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Mailbag: Draft Hypothetical; Keys To Next Step


If the draft was only one round, what position group do you think the Cowboys should focus on? Or would it still be a "best player available for a need" scenario? - JEFF GALLO

Bryan: I understand the direction of need, but I also understand that if you tend to draft the best player on your board your right more than you're wrong. If you only have one pick I might lean toward a defensive lineman, namely tackle.

Rob: I'm going to assume they eventually get a long-term deal done with their top offseason priority, DeMarcus Lawrence. In that case, it's adding a big powerful defensive tackle to the rotation. David Irving will be a free agent, and they could have used another pocket-pusher to help Maliek Collins, Antwaun Woods and Tyrone Crawford. Tight end is right up there with Geoff Swaim scheduled for free agency.


What three areas can you identify for Dallas to finally move into "real contender" status for next year? - ED TOERNER

Bryan: They have to be better in the red zone offensively, need to create more turnovers defensively and somehow some way find a way to be better in the return game creating some field position when opponents punt them the ball.

Rob: One, they've got to find a way to score points more consistently. Some of that is scheme, some of that is execution, particularly in the red zone. They're making a change at offensive coordinator to hopefully further maximize Dak Prescott's abilities. Two, they've got to find more consistency up front, particularly in pass protection. Marc Colombo did an outstanding job restoring the O-Line's mentality in the second half of the season, and Travis Frederick's return would be a big boost. Three, they've got to force more turnovers. It's the one thing the defense wasn't above-average at this season.

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