5 NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Be Instant Starters for Dallas Cowboys
Aaron Donald & Ra'Shede Hageman - Senior Bowl
There’s not much left to be said that hasn’t already been said about the 2013 Dallas Cowboys; in a nutshell, they were a disappointment.
It seemed that when the offense was clicking, the defense couldn’t stop anyone, and when the defense was making stops, the offense couldn’t move the ball or score points. All in all, the 2013 season was, yet, another failure for a franchise that has been irrelevant for the better part of 19 years.
Don’t confuse relevance with popularity, either. If this were a popularity contest, the Cowboys would be champions every season. No, this is about contending for championships, or at the very least being in a position to contend for championships; something that the Cowboys are not.
For the most part, the blame can be placed firmly on the shoulders of owner and general manager Jerry Jones; I mean, Jones is the one common factor over those 19 years of mediocrity.
Under Jones, the Cowboys drafts have been pitiful, some outright disgusting, and it’s costing the Cowboys dearly. Take for example, the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Drafts. Those three drafts combined only produced Orlando Scandrick, Dez Bryant and Sean Lee.
Let me paint the picture for you guys; only three players out of a possible 24 selected over three drafts remain on this team. That means that the Cowboys hit on a whopping 12.5 percent of their picks over a three year span.
Under Jason Garrett the Cowboys have done a better job with their drafting, and if they are to take the next step, they must have another good to excellent drat in 2014. Depth is a huge problem for the Cowboys, and they need all the help they can get, but they specifically need help at the 1-technique defensive tackle spot, the 3-technique defensive tackle spot, defensive end, safety and offensive guard.
I have searched high and low, and compiled this list of five players that the Cowboys could target in the first round, who would be Day-1 starters. I hope you enjoy.
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
With unbelievable quickness for a defensive tackle, Aaron Donald would be the perfect 3-technique in defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s defensive scheme.
Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
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That monster playing defensive tackle is Ra’Shede Hageman. He has an uncanny combination of size, speed, strength and flexibility for a man his size. I think he has the flexibility to play the 1-technique or the 3-technique in Marinelli’s defense.
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
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One of the most disruptive pass rushers in the 2014 NFL Draft is defensive end Kony Ealy. He finished 2013 with 9.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. He would be a Day-1 starter opposite DeMarcus Ware.
Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
The Cowboys’ secondary was awful in 2013, and Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix would be a immediate upgrade over incumbent starters Jeff Heath and J.J. Wilcox. While Clinton-Dix’s stats weren’t phenomenal in 2013 and he isn’t considered an elite prospect at safety, scouts view him as a true center fielder.
Zack Martin, OT/G, Notre Dame
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Known as a technician with some nasty to him, Zack Martin was a physical run-blocker and stout pass blocker for the Fighting Irish. As a pro, I think that because of his size, he will be better suited to play guard. Nonetheless, Martin would be an immediate upgrade over both Mackenzy Bernadeau and Ronald Leary.