2013 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Team Needs

The Dallas Cowboys have made very few moves over the last three and half weeks in 2013 NFL Free Agency, but their budget was too tight to do hardly any spending on the open market, anyway.  Making quarterback Tony Romo—who turns 33-years-old later this month and has just one career playoff victory—the highest-paid player in franchise history with a six-year contract extension worth a whopping $108 million (with $55 million guaranteed) might prove to be a poor investment, though it’s also possible that Dallas could be on the verge of success after the vote of confidence.  Only time will tell.  In the meantime, let’s take a look at the Cowboys’ updated team needs heading into the 2013 NFL Draft (in no particular order).

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1. Offensive Line

Regardless of where you place the blame for the Cowboys’ disappointment—Romo, his offensive line, Jerry Jones, a combination of these factors or something else entirely—Romo and Jones aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

One of the best ways the Cowboys can go about preventing some of the poor passes and erratic play late in games from the starting signal-caller is to surround him better protection.  If Dallas doesn’t land one of the top lineman like Lane Johnson, Jonathan Cooper, Menelik Watson or D.J. Fluker in the first round, look for the team to target one of the top prospects on the second day of the draft, which could include Larry Warford, David Bakhtiari, Kyle Long, Justin Pugh and Terron Armstead.

2. Defensive Line

Jay Ratliff has performed pretty well at nose tackle, but he was much more of a force with Wade Phillips.  The club has to address the  inside of the defensive line for Monte Kiffin’s new scheme.  Dallas finished 19th in total yards, 19th against the pass, 22nd against the run and 24th in points allowed in 2012.  Johnathan Hankins, John Jenkins, Jesse Williams, Sylvester Williams, Sheldon Richardson, Bennie Logan, Kawann Short and Everrett Dawkins could be names to watch in the first three rounds.

3. Defensive Back

In addition to making improvements in the trenches, Dallas has to bolster the back-end of its defense if it has any hopes of making any serious run at the Super Bowl.  Safety is clearly one of this team’s top priorities after the departure of Gerald Sensabaugh.

Dallas did add Will Allen, but he has just nine starts since 2006 and even if he starts at strong safety, another upgrade is needed on the other side.  Dallas is reportedly very interested in Kenny Vaccaro, though Matt Elam, Jonathan Cyprien, Phillip Thomas, J.J. Wilcox, Eric Reid, Shamarko Thomas, Bacarri Rambo and D.J. Swearinger could be solid options on the second day of the draft.

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Michael Gartman is a College Football and NFL Senior Writer, the AFC South and NFC West Lead Writer and the Founder, CEO of GridironGrit.com.  He’s also about to start reporting on topics across all sides of the political spectrum and analyze important issues in the liberty movement for a political website.  Follow him @_MichaelGartman on Twitter.  Be sure to ‘like’ Gridiron Grit on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GridironGrit to keep up with the latest coverage on college football, the NFL and more!

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