News: ESPN Insider: Cowboys Offseason Suggestions

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    They have a whole blueprint for all the teams, but I figure all we're concerned about is FA/Draft.

    Free agency
    Where the Cowboys could focus their attention in free agency.

    DT Jason Hatcher (re-sign): Hatcher led the Cowboys with 19 defensive disruptions (a measure of how often a defender tallies sacks, passes defensed, interceptions and batted balls) and a 1.9 percent defensive disruption percentage. Dallas finished 30th in the league in defensive disruption percentage (13.2 percent) and therefore needs to find a way to clear enough cap space to keep Hatcher.

    SS Darian Stewart: The Cowboys were a coverage sieve against tight ends last year, as their 8.2 YPA total (ranked 28th) led to 91 tight end targets (third most in the league). When Stewart filled in as the Rams' starting strong safety from Weeks 5-10, St. Louis allowed only 19 receptions for 189 yards and zero touchdowns against tight ends. He could serve as an immediate upgrade and provide much needed safety depth.

    DE Corey Wootton: Wootton's 1.5 percent disrupted dropback percentage ranked second among Chicago defensive linemen and his eight tackles for loss placed third on the club. Dallas needs as much help as it can get on its defensive front wall and Wootton could prove to be a relative bargain given the depth of quality defensive linemen in free agency.

    LB Joe Mays: Mays has all-around skills, as he finished fourth on the Texans in tackles (67), had six tackles for loss (tied for third on the team) and added three passes defensed and a sack. He could add some quality depth at the right price for a Dallas club that needs as many players of that nature as it can find.

    WR Robert Meachem: With Austin likely to be a post-June 1 cost-savings cut, Dallas would do well to find a relatively low-priced veteran wide receiver who can stretch the field. Meachem fits that bill perfectly, as his 10.8 yards per attempt (YPA) mark ranked second on the Saints last season.

    -KC Joyner

    The draft
    A look at picks and possibilities in the 2014 NFL draft.
    At least the Cowboys already have some good karma going into the draft, having won the coin toss to draft ahead of the Ravens at No. 16 overall (they have eight total picks, including three seventh-rounders). They have needs along the defensive line at safety and at linebacker, so I'd expect defense to be the focus.

    S Calvin Pryor, Louisville: The safety comes into the draft with a pile of good tape and a high likelihood to be able to play right away. A big hitter, he can bring versatility and some pop to the defense.

    DE Kony Ealy, Missouri: A long, athletic 4-3 defensive end at the college level, Ealy could be a fit because he's athletic enough to move around and has enough strength to create some push inside. Maybe a little early, but I like the fit.

    DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota: Could be a little high for Hageman, who is still more of a prospect from a physical standpoint than he is from a technique and production one, but Dallas could use some high-ceiling talent up the middle. Aaron Donald is another intriguing fit coming off a good combine.


    S Terrence Brooks, Florida State: If a safety in Round 1 isn't a value match on the Dallas board, the versatile Brooks could help. His ability to play off the line or cover in the slot offers "play right away" potential.

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  2. Irvin88_4life

    Irvin88_4life Well-Known Member

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    We need a FS not a SS, Church, Wilcox are SS
  3. Chuck 54

    Chuck 54 Well-Known Member

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    Pryor and Brooks are both viewed as deep safeties. Just because a guy is a big hitter doesn't mean he's in the box. Brooks is strictly a deep safety.

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