Now comes the next part of the Dallas Cowboys’ offseason plans: the NFL Draft.
On Tuesday, Cowboys officials are scheduled to meet with reporters to discuss various team matters. There is one thing to understand before and after Tuesday’s press conference: this list, as it is currently constructed, is no better than last season’s.
You don’t lose Amari Cooper, Randy Gregory and go into the NFL Draft with a vacancy at left guard and think you’re a better football team.
This team made a tough decision by trading Cooper to the Browns. It was because of finances, not because his skills were declining. The other reason is that the Cowboys just couldn’t find a way to get the ball for Cooper. Have you ever heard of Cooper complaining about not having the ball before his plea midway through the 2021 season? It’s not about CeeDee Lamb’s development because we all know he’s getting better, despite that man not having a touchdown reception in the last seven weeks of the 2021 season.
Cooper no longer matched the offensive plans, or rather, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore didn’t know what to do with him. If he did, you find a way to keep Cooper. You just don’t get rid of productive players at their peak. So now the Cowboys expect to find another talented player.
The body of wide receivers on this current roster is weak. Lamb is great, but Michael Gallup is coming off a torn ACL and isn’t expected to contribute until at least October. James Washington signed a one-year contract in free agency after an uneven season where he averaged 11.9 yards per reception for the Steelers.
Even tight end Dalton Schultz doesn’t believe the Cowboys are better offensively.
“Obviously we’re a better offense with him,” Schultz said of Cooper. “Unfortunately we don’t have it, so the next step is just to get the guys to step in.”
When the Cowboys let left guard Connor Williams go in free agency this spring, it was the signal to find improvements. Not only at left guard, but maybe also at left tackle and in the middle. Left tackle Tyron Smith is fantastic but there are concerns about his health. You could get away with it again with Tyler Biadasz at center, however, if you find a better center on Day 2, why not?
The defense needs a pass rusher and a cornerback. Gregory reneged on his oral commitment to the Cowboys to sign with the Denver Broncos.
Without Gregory, there is a gaping hole at the defensive end. You can’t expect the talented Micah Parsons to move full time to finish. It’s not going to happen.
He is a man without position. A man who can cause problems from anywhere on the pitch. So the Cowboys want to keep him out of position.
For convenience, Parsons is an inside linebacker. That leaves the Cowboys with Dorance Armstrong coming off a five-sack season.
Stephen Jones, the executive vice president, compared Armstrong’s numbers to Gregory’s (six sacks) during a radio interview last week.
“We hated losing Randy Gregory,” Jones said. “I went down to the wire with him. But, at the same time, when you look at the production and look at what Dorance Armstrong did, he’s right there from a production standpoint with Randy.
Armstrong is not Gregory. But let’s not act like Gregory is Charles Haley either.
The Cowboys need a defensive end and yes, they signed Dante Fowler to a one-year deal. If the Cowboys move up from No. 24 and get a talented end like Travon Walker from Georgia or maybe wait and get Logan Hall from Houston on Day 2, that will bring more talent to the position.
Dallas also needs a cornerback. Kelvin Joseph remains on this team despite his involvement in a drive-by shooting. While Dallas police have arrested two men connected to the crime, Joseph could potentially be charged under Texas party law, which means anyone in the SUV at the time of the shooting can face the same charges. than armed men.
Once again, the Cowboys are looking for improvements at the corner due to Joseph’s uncertain status.
So, as Tuesday approaches, the Cowboys can say what they want about their roster. It’s just not as good as where we left it at the end of this 2021 season.
And maybe Mike McCarthy knows that too. There’s a reason he flew all over the place on those pro days. He is looking for talent.
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