The Dallas Cowboys football team has a lot of needs on both sides of the ball. Sure, that's pretty sad to say as a die-hard Cowboys fan, but it should make for a very interesting offseason. This front office needs to find a way to add talent in the draft, and probably in free agency as well, all while finding ways to keep Anthony Hitchens, DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving, and extending Zack Martin.
Maybe they're not able to achieve everything, but as long as they don't lose all of these guys, they should be fine. We may even see a surprising release or trade. It sure would be interesting to see this team release Dez Bryant, for example.
Last year, Dallas lost Barry Church, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr and Ronald Leary… among others. But what do these four guys have in common? They all resulted in compensatory picks for the Dallas Cowboys' 2018 NFL Draft.
Including the expected Compensatory Picks that the Cowboys will receive for their Free Agents that signed with other teams in 2017, the Cowboys should have the following picks in the 2018 Draft: pic.twitter.com/wsBMjfFvbA
— Cowboys Nation (@CowboysNation) January 13, 2018
The Cowboys got two additional fourths and two fifths. After trading up to get Xavier Woods in 2017, Dallas had no original fifth rounders for this year's draft.
This is a front office that avoids making “big splashes” in free agency and in the draft lately, but I wonder if they'll at least explore trading possibilities this time.
With three fourth-round picks and two fifths, they should have more than enough ammunition.
This team has done a nice job in the last few drafts, and with Will McClay staying for at least one more year, they might as well try to get everything they can out of their draft picks. After all, Dak Prescott himself was a fourth-round compensatory pick.
Even still, I would like to see this team do something out of the ordinary.
Whether it's trading up to get a well-fitting player who might otherwise go before their pick, or if it's to get another team's player, it would be interesting to see this front office pull the trigger on an interesting trade.
Sometimes it's surprising what NFL teams can get with late round picks.
The Buffalo Bills traded away Marcell Dareus for only a sixth-round pick less than a year ago. I mean, how would you have felt if Dallas had gotten Dareus for just a sixth rounder? I would've been completely fine with it, to be honest.
The Cowboys have enough ammunition to consider pulling a trade-off in free agency or the NFL Draft.
We may not like the coaching, but in the past few years, this front office has done a good job when it comes to team-building.
We were all frightened when we saw the defensive players that were leaving in the secondary, and a season later, the young defensive backs are one of the reasons why we're very optimistic about this team's future.
So if they decide to keep their picks to themselves, I'd say it'll be worth it, too.
After a sad season, at least we have an intriguing offseason ahead of us to keep us entertained.