5 Takeaways From Dallas Cowboys' 2016 NFL Draft

By Geoffrey Knox

“America’s Team” walked into the 2016 NFL Draft with some some holes to fill, and a little over a month later, there’s still some concern as to what the Dallas Cowboys must have been thinking. Some have argued this draft puts Dallas back in the driver’s seat in the race for the NFC East. Others believe the Cowboys strengthened themselves in areas where they were already set but may have forgotten to address glaring needs as the draft took place. Here are five takeaways after analyzing some of the team’s newest additions.

 

5 Takeaways From Dallas Cowboys\' 2016 NFL Draft
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5. The Pass Rush Is Still A Work In Progress

The Pass Rush Is Still A Work In Progress Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
This team needs more pass rush desperately. Their two best pass rushers will serve four-game suspensions, and the Cowboys responded by taking Jaylon Smith (who had high grades but will probably need a year to get healthy) and Charles Tapper.

5. The Pass Rush Is Still A Work In Progress

This team needs more pass rush desperately. Their two best pass rushers will serve four-game suspensions, and the Cowboys responded by taking Jaylon Smith (who had high grades but will probably need a year to get healthy) and Charles Tapper.

4. No One Will Fear The Secondary

No One Will Fear The Secondary Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
If you weren't a Cowboys fan and I told you to name three members of the secondary without using Morris Claiborne or a search engine, could you do it? With the No. 4 overall pick and with Jalen Ramsey still on the board, they took Ezekiel Elliott.

4. No One Will Fear The Secondary

If you weren't a Cowboys fan and I told you to name three members of the secondary without using Morris Claiborne or a search engine, could you do it? With the No. 4 overall pick and with Jalen Ramsey still on the board, they took Ezekiel Elliott.

3. Dez Bryant Will Continue To Be A Disruption

Dez Bryant Will Continue To Be A Disruption Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
What's amazing is you can't even get through the draft without a Dez Bryant disruption. First he tweets he wants Ramsey. Then after Elliott is taken he tweets "we'll see what happens". That's not really how a team leader should welcome a teammate.

3. Dez Bryant Will Continue To Be A Disruption

What's amazing is you can't even get through the draft without a Dez Bryant disruption. First he tweets he wants Ramsey. Then after Elliott is taken he tweets "we'll see what happens". That's not really how a team leader should welcome a teammate.

2. There Still Isn't A Viable Backup For Tony Romo

There Still Isn't A Viable Backup For Tony Romo Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Dak Prescott did a lot for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, but history has shown us that his is a skill set that doesn't normally translate well to the NFL. Cowboys fans should see Romo's importance now, but if he goes down, there are issues.

2. There Still Isn't A Viable Backup For Tony Romo

Dak Prescott did a lot for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, but history has shown us that his is a skill set that doesn't normally translate well to the NFL. Cowboys fans should see Romo's importance now, but if he goes down, there are issues.

1. This Team Is Going To Score A Ton Of Points And Get Scored On Just As Often

This Team Is Going To Score A Ton Of Points And Get Scored On Just As Often Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Well, the Cowboys added Alfred Morris to an offense that was already winning time of possession. Then they took a workhorse with breakaway potential. This team will put up a ton of points; they just can't get after the quarterback or cover anybody.

1. This Team Is Going To Score A Ton Of Points And Get Scored On Just As Often

Well, the Cowboys added Alfred Morris to an offense that was already winning time of possession. Then they took a workhorse with breakaway potential. This team will put up a ton of points; they just can't get after the quarterback or cover anybody.

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