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Would Drafting DE/OLB K’Lavon Chaisson Leave Cowboys Too Short Elsewhere?

Talk of the loving LSU pass rusher K'Lavon Chaisson as a 1st-round pick is heating up as the 2020 Draft draws near. But is this really their greatest need, and would taking Chaisson or another player on Thursday night potentially leave Dallas too weak at another position?

This isn't a knock on Chaisson, who seems like a great pickup for any team with a need for a 4-3 or 3-4 . But while the Cowboys do need some help there, it's arguably not even one of their top three issues heading into the draft.

When I ranked Dallas' draft needs a week ago, defensive end was fourth on the list. The top three were , , and .

It's a simple matter of what the Cowboys have now and going forward based on contracts. The CB position is a clear problem there with already gone and both and becoming next year.

And what's more, neither of those young player have shown enough yet to be relied on as a true top corner for this season.

The WR position may have and locked up for a while, but the #3 spot is open and that is really a starting job in the modern NFL. played way more snaps last year than the second TE, backup RB, or . It's a key offensive role.

Safety is set to be a next year and newly-signed has just a one-year contract. The Cowboys could be looking for two new starters next without some investment now.

Sure, defensive end has its own problems for 2020 and beyond. But the Cowboys already have some interesting solutions in place.

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There's no question that the Cowboys will miss after his great contributions in 2019. But there's considerable upside in the combined potentials of Randy Gregory and Aldon Smith as replacements.

With still around as the franchise player on one side, Gregory and Smith are both looking at opportunities to reenter the NFL and resurrect their careers. While there's no definite answer yet on their reinstatements, all signs point to both getting another chance.

The Cowboys already have decent DE depth with , Dorance Armstong, and . But as long as just one of Gregory or Smith can find his groove again, then that guy should be able to replicate the impact Quinn had on the last year.

Sure, there's risk in that statement. But the are highly improved with both of these players making their comeback attempts on the same roster.

Despite all this, it would hardly be crazy for the Cowboys to invest in a guy like K'Lavon Chaisson. They'd have 4-5 years of his rookie contract to enjoy after and he might have more upside at this point than either Aldon or Randy.

But loading up at defensive end may leave you too weak elsewhere. And K'Lavon's presence just might stunt the maximum potential that Dallas could get from their other DE options.

Unless the Cowboys clearly think Chaisson is on a grander tier of talent to other CB, WR, or S prospects that might be available at the 17th pick, I think that draft capital could be better used elsewhere.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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