TIME FOR YOUTH MOVEMENT: Dallas Cowboys may already have players to fill some of the 2013 NFL Draft needs

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With the 2013 NFL Draft merely weeks away, the Dallas Cowboys are in the final stages of preparing their draft board. The Dallas (and national) media and true blue Cowboy fans have their sights set on the perceived ‘needs’ of the 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys roster. The consensus seems to be … draft for the trenches, find a strong safety, and add running back depth.

The most glaring need for the past few years has been on reinforcing the offensive line. That need is magnified by the recent 6-year extension and clear long-term commitment to Dallas quarterback Tony Romo. Jerry Jones did attempt to improve the offensive line during 2012 offseason. Largely, those moves didn’t pan out, due primarily to injuries. This year most people agree that the youth movement via the draft is the best solution.

Next, with the dismissal of Rob Ryan and the addition of defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, a few new needs surfaced. Kiffin believes that the current roster has good bones for the scheme change. He does have a few wish list requests … a 4-3 system safety and beefy pass rushing defensive lineman.

Offensively, the 2012 Dallas Cowboys kept up with the upper crust of the NFL in the passing game. The weakness was the run threat. While DeMarco Murray was outstanding when healthy, the concern is keeping the rhythm and balance when he’s not. With this in mind, the team has an open eye towards a compatible running back in this years draft. There are several young running backs currently on the roster that might fill this void. The question is … can they? Veteran Felix Jones isn’t really an option going into the 2013 season. Not because of his mental desire, or his leadership qualities … he’s simply deteriorated physically due to his knees.

The bread and butter of Jason Garrett’s offense has had to come from the passing game. The outside receivers (when healthy) remain two very formidable threats. This issue has been the slant receiver and the inside routes that many defenses leave open.  With a total of nine receivers on the payroll, including last years fourth round pick, the Cowboys have several potential candidates. The hopes of finding that elusive 3rd receiver could very well be on the staff.

The Dallas Cowboys have 25 players that are entering their 2nd or 3rd season. All of these guys are 23-25 years old. That’s significant. Take a look at the players below, and ask yourself. Who’s going to be the next Sean Lee? Who will step up in 2013 and fill a need that currently exists? As we enter the 2013 NFL Draft,  consider this … Dallas may already have players on the roster to fill some of the perceived needs. These young players are on the team because they show promise. This years NFL Draft will only enhance their potential.

OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

16

Benford, Tim

WR

5-11

200

23

Tennessee Tech

81

Coale, Danny

WR

6-0

190

24

Virginia Tech

85

Green, Jared

WR

6-1

185

24

Southern University

11

Beasley, Cole

WR

5-8

177

23

Southern Methodist

87

Smith, Andre

TE

6-5

267

24

Virginia Tech

84

Hanna, James

TE

6-4

249

23

Oklahoma

66

Dominguez, Ray

G

6-4

329

24

Arkansas

65

Leary, Ronald

G

6-3

318

23

Memphis

62

Arkin, David

G

6-5

306

25

MissouriState

76

Simmons, Aderious

T

6-7

310

26

ArizonaState

75

Weems, Darrion

T

6-5

320

24

Oregon

25

Dunbar, Lance

RB

5-8

191

23

North Texas

DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

31

Pellerin, Micah

S

6-0

195

24

Hampton

37

Johnson, Matt

S

6-1

215

23

Eastern Washington

58

Lemon, Orie

LB

6-1

242

25

OklahomaState

56

McSurdy, Caleb

LB

6-1

248

23

Montana

51

Wilber, Kyle

LB

6-4

246

23

WakeForest

64

Igbinosun, Ikponmwosa

DT

6-4

288

22

Southern Connecticut State

61

Taylor, Monte

DT

6-5

266

24

Cincinnati

79

Bass, Ben

DT

6-5

283

23

Texas A&M

72

Callaway, Rob

DT

6-5

324

25

Saginaw Valley State

98

Crawford, Tyrone

DT

6-4

285

23

BoiseState

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Robert D Knight – Editor | The Boys Are Back blog

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