Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Drafting a defensive lineman in the Cowboys plans?
By Calvin Watkins
One thing that was noticed during the national scouting combine is the defensive line talent is a strong group.
Take these names: Marcell Dareus, Nick Fairley, Corey Liuget and Marvin Austin. These players can play inside or move to an end spot and become excellent pass rushers and run stoppers.
Jerry Jones didn't rule out a lot of things when he talked about the draft needs of the Cowboys but he did say some linemen could move down in the first round allowing his team to upgrade the position.
In some ways the Cowboys hope Cam Newton, the quarterback from Auburn and Mark Ingram, the running back from Alabama move up in the draft pushing a player such as Dareus down to the ninth pick.
Improving the defensive line play is almost as important as the offensive line. Yes the secondary needs to be addressed but if you get a quality lineman who can put pressure on the pocket, it makes things easier on the cornerbacks and safeties.
Remember also, there should be a quality safety in the second round. So with the Cowboys letting Gerald Sensabaugh test the market in free agency, it wouldn't be a surprise if Dallas grabbed a strong safety on Day 2 of the draft.
The guys at Scouts Inc. broke down the defensive linemen, specifically those defensive tackle/end players here. You have to be an ESPN Insider. Please get one it will make you feel better about yourself.