One of the main reasons the Dallas Cowboys are 4-11 has been the play they’ve received from the quarterback position. When Tony Romo went down in Week 2 with the left clavicle injury, Brandon Weeden was inserted into the starting lineup and after three losses with him as the starter, the Cowboys decided to give Matt Cassel the starting gig. In seven starts, the Cowboys were just 1-6 with Cassel and after an ugly showing against the New York Jets, the Cowboys decided to make the switch to Kellen Moore just midway through the game.
The quarterback position is obviously a big concern in Dallas. With Romo aging, on top of his back concerns and the left clavicle being injured three times, the Cowboys have to start to look into the prospects of adding a quarterback for the future. Over the past two weeks, I’ve started my draft analysis and the first two players I analyzed were both quarterbacks. I looked at both Paxton Lynch and Jared Goff. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll continue to analyze players that fit positions of need for the Cowboys.
Despite the Cowboys’ need to find Romo’s successor, it has to be said that Moore hasn’t played so poorly over the past game and a half. Sure his numbers aren’t terrific, but Moore has shown more than both Weeden and Cassel showed.
While the Cowboys will have a top-5 pick in the draft, one option may be to draft a quarterback like Lynch or Goff, but the Cowboys have Super Bowl aspirations in 2016 and because of that, a guy that can make a more immediate impact might be the route the Cowboys choose to go. If that’s the decision, a guy like Laquon Treadwell, Joey Bosa, or even Jalen Ramsey all make sense.
Drafting a quarterback in the first round will mean that the Cowboys will be drafting a guy that won’t play, that is unless Romo gets injured. Moore isn’t the future at the quarterback position, but he’s a guy that can come in and do what is needed. The quarterback class isn’t strong in this year’s draft.
If the Cowboys want to wait until the 2017 NFL Draft to find their quarterback of the future, it might make more sense. Moore is a stopgap solution at the backup quarterback position. Before drafting a quarterback just to draft one, the Cowboys need make sure he’s capable of being a starting quarterback for the next 10-15 years. Whether Goff or Lynch are capable of doing that has yet to be seen.
To view my analysis on Jared Goff, click here.
To view my analysis on Paxton Lynch, click here.