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2014 NFL Draft: Ranking the Dallas Cowboys’ Top 5 Needs

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2014 NFL Draft: Ranking the Dallas Cowboys' Top 5 Needs

Jerry Jones, NFL Draft,
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The draft history of the Dallas Cowboys is well documented. We all know they have done poorly in the draft, and that is the top reason for their 17 year run of mediocrity. The NFL is not going to do away with the draft, and Jerry Jones is not going to take a backseat in the draft process. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the positional needs that the Cowboys should be looking to address in the draft.

When you have had has many poor drafts as the Cowboys have had, the result is you have holes throughout your entire roster. Dallas needs starters or depth at practically every position. Dallas’ best draft strategy would be to simply take the best player available.

On offense, Dallas could possibly need a backup QB if Kyle Orton retires. They could use a WR since Miles Austin will likely be cut, and they could use some more help along the offensive line as well. Dallas seems to be set at RB, but with 2014 likely being DeMarco Murray’s final season with the team, adding a RB would not be the worst thing.

On defense you can name any position and it will be a position where the Cowboys need help. The DL was one of the worst in the league last season. At times Dallas struggled to keep three healthy LBs on the field. The defense also continually gave up huge plays in their secondary due to poor play at both safety and cornerback.

With that many positions of need it will be impossible for Dallas to address them all. They just have to do their best to fill some of them. With that in mind, here are the top-five positional needs I believe the Cowboys should address in the NFL draft.

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5. Linebacker

Bruce Carter, Dallas Cowboys, Draft Needs
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas has good LBs in Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. The key is to find a way to keep them healthy. I do not believe Dallas has to add a LB in the draft, but if there is a good one in the middle rounds the team shouldn't hesitate to draft one.

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4. Quarterback

Kyle Orton, Dallas COwboys, NFL Draft Needs
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Orton is still deciding if he is going to retire or not, but I don’t think it matters. Whether Orton retires or not, Dallas still needs to draft a young QB. They must start grooming the QB of the future, and there will be some talented QBs available in rounds three through seven in this draft.

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3. Offensive Line

Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys, NFL Draft Needs
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas’ offensive line was much improved in 2013, but it is still not where it could be. Dallas has two Pro Bowl caliber players along their offensive line, but that still leaves three other positions that can be upgraded.

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2. Safety

Calvin Pryor, NFL Draft
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

There have been reports that Dallas is comfortable with what they currently have at safety. If that is true and they really are comfortable with Jeff Heath or J.J. Wilcox starting, then I say they are comfortable with losing. You cannot be a true contender with one of those guys as your starting safety.

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1. Defensive Line

Demarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys, NFL Draft Needs
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Every great defense starts with a great pass rush. Dallas had no pass rush last year. They do not just need to add one defensive lineman—they need to add multiple linemen. The Cowboys have many positional needs, but the most glaring need by far is in the defensive line.