By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on April 17, 2014
The Dallas Cowboys didn't have a lot of money in free agency. That said, it is vital that the Cowboys have a good draft. Dallas needs to upgrade almost every part of their defense. Something to remember is that the Cowboys need to add solid depth on defense because they have had so many injuries in the past two seasons. Here are five NFL Draft prospects for Cowboy fans to remember as the 2014 NFL Draft nears.
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This will surprise a ton of people, but the Cowboys need to add another receiver in this draft. Dez Bryant is an absolute stud and Terrance Williams a promising player too, but Dallas doesn't have much behind that. Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley are good rotational receivers, but they are just that. Adding an intriguing 6-foot-5 receiver like Evans would be monumental for Tony Romo and this offense.
The Cowboys had a solid offensive line in 2013, but there are still some reasons to draft a tackle early. Doug Free was awful in the last month of the season. That said, the Cowboys should look to add an offensive linemen early. Zack Martin is a player that comes to mind because he could play offensive tackle and offensive guard. By drafting Martin, the Cowboys would move Free inside to play guard.
I'm not a big fan of selecting a free safety in the early rounds of the draft. But there isn't a better safety in this draft class than Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Louisville's Calvin Pryor is also a good option, but Clinton-Dix specializes in coverage. The combination of J.J. Wilcox and Jeff Heath was pretty subpar in 2013. While Wilcox does deserve a second chance, Clinton-Dix would be an upgrade.
Rod Marinelli liked Barr so much that he brought in Marinelli for a visit. There have been questions regarding whether Barr can play defensive end in Dallas' 4-3 Tampa Two scheme. Marinelli cleared that up after he said Barr would play defensive end if he were drafted by Dallas. Barr has long arms and the speed to get past offensive tackles. If you get Barr in space, it will be hard for offensive linemen to stop him.
Ever since the Senior Bowl, Aaron Donald has been mocked to the Cowboys the most by experts across the web. Although Dallas signed defensive tackle Henry Melton in free agency, the Cowboys still have plenty of interest in Donald. The combination of Melton and Donald would create matchup problems for offensive linemen in the trenches. Donald has drawn many comparisons to Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals.
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