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Mailbag: Concern About David Irving? Focusing Too Much On Draft Needs?

JAIME ROBLES

HONOLULU, HI

With surfacing reports of assault allegations against David Irving, how does this impact the Cowboys' approach with the draft looming a few days ahead?

Bryan: This front office was looking at defensive tackles regardless of what was going on with David Irving. He’s on a one-year deal so there is no security at all with his situation. If they can add a tackle at either spot, it should have a positive impact on the squad going forward. 

David: What a bizarre story. It seems like it resolved itself, as far as I’m aware, but perhaps we just got a glimpse at why the Cowboys don’t seem like they’re in a rush to sign Irving long-term. I doubt this is going to change their approach, but defensive tackle was already a need.


JEFF FREDERICKSON

BENNINGTON, VT

Since Will McClay has gotten here haven't the Cowboys gotten away from "drafting for need”? All I see if everyone saying we need a linebacker and wide receiver in the first two rounds.

Bryan: I am from the school of best player early, which generally keeps you from making mistakes then going for need later. I disagree, I believe McClay has worked on a similar approach and his drafts have been better because of it. 

David: You shouldn’t ever draft specifically for need. That’s how you wind up with lesser players. But everyone should acknowledge that need always plays a role in this process. If the front office feels similarly about two different players, but one of them fits a need – that’s the route they’re probably going to take. The Cowboys did it just last year, when they acknowledged that they weren’t going to draft Dalvin Cook, despite having a high grade on him.

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