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    Is Defensive End Still a Top Need for Cowboys?

    With 38 team in 2017, the Dallas Cowboys surpassed their 2016 total of 36 and turned into one of their strengths. With a career-high 14.5 sacks, Defensive End led the way as one of the most productive and consistent players on the whole roster.

    Compiling just 11 sacks over their final eight games though, the Cowboys' may still be far from the game-wrecking force it could be with the addition of more young talent.

    The Cowboys sack production in 2017 again came without much of an impact from the RDE position.

    , last year's sack-leader from this position, finished with just one sack over the same volume of snaps in 2017.

    First-round draft pick originally started at right end, and later moved behind Lawrence at LDE to finish his first season strong with three sacks.

    also proved an effective player — mainly against the run — on the far-right side of the Dallas defensive line. It was effectively his third position in three years after going from 3T DT to LDE, and then across to RDE.

    Slotted to pick 19th overall at the upcoming , defensive end may still be one of the Cowboys biggest needs.

    Lawrence to a long-term deal with be a priority this , as should adding real talent around him.

    Cowboys en Español: El Futuro de David Irving y DeMarcus Lawrence
    Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (Kevin Jairaj / USA TODAY Sports)

    There's no question 's carried the through plenty of games down the stretch, the best they could as the team fell short of the . Looking to turn the corner thanks to investments made at the draft in the last year, the Cowboys could quickly return to a league power should they sustain this defensive level.

    Being able to force tight throws into coverage while being even better at pressuring the — ideally, all while solving their offensive woes and putting up big totals again soon — is the best way for the Cowboys to find themselves in the playoffs next season.

    Pass rushers close out games, the best ones win their team games. Having already used a recent first-round pick at the position, the Cowboys can no longer sell their fans on untapped potential up front defensively.

    The likes of Mayowa and should be viewed only as ideal rotational pieces to rush behind another true starter that is lacking on this line.

    In position to add a like , Arden Key, or should they choose to in April, the Cowboys continuing to win games with defense by making quarterbacking against them a nightmare could become a common sight.

    With adjustments also needed on their star-driven , this is truly an offseason for the Dallas Cowboys to remember, games are won and lost in the trenches.

    Sean Martin
    Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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    Travis Diggs

    Of course its still a need. They stuggled with mobile qbs and they also struggled when Demarcus got double teamed. If your settled on Irving playing inside then you need another physical force on the edge opposite D Law to complement Taco either through free agency and/or the draft

    Russ_Te

    Taco is a clear LDE and pretty much showed that down the stretch. I feel pretty good now about his development curve should Lawrence be sacrificed in FA. The anchor right now is Irving inside. That has to hold up, and then the DL can be built from there. Collins disappoints so far but he is still a young player, and might have another stage to his future game, like Lawrence did.

    Draft priority IMO:

    OL / OT
    WR
    RDE
    LB

    An impact player from one of those is likely to fall to the Cowboys. That’s who I take – best available


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