The Cowboys have a lot of work to do in free agency, but the team needs to nail the draft if they’re going to make a Super Bowl run in 2019.
The issue of whether or not the Cowboys can retain DeMarcus Lawrence is going to dominate the team’s offseason. Of course, properly executing their draft is just as important. Finding cheap, amateur talent is a requirement for the Cowboys if they want to keep their high-priced stars in the future.
Of course, Jerry Jones’ job as the team’s General Manager is going to be complicated by the lack of a first round pick in this year’s draft. The team doesn’t have any regrets about the trade that brought Amari Cooper to town, but it will tie their hands slightly in April. The Cowboys also are without a sixth round pick due to the move for Bene Benwikere. The loss of both selections makes it less likely that the Cowboys will try to make a big move up the draft board.
Even if Lawrence is retained, you should expect the Cowboys to move early for an edge rusher. The franchise simply cannot continue to trust Randy Gregory to stay healthy and eligible for a full season. Finding another big body to plug and play at defensive tackle should also be a priority. Those may not be the glamorous type of selections Jones likes to make early in the draft, but they’re the selections required to sure up his team’s front seven.
In later rounds, Dallas can afford to get a little more creative. Finding a tight end to provide Dak Prescott with a real safety blanket would be a great move. Fortunately for the Cowboys, that’s something they can accomplish on day three. Without further delay, let’s jump right into what Jones should do with every pick they possess in this year’s draft.