By Yusuf Nakhooda
After a long off-season for the Dallas Cowboys, Draft day is only a few days away. Here are some draft needs the Cowboys could go after losing a whole chunk of their secondary in free agency.
Biggest Need: Corner Back
Other Needs: Safety, Linebacker
Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr both departed in free agency, while Josh Thomas remains a free agent. Simply put, the Cowboys need multiple upgrades at cornerback with Nolan Carroll and Anthony Brown projected to start.
Byron Jones flashed star potential at free safety, but Jeff Heath and Kevon Frazier are both ill-suited to start at strong safety. The Cowboys’ secondary will look completely different from it did last season.
Sean Lee earned first-team All-Pro honors, but with the 30-year-old prone to injury, the Cowboys need a contingency plan in the event he gets hurt again. Jaylon Smith is still recovering from a gruesome ACL/LCL tear incurred in January 2016 and there is little depth after Lee.
The Cowboys are in luck this year, with plenty of cornerback and safety talent across the board. It’s possible that Washington’s Kevin King, LSU’s Tre’Davious White, and Colorado’s Chidobe Awuzie will still be on the board at No. 28, all of whom are ready to start.
Or they might go the Defensive End route. T.J. Watt, younger brother of J.J. is a player. His 11.5 sacks from a year ago is an amazing feat considering he converted from tight end.