In a weak division the Dallas Cowboys once again are in the running for a division title. This despite an injury-ravaged defense and inconsistent offense. Where will they look to fix their issues in the 2014 NFL draft?
Ha’sean Clinton-Dix – S – Alabama
It would be stunning if Dallas didn’t use 2014 as a work bench for getting their defense back in order. The unit currently ranks 30th overall in the league, 30th against the pass and 21st in points allowed. A real source of pain for them is at safety. While J.J. Wilcox has come up nicely at strong safety, Barry Church has become a serious liability in coverage at free safety. In order to put a cap on their effort to improve the pass defense they must find a player with more range and instinct. By far the best safety tagged for the draft next year is Alabama standout Ha’sean Clinton-Dix. Despite his suspension weeks ago for accepting improper payments, he is a legit safety. He has speed to get around the field and the vision to read a quarterback and make a break on the football.
C.J. Mosley – OLB – Alabama
If they can’t find secondary help early, then the Cowboys could look to upgrade their front seven. The Monte Kiffin defense is predicated on having a strong linebacking corps. With Sean Lee already in place in the middle, Dallas could add to that strength by taking C.J. Mosley out of Alabama. Not only an exceptional player with sideline-to-sideline range and good coverage skills but a team leader as well. Putting him next to Lee could give the Cowboys the next great linebacker tandem in the league and a core for Jerry Jones to build around.
Tajh Boyd – QB – Clemson
Then again their is always a chance the Dallas Cowboys pull a fast one and join the expected frenzy for a quarterback in the first round. The 2014 NFL draft is expected to have a very strong class of signal callers, and the ‘Boys don’t have one under the age of 30. Tony Romo turns 34 next April and his team can’t lean on him forever. Taking a calculated decision they might load the pipeline for the future before turning to the defense. In that case Clemson senior Tajh Boyd is a definite option. Like Romo he is very mobile, tough and a leader in the huddle. His arm can make any throw on the football field while his only drawback is being slightly shorter than average at 6’1″. There is plenty of talent to turn into a quarterback of the future.
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