The 2015 season has been a tough one for fans of the Dallas Cowboys. Yes there were injuries to key players like Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Orlando Scandrick, but those injuries cannot be the reason for the Cowboys’ lack of success this past year. 2016 should bring greater fortune for the Cowboys, but the 2015 season outcome may mean a top-ten draft pick. If that is the case, guys like Jalen Ramsey, Robert Nkemdiche, and Vernon Hargreaves would all be huge for the defense, but the Cowboys may serve better to pick an offensive player in the first round.
When you look at this offense, the offensive line is in place for the next five years or so. The Cowboys have their quarterback and while they should also look in the draft for a running back, another year of Darren McFadden will actually only be better for the team. Nevertheless, drafting a running back should be high on the priority list, but the Cowboys should address that priority later in the draft rather than the first round.
On the outside, Dez Bryant is a terrific receiver, even though the injuries have hampered his year. Besides Bryant, however, the Cowboys have a bunch of complementary guys, some of whom haven’t proven they belong long-term just yet. Cole Beasley is a real good football player, but he’s nothing more than a complementary receiver who excels at moving the chains on third down.
Across from Bryant is Terrance Williams, a guy I have struggled with for a few seasons now. Williams makes the big play occasionally, but he has a hard time catching the ball with consistency. When you pair that with his lackluster route-running skills, the Cowboys should look to the draft for a receiver and one guy that makes a ton of sense is Laquon Treadwell. Devin Street is a polished receiver, but he’s slow and he hasn’t shown much when the Cowboys decide to put him out there.
Despite the gruesome injury he had last season, Treadwell is a proven player that reminds me a lot of A.J. Green. He has the speed and athleticism to bring down the deep-ball and he possesses the hands and route makeup which allow him to catch intermediate passes.
By drafting a guy like Treadwell, the Cowboys would have a true complement to Bryant. I’m not saying that this needs to be the move, but it would be a move that would immediately help a franchise who wants to make it further than the divisional round in the playoffs.