The Dallas Cowboys are in the most important off-season of the Jason Garrett era. If they do not make positive changes that lead to positive results in 2014, there will likely be a massive overhaul at Valley Ranch. One of the most important events of the off-season takes place in Indianapolis this weekend — the NFL Combine.
Dallas needs to find players that can help, not only in the future, but in the present as well. They need to add players that can step in from day one and fill one of the many holes on the roster. One of the players I believe could fill a major hole is DT Aaron Donald out of Pittsburgh.
Donald is a 6-foot-1, 288 pound DT who recorded 59 tackles and 11 sacks for the Panthers last season. He is a great run stuffer which is what you want in a DT, but he also gives you the added bonus of being an above average pass rusher. The only knock against Donald is that he is a bit undersized. However, so was Jay Ratliff and he was productive with the Cowboys.
Donald has many more positives about his game than negatives. One thing scouts rave about is how he gives maximum effort on every play. He never seems to wear down. He is also extremely quick off the ball and uses a quick first step to beat his man more often than not.
Dallas’ defense was missing a couple of key ingredients last season: a good pass rush, and a run stuffer in the middle of their defensive line. Normally, a team would have to draft two separate guys to fill those voids. But, if the Cowboys choose Aaron Donald, they might be able to fill both voids with one guy.