With that said, I will be taking a look at the Cowboys’ roster, position by position. I will evaluate who the Cowboys have coming back, who may be leaving, and what positions Dallas should target in the draft. I will begin with the most scrutinized position of all, the QB position.
I have always believed Tony Romo to be an above average quarterback. I have stated that when you start listing the Cowboys’ problems, you have to get pretty far down the list before you get to Romo.
However, I do have concerns about Tony Romo going into the 2014 season. Romo is 34 years old and has had two back surgeries in the last year. This creates a dilemma. Will he be ready for the 2014 season? And, if he is ready, how effective will he be? Romo’s injury is definitely a big concern, but the bigger concern is what else is available to the Cowboys at the QB position.
Dallas has been ignoring the QB position on draft day for over a decade. Since 2000, Dallas has only selected two QBs on draft day, Isaiah Stanback, who they tried to convert to WR, and Stephen McGee. Because Dallas has failed to find a QB for the future, its only option behind Romo is Kyle Orton. Orton is not a bad backup, but he is also not a guy you want to depend on for multiple weeks.
Because of Romo’s age and injury concerns, I believe Dallas must look to select a QB in the Draft. Dallas has much more pressing needs early in the draft, mainly on defense, but it will still need to address its quarterback situation.
One player I would suggest Dallas to take a look at in the middle rounds of the draft is Alabama QB, A.J. McCarron. McCarron has had a very good career at Alabama. Yet, most scouts do not view him as a top starter in the NFL. Dallas could draft him and see if he develops.
Good QB play is a must if you want to compete in today’s NFL. Some Cowboy fans may not want to admit it, but overall, the QB play in Dallas has been very solid the last seven years. The only way Dallas gets solid play again in 2014 is with a healthy Tony Romo.