin Ridley 1

Alabama Crimson Tide WR Calvin Ridley (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

Calvin Ridley is by far the best WR in the Draft this year and will be an impact player anywhere he goes. Despite a poor showing in the Combine, Ridley proves to be worthy of a first round pick on tape. Ideal route-running, great ability to separate and more than enough speed for the NFL.

This would certainly take a lot of pressure off Cole Beasley's shoulders, who was constantly double-teamed last year. Sure, he's still good, but if he continues to run into double-coverage, Dak Prescott and company will probably continue to struggle another year.

It's tough to imagine Calvin Ridley being available at 19, especially with the Baltimore Ravens holding the 16th overall pick. However, some people believe there's a 50/50 chance he's available once Dallas is on the clock. If that's the case, the Cowboys shouldn't pass on this prospect.

Ridley could very well end up being the most productive receiver for the Cowboys in 2018 becoming an essential "best friend" for Dak Prescott.

We've seen how other front offices have made friendly offenses for their young QBs and if Calvin Ridley is what it takes, why even think about it?

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