Offseason Needs

An in-depth look at every single need for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.

1. Nose Guard/Defensive end: The Cowboys want to switch to the 3-4 from the 4-3, however that move is dependent on them getting players to fit the positions. They have no one on the roster that fits the ideal size for nose guard or defensive end. Though they could make one of several players fit at defensive end, but a nose guard with size is the a priority.

2. Cornerback: The biggest weakness on the team last season was at right cornerback. In particular, the Cowboys never found a replacement for Mario Edwards, who left last offseason for Tampa Bay. Four different players started there and none are considered legitimate contenders for the position next season. Count on this being addressed in the draft and/or free agency, however don't expect a defensive back to be drafted in the first round.

3. Linebacker: The switch to the 3-4 means that they need linebackers to play the outside rush positions. The Cowboys don't have those types on the roster either, which could mean trouble for several familiar faces.

4. Offensive tackle: Right tackle is big priority this year, as it has been the Achilles heel of the offensive line the past two seasons. They need a long-term answer at the position.

5. Wide Receiver: The Cowboys like what they got from Keyshawn Johnson and Terry Glenn but they need a young receiver to stretch the field. They will look for a burner in the draft. An early name to watch is South Carolina's Troy Williamson, who may be the fastest player available in the draft.



DT Leo Carson; DT DeVone Claybrooks: S Tony Dixon; RB Eddie George; S Lynn Scott; QB Vinny Testaverde.

RB Darian Barnes; PK Billy Cundiff; CB Pete Hunter: OT Kurt Vollers; OL Tyson Walter.

RB Erik Bickerstaff; CB Lance Frazier; P Mat McBriar; OG Ben Noll; LB Keith O'Neil; QB Tony Romo; TE Sean Ryan.

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