Dallas has been hit hard with secondary issues this off-season. If the top defensive pass rushers are off the board, it's easy to assume the next need the Cowboys will look to address is their depth at cornerback.
At this deep into the first round, Gareon Conley, and Tre'Davious White should still be available. The other corners the Cowboys might consider are Adoree Jackson and Jourdan Lewis, but both are ranked as early second round picks.
Gareon has draft gem written all over him. He has shutdown skills, size, and the speed to cover most receivers at the next level. Trr'Davious White is of nearly equal capability, but after a less productive season at LSU, there are growing concerns about mental lapses. Either player would be a welcomed addition to the Cowboys thin secondary.
Clearly the top need entering the draft for the Cowboys is finding another pass rushing presence. At this deep into the draft the choices will be thin. EDGE pass rusher Tim Williams should still be available, and I've heard recent talk that Takkarist McKinley's stock may drop him this deep into the first round.
Williams is a very athletic pass rusher, and has the size, strength, and speed to play defensive end in a 4-3 set. He does come with a set of concerns, concentrational and conditioning, so he gets the boom or bust label next to his name.
McKinley has nearly the same features, but he has more agility, which makes him the better target if still on the board. Attitude concerns, along with the tendancy to get too relaxed is what's dropping his draft value. Despite these concerns, the Cowboys have to draft a pass rusher if one is still on the board.
If the top pass rushers are off the board, another addition the Cowboys may consider is drafting a tight end. Whitten signed on for another season, but given his age, this could be his last season in the NFL.
O.J. Howard will be off the board, but the possibility exists that David Njoku might still be available. Njoku has a knack for creating his own lanes under zone coverage, and he tends to use his size well when matched up one-on-one.
The biggest knock that's dropped his stock value is he has never been accused of being a good blocker for the ground game. This can be corrected with coaching while developing behind Whitten this season.
If the top pass rushers that the Cowboys covet are likely to be off the board, the Cowboys may give consideration to trading up in the draft to select a one of the top EDGE rushers. If trading up, will the Cowboys go for broke, and work their way into the top 10? Or, would they target a top 20 prospect? The Cowboys need for an EDGE rusher is great enough to warrant considering them possibly trading up.
If you were the GM of the Dallas Cowboys, who would you pick?
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