Cowboys 2013 offensive draft needs
The Dallas Cowboys offense was very inconsistent in 2012, but the 2013 NFL draft could create a lot of opportunities to make it better. That’s why we’re going to look at the Cowboys 2013 offensive draft needs; to examine where the Cowboys can get better in 2013.
The 1st round draft pick of the Cowboys will be likely a defensive tackle, but Menelik Watson in the 2nd round; who is a natural position for right tackle can be the catalyst to remove him. Brennan Williams who dropped due to a torn labrum is a ferocious run blocker that can add some attitude to the Cowboys line; he’ll be available in the late 2nd to 3rd round.
Kyle Long and Chris Faulk grade favorably to go in the 2nd to 4th round, but after them is a big drop off. The next position of need is at guard, and it’s mainly due to the Nate Livings who allowed too many sacks in 2012.
The biggest steal of the draft as far as offensive linemen go is Larry Warford of Kentucky. Warford dominated Sheldon Richardson and Sharrif Floyd who are considered top 5 defensive tackles in this draft.
Warford isn’t getting a lot of buzz, but he is a dominant guard in this year’s draft that could fill a huge need for the Cowboys. After linemen for the Cowboys that need to fill some spots is skill position depth.
The Cowboys have wide receivers and tight ends, but you can never get enough talent for competition. Robert Woods who is getting a lot of comparisons to Reggie Wayne could take Miles Austin’s spot if Austin is released.
Woods is an excellent route runner with deceptive speed, but is quick enough to beat corners in small quarters. Stedman Bailey was a very productive wide receiver at West Virginia; that can fill in the slot.
Markus Wheaton, Ace Sanders, Ryan Swope and Marcus Davis all strike favorably in the 2nd to 5th round that can be great additions to the receiving core. However the real value can be found in the tight ends.
Jason Witten is the cornerstone, but finding a compliment can be another way to expand the passing game. Jordan Reed is an Aaron Hernandez clone; Dion Sims is more your classic tight end; Gavin Escobar has great size; Travis Kelce was very productive at Cincinnati with comparisons to Rob Gronkowski, and Ryan Otten is another great developmental prospect.
The last position that can use some depth is running back. DeMarco Murray has had a series of injury issues that forces the Cowboys to find a back who can pick up the slack if need be.
Le’veon Bell, Montee Ball, Andre Ellington, Christine Michael and even Marcus Lattimore could be pickups in the 3rd or lower to add some depth. Lattimore is a player that the Cowboys may have to place on I.R. for 2013, but his upside is very high.
By all accounts the Cowboys will go defense in the 1st round, but there are a lot of offensive players the Cowboys shouldn’t ignore after the 1st round. The Cowboys can fill a lot of needs in this draft; that will be sure to excite.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.