Let’s make no mistake about it Dallas Cowboys fans, it has been an utter disappointment not seeing “America’s Team” not make it into the playoffs, especially after Jerry Jones brand new stadium was built. The off-season so far has been far from productive since the free agency period has started. Dallas has not gotten much better on any side of the ball, and cut their franchise leader in sacks, Demarcus Ware. The Brandon Weeden signing as the new back up for Dallas Cowboys, has less than thrilled the Dallas faithful. The 30-year-old quarterback that was drafted in the 1st round just two years ago has not lived up to the hype so far. Weeden has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in his two years, and has created some of best “Not Top 10 Plays” ESPN has ever broadcasted live. The Henry Melton signing by Dallas was probably their best move to date so far, but can Dallas really count on Melton, who missed most of last year with a torn ACL. The former Chicago Bear, now with Dallas, was considered as one of the best defensive tackles in the game before his injury, only time will tell if the new Dallas defensive tackle will return back to form.
The NFL Draft Daily feels the Cowboys should not rely on the pro bowl form of Henry Melton. They allowed not only Ware to leave, but also let another top performer on the defensive line, Jason Hatcher, leave and sign with the Washington Redskins in free agency. The Cowboys need to provide some pass rush in order for their defensive secondary to become somewhat effective. The Dallas defense ranked dead last against the pass last year, which is unacceptable for a team that boasts top corners like Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. The safety position has not helped any, and could also be another possibility with a safety like Calvin Pryor sitting on the board. The NFL Draft Daily thinks that Dallas will address their defensive line again in the first round, and draft defensive tackle stand out, Timmy Jernigan. Jernigan was considered as the best defensive tackle available in the draft before Aaron Donald (defensive tackle out of Pittsburgh), exploded with athleticism at the NFL combine. Jernigan could provide a long-standing solution at the defensive tackle position, and could cause a possible interior disaster for offensive lineman if both Melton and Jernigan are on the field together.
Like mentioned earlier, safety is another vital key for the defensive success for the Cowboys. Which kind of leaves that first round pick in question if there is a safety like Calvin Pryor on the board. Pryor provides a hard-hitting mentality in the defensive backfield, and can also create turnovers through the air; nagging seven interceptions in his three years at Louisville. There are other possible options at safety in the later rounds in the draft which leads the NFL Draft Daily to think Dallas will look to add a premier player to their defensive line. With many holes to fill and solely focusing on the draft to fill those holes, the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones must evaluate these prospects wisely if they hope to be contenders in the NFC East division.
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Commentary by Justin Huffman