As the NFL’s offseason begins, we have been breaking down the Dallas Cowboys’ roster position by position. We have been looking at which players Dallas will bring back, who they might let go and which positions they should target in the upcoming NFL draft. Here we will be looking at the linebackers.
The Dallas Defense has been horrendous the past three seasons. One of the few bright spots has been linebacker Sean Lee. The only problem is Lee has been unable to stay on the field. Despite only playing in 11 games, Lee finished second on the team in tackles, and led Dallas in interceptions—which says a lot more about the rest of the defense than it does Lee. When healthy, Lee is a top 10 linebacker in the NFL. The key is to figure out how to keep him healthy and on the field.
Dallas had high hopes for linebacker Bruce Carter heading into 2013, but early on he underperformed, and was even benched for lack of effort. Carter did seem to respond well to being benched and actually played well in the second half of the season. Dallas has to hope that good play from Carter can carry over into 2014.
Like most players, rookie linebacker DeVonte Holloman had an up and down season. Keep in mind, though, that Holloman was learning a new position. In college Holloman was a safety. For a rookie learning a new position, I would say that he played pretty well. I believe Holloman has a lot of promise and will continue to get better.
The other linebackers on the Cowboys’ roster are nothing more than backups at best. Dallas should definitely look at the linebacker position in the draft. When you have injury prone players like Sean Lee, you have to have depth at that position. The Cowboys have a severe lack of depth at linebacker, and that must be addressed in the upcoming draft.