Post-Draft Review: Dallas Cowboys

Dallas addressed a few need during the NFL Draft, but a few more remain. It was surprising that the needs at both safety spots weren't addressed.

Pre-Draft Needs: OLT, FS, SS, WR

Players Added

Round 1-Dez Bryant/WR - Dallas got a tremendous value with their first-round selection based on Bryant's obvious talent. He'll eventually start opposite WR Miles Austin. Where veteran WR Roy Williams fits in at this point remains to be seen.

Round 2-Sean Lee/LB - Drafting an inside backer wasn't really a need, but the team needs to start to consider who will eventually replace veteran Keith Brooking. Lee is an outstanding tackler, who can make a impact if given the chance to play extended minutes.

Round 4-Akwasi Owusu-Ansah/CB - The speedy defensive back will fit in well in Dallas' defensive scheme. Dallas uses a mixture of man and zone principles in their coverage, sources said. If he can prove that he's over his shoulder surgery, Owusu-Ansah should challenge for a dime role this season.

Round 6-Sam Young/OT - While they addressed depth at left tackle with Young's selection, he's not seen by personnel evaluators as someone who could challenge for a starting job down the line.

Round 6-Jamar Wall CB - The physical cornerback lacks the ideal speed to push for a starting job. Wall figures to see most of his playing time on special teams this season if he makes the final roster coming out of the preseason.

Round 7-Sean Lissemore/DT - He probably will be asked to put on more weight if he wants to play inside of Dallas' 3-4 scheme.

Post-Draft Needs

Left Tackle - Doug Free appears to be the starter, but some personnel evaluators feel he would be better off playing on the right side. At the very least, Dallas needs to add true competition on the left side to challenge Free.

Free Safety - Alan Ball and Mike Hamlin will compete for the job that opened up once veteran FS Ken Hamlin was released. It remains to be seen if either player is ready to start, but Ball did start three games last season.

Strong Safety - Starter Gerald Sensabaugh was a but inconsistent last season, so it was a little surprising that they didn't add someone in the draft to challenge him.

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