Pass Rush A Top Priority That Cowboys Might Ignore
As must of you know by now the Dallas Cowboys currently hold the 28th overall pick in the 2017 Draft. Also, as most of you know upgrading the pass rush is high on the priority list for the Cowboys. However there could be a situation where we enter the 2017-2018 season with the starting defensive line looking very familiar.
For years I (and most of Cowboys Nation) have been screaming for Dallas to throw resources at the defensive end position like they did their offensive line. The Cowboys have not spent a first round pick on a pass rusher since they selected Anthony Spencer with the 26th overall pick in 2007. Since that pick the Cowboys front office has drafted only THREE pass rushers in the top 100 (Demarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, and Tyrone Crawford), this may explain a lot of their problems.
The Dallas Cowboys currently have a crowded defensive line group. Tyrone Crawford (3rd round pick), David Irving (KC-UDFA), Charles Tapper (4th round pick), Demarcus Lawrence (2nd round pick), Benson Mayowa (SEA-UDFA), and Damontre Moore (NYG – 3rd round pick) are players currently on the Cowboys roster that play defensive end also on defensive line the Cowboys have Stephen Paea, Cedric Thornton, Maliek Collins, and Richard Ash who play primarily inside. That gives them 10 total defensive lineman that will likely be brought into training camp before the Draft. To put this number in perspective the Cowboys almost always had a healthy pass rusher inactive come game day when all the “rushmen” were healthy. So when you think of adding AT LEAST one other to that list you have to remember that you can only take 46 players into a game.
In this situation you have to realize that the Cowboys don’t need anymore bodies at defensive end. They need difference makers. They don’t have space in the locker room for anymore mid to late round workout warriors. If Dallas wants to address the defensive line and find that “war daddy” rusher they need to do it in the first round. The Cowboys should have a large selection to choose from at pick 28. Guys like Charles Harris, T.J. Watt, Derek Rivers, and Takk Mckinley are likely to still be available when the Cowboys are on the clock. But with the big need at cornerback still looming in the back of Jerry Jones head will he finally be able to convince the rest of the front office that pass rushers currently under contract aren’t good enough.
Now we must remember that every draft a top talent falls, it’s almost inevitable so stacking defensive end at the top of their board because it’s a position that needs upgrading may not be the smartest thing in the world, but neither is waiting until the mid to late rounds to add a pass rusher. To me if Dallas does not select a pass rusher at 28 and a guy like Derek Rivers, Tyus Bowser, or Tarell Basham are off the board at pick 60 spending a pick on a defensive end who cannot offer much of a contribution right away and adding another body to an already crowded defensive line room may be a pointless pick for a team that has plenty of #2 and #3 rushers but lack the true #1 to really get after opposing quarterbacks.
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