Needing A Draft


look he still has a ways to go to prove he's reliable as a guy. Then who's next? Kevin Ogletree? Jesse Holley? Manny Johnson? Heck, those guys combined for four catches last year and 11 for their careers. Seriously? And who knows if the Cowboys can/want to re-sign potential free agent Sam Hurd.

Cornerback/safety: Ideally, it would be a guy capable of playing one and transitioning to the other or, in other words, a big cornerback with potential to move to safety if needed. And since there does not seem to be a safety worthy of the first- or second-round pick, taking a pure safety later would likely be no different than hanging with the development of Alan Ball, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Barry Church, Danny McCray and Andrew Sendejo, who is worth doing a search on for some game tape. Plus, re-signing Gerald Sensabaugh still is a possibility if his idea of a multi-year contract becomes more realistic.

Interior offensive lineman: Again at this time - 13 days, 2 hours, 39 minutes, 10 seconds - since we can deal in ideals, ideally a guard capable of also playing center. No brainer. In fact, you know that tackle they might take with the very first pick? Wouldn't mind either if he interned a year at guard before moving into the starting lineup outside if that's how you needed to get him on the field immediately, sort of the route Flozell Adams and Solomon Page took, and where Kevin Gogan landed when he was beat out at tackle, which was the same route Nate Newton took to becoming a Pro Bowl guard. But something inside, OK?

Running back/fullback: Someone to at least challenge for one of the top three running back spots or a guy to push Chris Gronkowski for the fullback spot, especially as a lead blocker. But this guy must have special teams capability, and that means either on returns or running down on coverage units. As it stands, only Tashard Choice helps out on special teams, and that's really only blocking on kickoff return.

Outside linebacker/pass rusher: Like corners, can't have enough of these guys. And as it stands, the Cowboys have only two proven commodities: DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. I mean, what happens if either gets hurt? You trusting Victor Butler or Brandon Williams for 50 plays a game, and that means not just as the pass-rushers they've been, but against the run, too? There are some mid-round guys who fit that bill.

All right, that's eight, but let me mention a bonus need: Return dude. Maybe he's the running back or the wide receiver or the corner/safety, but somebody with catalytic talent to help out Dez so he's not an every-kick returner. Someone all those other Joe DeCamillises out there have to game-plan for and lose sleep over as it seems he must and does with his coverage units every week. Just give me something.

Now, I'm not suggesting the Cowboys blindfold themselves to play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey during this draft. But you can almost make an argument this is a gumbo draft, needing a little bit of this and a little bit of that, with the likely exception of quarterback and tight end, and maybe running back unless the guy can dart around like some caddis fly teasing those river trout.

Who knows, the supply doesn't always meet the demand on these three NFL days, which is why you have to be quick on your feet for seven rounds. You never, ever get every guy you want.

But if you try sometime, and real hard, you just might find, you get what you need.

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