Top 5 Cowboys Draft Strategies

Today, we take a look at the Dallas Cowboys top five draft strategies for next weekend! <BR>

#1) Trade Away
With two first round picks in this year's draft, and a lack of true star power within the top 10 selections, the Cowboys are in a great position to trade down and acquire more picks. Jerry Jones has been a master of acquiring more picks on draft day, and with two selections in the first round (No. 11 and No. 20), he may have the a great opportunity to do it again. In addition, when you consider that the Cowboys do not have a third round pick this year, trading down seems almost certain.

#2) Get Defensive
The Cowboys' biggest goal headed into the 2005 NFL Draft should be to find a pass rushing specialist on the defensive line and also at linebacker. Many prospects fit this mold, including OLB/DE Shawne Merriman and OLB/DE Demarcus Ware. Dallas will also be looking to fill holes at safety, where Nebraska's Josh Bullocks and Oklahoma's Brodney Pool may be bargains in the second round. With the Cowboys first four picks, don't be surprised to see at least three of those picks used on the defensive side of the ball.

#3) Stretch the Field
Dallas did good to find a veteran quarterback in Drew Bledsoe this offseason, now they must give him another weapon that can help stretch the field. With the Cowboys looking to get defensive with their first overall selection, it's not unreasonable to expect their second first-round pick to focus on offense. Wide receivers Troy Williamson (South Carolina), Mark Clayton (Oklahoma), and Roddy White (UAB) are the likely targets here. Dallas may be able to trade down here as well.

#4) Focus on the End
The Cowboys were awarded two compensatory picks earlier this month, now its time to make use of those selections. Recently, the organization has not demonstrated a strong history of selecting late-round gems. This year, with multiple late-round picks, and a draft that is deep and not top-heavy, it is extremely important for the Cowboys to find players, later on in the draft, that actually have a chance to make the team. Word is around Valley Ranch that the Cowboys have already identified one late round running back.

#5) Blocking for Bledsoe
Last, but not least, the Cowboys must find an offensive lineman to help provide depth up front for newly acquired Drew Bledsoe. Tackle is one immediate need, even though Jerry Jones has admitted that he feels comfortable with Torrin Tucker and Kurt Vollers competing for the starting spot entering training camp. Again, this draft does is not top heavy, especially on the offensive line, but there are several middle-round prospects that could be bargain pick-ups for the Cowboys.

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