NFL Rumors: If Dallas Cowboys Don't Address Their Line Needs, What Position Might They Draft In First Round?

By Ben Grimaldi
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The NFL draft is just a few months away and even though it seems like we’re a long way from one of the best three days in the football off-season, the reality is that it’ll be here before we know it. In fact, the combine begins in a few weeks and it starts a wild two months where everybody tries to break the draft down.

Every team has needs and for the Dallas Cowboys, it seems fairly obvious what positions they need to upgrade, their offensive and defensive lines. However, since the Cowboys and Jerry Jones have been known to do some odd things in the draft, if they bypass those two positions, there might be a spot where the team looks to improve upon in April, safety.

It’s no secret the Cowboys have been trying to find a complete safety for the past handful of years and it might be the case again this year, especially in their transition into the new Tampa 2 scheme under Monte Kiffin. I’ve been higher than most on Barry Church but he’s coming off of a serious injury and Gerald Sensabaugh has been a solid player for the Dallas defense the past few years but nobody knows how well they will fit in the new defense. I also like Matt Johnson and think he’s a perfect fit for Kiffin’s scheme but he never got healthy last year and his biggest fan was Rob Ryan, who’s left the building, so it’s fair to wonder if he even stays around?

So if the Cowboys look in any direction other than the trenches come April, I think the safety position could be the spot they look towards. There are some intriguing prospects at safety like Kenny Vaccaro or Matt Elam, who are both projected to get drafted anywhere from the late first to early second rounds, right where the Cowboys sit in the draft.

While there is little doubt the Cowboys should be drafting for their offensive or defensive lines early and often in the draft, the safety position remains the wild card in the equation. And if history has taught us anything, its to never try and predict what Jerry Jones will do.

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