Top 5 Cowboys Draft Needs - #4

With the 2005 NFL Draft just a few weeks away, the Dallas Cowboys have several key needs that must be addressed. <BR>

4. Top 5 Cowboys Draft Needs: Free Safety
One of the more intriguing topics involving the Dallas Cowboys this offseason has been the reported switch to the 3-4 defense.

At first, there was little doubt that the proposed change was going to take place.

However, now, with a trade for New Orleans Saints defensive end Darren Howard in the works, it looks as though that change is nowhere close to being etched in stone.

The fact of the matter is, the base formation for the Cowboys' defense next year all depends on the players they acquire between now and the start of training camp. And in the grand scheme of things, it would not be unreasonable to expect to see a little bit of both.

Still, many of the holes that need to be filled before the start of next season remain unchanged.

One of those needs is at safety, where the Cowboys will now look towards the 2005 NFL Draft to fill their needs.

Dallas has passed on virtually every free agent safety available this offseason, deciding to focus on the offensive and defensive lines, and cornerback, before anything else.

And with just five weeks left until the NFL Draft, it's becoming more and more likely that the Cowboys will address their need at safety on draft day.

The need is obvious.

With Darren Woodson's retiring at the end of last season, and Roy Williams playing out of position last season, the Cowboys must find a safety that moves well in open space and compliments their current set of defensive backs.

In doing so, players like Terence Newman and Roy Williams can do more of what they are used to doing- making plays.

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