If the Dallas Cowboys had a game this weekend the depth chart would be a most interesting endeavor indeed.

Ed Note: Click here for a visual representation of the entire Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart.

At this juncture of the season a teams depth chart can be quite alarming. Entire position groups can be decimated due to free agency, retirement and/or injury. Thanks to the Jason Garrett approach to the offseason of using NFL Free Agency to set the team up as if the draft wasn’t an option, the Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart isn’t quite as dramatic as some teams, yet it has it’s points of interest. Let’s break it down.

QB – Dak Prescott is backed up by NFL journeyman Jamiell Showers. Look for a late veteran signing.

RBEzekiel Elliott is backed up by Alfred Morris. This should change and word on the street is Morris may actually be shown the door. A late veteran signing is likely . UDFA prospects will abound.

FB – Former LB and current special teams ace Keith Smith returns.

WR – The gang is back together! Dez, TWill and Da Beaze will be backed up by Brice Butler and Andy Jones.

TE – It’s Dallas. Jason Witten is da man. James Hanna is under contract and should be back. Geoff Swaim is on the rise and Rico Gathers is still a diamond in the rough. The position may get an upgrade in a rich TE draft but is deep as is.

OL – With Doug Free retiring it gets really interesting here. For the moment we put highly talented training room aficionado Chaz Green starting at RT and La’El Collins at LG. In truth it’s unknown what will happen here. A savvy vet signing of OC Mangold or OG Cooper is probable. So is the Cowboys standing pat. They could also look to the draft. The OL is the Dallas Cowboys. This situation will be watched closely.

Edge Rusher – Damontre Moore joins Benson Mayowa and Charles Tapper on the weak side. Moore is a one-gapper who has been playing out of scheme his entire career. Mayowa started to break out at the end of last year and Tapper is nothing but upside. DeMarcus Lawrence will be listed as the starter, but on passing downs look for him to switch to the strong side and one of the players just mentioned to be tasked with bringing the heat from the QB’s blind side. A draft pick upgrade is probable, though not a given.

1-TechCedric Thornton and Stephen Paea will vie for starting honors yet each will get plenty of snaps.

3-TechMaliek Collins, David Irving and Tyrone Crawford bring a dynamic to the position the Cowboys haven’t enjoyed for years.

Strong Side DE – The Cowboys are deep here. Tyrone Crawford anchors the spot but moves inside when needed. Both David Irving and DeMarcus Lawrence will see significant snap counts here as well.

LBSean Lee is (finally) joined by redshirt rookie Jaylon Smith and the unit looks instantly better. Kyle Wilber is versatile and reliable. Anthony Hitchens, Damien Wilson and Mark Nzeocha have all improved. Infusion from the draft is probable.

CBOrlando Scandrick and Anthony Brown are joined by veteran Nolan Carroll. The draft will almost assuredly be tapped to bolster this unit.

SafetyJeff Heath is currently the starter at strong safety and has played well as a special teams ace, backup safety and nickle/dime duty man. Sophomore Kavon Frazier backs him up.  Like CB the draft will probably to be used to upgrade this unit as well. Perhaps not.

So as much as everyone wants to point at edge rusher as the Cowboys biggest issue, defensive back actually seems a position of greater need for Dallas and as it turns out, is reportedly a position of depth in this years upcoming draft.

Last year the Cowboys needed and received defensive line help in a deep defensive line draft. This year it seems the team will have a similar opportunity at DB and it couldn’t come at a better time. CB and Safety are this teams biggest needs. An offensive guard or right tackle would be nice as well.

Still a few weeks until the draft but the 2017 Cowboys are starting to take shape.

What say you Sports Nation?

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  1. SVO,

    Is OT Emmett Cleary an inadvertent or intentional omission on your depth chart? He appears on the Cowboys site…

  2. To SVO:

    QB: thought Showers was going to DB (safety).

    TE: is Hanna healthy?

    Chances of team signing a TE or OT?

    • Showers – such a plus athlete they are looking for ways to keep him on the team – He led team in special teams tackles two years ago. Great running the scout team QB when facing scrambler. Has huge arm. Still learning the game

      Hanna – That is the $64K question – official word is “he is on track.” Yeah, so is my retirement.

      Signing TE/OT – assuming you mean FA here. Cooper was almost a given, even though he is OG. I don’t see a lot better OT wise than what is currently on the team. TE ….. unless Hanna’s leg has fallen off Cowboys are deep there. Rico Gathers is the wild card and he was getting wow reviews from scout team duty last year.

      • What is the deal with Swaim’s foot surgery? Is this the dreaded 5th metatarsal, or one of the lesser metatarsals?

        • As with all injury updates Cowboys are keeping it on the down lo. “On schedule” is the official response. #facepalm

  3. Just throwing this out, but does anyone think the Browns might have an interest in Romo or vice versa? With new receivers and a reworked OL not to mention a sh..load of draft choices I began thinking of that. I don’t know if Romo would want to go there but they have a ton of cap space also.

    • NO WAY Tony goes to Cleveland. Unless, Cleveland offers the first pick. Then, as a favor to Jerry, Tony goes to Cleveland, gets hurt immediately, retires and goes to ESPN. They eat another huge salary, we get Myles Garrett, Tony gets richer on TV, and life is good.

    • Depends on whether or not the Browns can move Osweiler and whether or not the Browns are targeting Garoppolo. I don’t think it is out of bounds to imagine Romo with the Browns (though the Broncos and Texans are far more attractive destinations) but a lot of parts would have to move in exactly the right way for it to happen.

    • What OL? If McCown with a hard head gets knocked out, and actually, any Browns QB seems to get KO’d…how would Romo last? Do the Browns even have a running attack?

      And if their D is bad and the team always behind…and then passing… err, not good.

  4. Lee has had one full season, if he returns to mean, he will miss 6-8 games and Smith has not fully regenerated the damaged nerve, so he may not play. If this plays out, we need some lb help. Moore has been more of a headcase than out of position, this is probably his last chance, wise to get him on a one year deal. DLaw and the Craw need to step up or the B word is going to come into play. I would still go heavy on defense, and wish we had kept DJax and let Dunbar go. Take a late flyer on one of my Frogs, Aviante Collins.