The Dallas Cowboys’ coaches, scouts and GM Jerry Jones are getting ready to head to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine which will get underway this weekend. The Cowboys will be observing and interviewing players who might fit with their team so they can have a better idea of who to draft in May. Given their lack of cap space, Dallas needs players who can step in and make an impact right away. One player I believe could do that is the DE out of Missouri, Kony Ealy.
Ealy is a 6-foot-5, 275-pound DE who had 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles this past season. He is a speed pass rusher which is something Dallas was severely lacking this past season. He is the second ranked DE in this year’s class behind only Jadeveon Clowney. Ealy is projected to be selected in the middle of the first round.
Dallas could potentially lose Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer this offseason to free agency. There has also been talk of cutting DeMarcus Ware if he is unwilling to renegotiate his contract and take a pay cut. Even if Ware stays, Dallas is still slim along the defensive line. Ealy’s presence could assist Ware by taking away some of the double teams that Ware normally sees.
Adding Ealy would not only help the front end of the Cowboys’ defense, but it would help the back end as well. A better pass rush would mean less time that the Cowboys’ secondary would have to cover the opposing WRs. Dallas struggled with this mightily last season.
Dallas needs playmakers all over their defense, but especially along their front four. Every great defense starts with a great front four that can put pressure on the QB. That is Ealy’s specialty. He would bring a dimension to the defense that has been sorely missing. Dallas’ number one goal this offseason should be to fix a defense that was horrendous last season. While you can’t do that with just one player, adding Ealy would be a terrific start.