The end of the season always brings a harsh reality that the offseason is now among us.
While some of the players and coaches and the front-office personnel might still be heartbroken how things ended so abruptly Sunday in Green Bay, the focus now immediately shifts to the offseason.
Obviously contracts with both players and coaches will be on the forefront. Free agency will be here in March, but still, it always seems to be a huge focus on the draft.
This year, the Cowboys will have the 27th overall pick, because of their 12-4 record and being eliminated in this round of the playoffs.
If all goes well, the Cowboys can only hope things turn out just as well as the last time they began a draft with the 27th pick. While they didn't stay there, they used it to move up three spots in 2010 to draft Dez Bryant with the 24th pick. Five years later, Bryant is clearly one of the best receivers in the game and flashes signs of pure dominance.
Now over the years, drafting at No. 27 hasn't exactly turned out so well.
In 1979, they pick center Robert Shaw with the 27th pick and three years earlier, drafted defensive back Aaron Kyle with that spot.
Shaw played just three years before an injury ended his career. Kyle was a solid defender and had a seven-year, including the first four seasons in Dallas.