A common debate leading up to the NFL Draft is whether or not a team should draft best overall player available, or force a draft pick based on the team’s biggest need at the moment.
Does need outweigh luxury? Just because you’re not satisfied with the miles per gallon on your vehicle, are you going to go out and get a new car solely for its gas-saving capabilities? That new car may be smaller, less powerful, uncomfortable, etc.
It’s no secret that both the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys have a need to improve their pass rush. Even though both of these teams have prime real estate atop the draft order at the moment, it doesn’t necessarily solidify that either team will choose to go that route. Nor should either team feel forced to do so. In fact, it’s very likely that neither of these teams address pass rush with their first pick.
“At the end of the day, you get a chance when you’re picking this high to get a player who makes a difference for a long period of time. To compromise that, to go down the line to pick a guy just because you need a certain position, would probably not be the right decision,” Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said Monday. “If you happen to believe there is a great player, and I don’t know if that will be the case, but if there is one, then I think you have to take that over need.''
CHQ is reporting that Dallas might just think there are two "great players'' at 4. (See our "7 Habitual Hints To Dallas On Zeke and Jalen'' here in Cowboys Premium -- and click here to get four months of the best Cowboys coverage in the world right now for just $5!)
How necessary is a dominant pass rush? We witness a team with a stellar defense every few year’s carry their team to a title, but that doesn’t mean it’s a must in order to win it all. The New York Giants won the Super Bowl in 2011 with the 27th ranked total defense. In 2009, the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl with the 25th total ranked defense.
In the 2014 regular season, where the Cowboys finished with an impressive 12-4 record, the defense finished 28th in sack total with just 28 sacks throughout the season. The only teams to record fewer than 28 sacks in 2014 were the Falcons, Bengals, Raiders, and Chargers.
For the Cowboys, the best defense may in fact be a good offense, as they heavily consider selecting an offensive playmaker in running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft. But ...
Or, as Fish tweeted on Monday ...
Yet, we'll go beyond that.
While it’s popular these days to do a first-round mock draft, it doesn’t really give you a complete picture of how Dallas’ draft will look. Dan and Bobby use this episode to project who they think Dallas will take with their (nine, sorry for typo!) picks, and who they should take with their picks.
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