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2014 NFL Draft: Updating the Dallas Cowboys’ 5 Biggest Needs

The Cowboys' Updated Top 5 Needs

Henry Melton
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After yet another disappointing season, the Dallas Cowboys are looking to finally put the pieces into place to make a serious run at a playoff appearance. Before they can do that, though, the team needs to nail the 2014 NFL Draft. With numerous picks to work with, there’s no reason the Cowboys can’t fill some voids and improve their roster.

Here’s a look at five needs they must address when the 2014 NFL Draft rolls around.

5. Wide Receiver Depth

Cole Beasley
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5. Wide Receiver Depth

Cole Beasley
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The Cowboys appear to be set with their starting receivers Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams, but could certainly use some extra depth heading into 2014. Dwayne Harris is a solid No. 3, but can be inconsistent. Cole Beasley is a reliable option, but can’t be expected to carry a significant load. If Tony Romo is going to be successful next season, the Cowboys must equip him with more weapons.

4. Left Guard

Donald Leary
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4. Left Guard

Donald Leary
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As we saw last season, Ronald Leary is not a quality starter at the left guard spot. The rest of the offensive line held up better than expected, but Leary was clearly the weak link along the starting five. Moving forward, they need to find a better option at left guard. Unless there’s some sleeper on the open market, drafting a potential replacement would be a wise move for the Cowboys to make.

3. Strong Safety

J.J. Wilcox
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3. Strong Safety

J.J. Wilcox
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While Dallas has issues at both safety positions, strong safety is a bigger concern heading into the 2014 season. Jeff Heath and J.J. Wilcox are the Cowboys’ top two talents at the position, neither of which is exactly an enticing option to start. Unless the team is happy with an average-at-best starter at strong safety, bringing aboard a better talent at the position might be in their best interests.

2. Defensive End

Jeremy Mincey
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2. Defensive End

Jeremy Mincey
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When your starting right defensive end is Jeremy Mincey, you know there’s a problem. The Cowboys tried to upgrade the defensive end position via free agency this offseason, but did nothing more than put Band-Aids on a gaping wound. Dallas needs a serious pass rushing threat to replace the production of DeMarcus Ware, which is why finding a capable defensive end early is a definite must.

1. Defensive Tackle

Nick Hayden
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1. Defensive Tackle

Nick Hayden
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Even after signing Henry Melton this offseason, the Cowboys still have serious concerns along the interior of the defensive line. As of right now, Nick Hayden is penciled in as the other starting defensive tackle, which isn’t exactly an ideal situation. Given that they have the No. 16 pick this upcoming May, the Cowboys will likely be in perfect position to address the defensive tackle spot in the first round.

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