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Posted By David Willow On Apr 13 2011 @ 1:42 pm In Dallas Cowboys | 1 Comment
With the NFL draft just around the corner one of the big questions faced by each team is obviously who to draft, but more importantly who do they need to replace.
The Cowboys are now faced with deciding just that. So who are the players that the Boys can do with or at least begin the process of replacing?
QB – Tony Romo is only 30 and has been a pretty steady play despite constant attacks for his lack of leadership. The team would also be hard pressed to find an immediate suitor after Stephen McGee showed some promise at the end of the season.
RB – I asked for the team to feature Felix Jones more last season along with Tashard Choice. We got to see what each player had to offer and each proved to be less that an every down back. Marion Barber will likely be gone this off-season and that would leave the team with Jones and Choice. Drafting a young back in the 3rd round would be a good idea. Even keeping Jones and Choice the Cowboys need to start looking at replacing them.
WR – Dallas is in a good position at the wide out spot. However, in drops off after Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. Roy Williams showed flashes last year, but that has been Roy Williams throughout his career. He will give you flashes of great play and then tank. Sam Hurd has shown some reliability and Kevin Ogletree has also, but neither are developing into lucrative choices at the WR3 spot. All but Austin and Bryant are replaceable and the team should look in the mid to late rounds for a project player as the need isn’t overly necessary.
TE – Year in and year out all Jason Witten does is produce. In a league where few teams can boast that at the position the Cowboys can. Martellus Bennett is a capable backup, though he doesn’t seem to be much more than that. Had Jason Phillips not been injured all season he was showing signs of being a highly capable back up that would clearly boost the team in two tight end sets. No real need to replace anyone here.
OL – The O-line is a well documented area of need. Leonard Davis, Marc Colombo, and Kyle Kosier are each getting up there in age and could be replaced in this upcoming draft. Doug Free and Andre Gurode are the only two that are not replaceable right now.
CB – With Terrence Newman climbing up there in age he is a prime candidate to be replace, not immediately though. Newman can still play and can still mentor players like Orlando Scandrick and Mike Jenkins. However, the 2 aforementioned players could benefit from a shutdown player opposite of them. Newman is replaceable with Scandrick and Jenkins teetering on replaceable without improvement this season.
SS/FS – The safety position has long been talked about as a position of need for the Cowboys. Gerald Sensabaugh played hard last year and Allen Ball showed his inability to flourish in that position. However, they are both very replaceable as this is one of the more pressing needs that Dallas should address this offseason.
LB – DeMarcus Ware will never be replaceable. That is unless he retires. Keith Brooking is probably in his last season and Sean Lee is looking like a capable replacement after a last season surge. That leaves Anthony Spencer and Bradie James. Spencer showed flashes of why he was drafted 2 seasons back, but struggled last season. He should easily get a pass for at least one more season to see if he can recapture that production. James is a solid player and has been for awhile, but drafting a late round project to back him up would be a good idea as he not just yet replaceable.
NT – Jay Ratliff had a off season compare to the last two. He is, however, a force in the middle, especially for an undersized nose tackle. Not replaceable.
DE – Since the loss of Chris Canty the position has been lacking in production, Marcus Spears never panned out Stephen Bowen didn’t do much in his place. Igor Olshansky played well, but did nothing to stand out. Addressing this spot in the second to third round would probably be a good idea as each is replaceable.
K – Buehler? Buehler? I think we were all looking for him last season. Hoping that this low price, albeit, strong legged kicker would be the answer. He isn’t unfortunately. Replaceable. Very Replaceable.
The draft is only a few weeks away, and hopefully Dallas will address their biggest needs as well as the lesser ones and despite the lockout it should be an interesting draft.
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