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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a very lackluster 4-12 2015 season. In order to improve their team moving forward. They opted not to re-sign Greg Hardy and they signed Alfred Morris to improve their running game. We all know the team will improve from getting Tony Romo and Dez Bryant back on the field, who were injured for the beginning of the regular season last year. Now it’s up to Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones to step up and really deliver in the 2016 draft. How does Jones and the Cowboys do that? They stick to playing fundamental football, and that is always putting a priority on defense. With Hardy leaving, the team will be missing out on 6 sacks a year. In order to replace that production the Cowboys should trade back to a later pick in the first round, try to add another pick and then add Shaq Lawson to their roster. Lawson had a tremendous year at Clemson recording 12.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for losses. That is exactly the type of effort the Cowboys need to impose their will defensively on opposing team’s offense units. It will also go a long way in improving the Cowboys’ when it comes to their 17th overall ranking in yards surrendered defensively. Then the team has to look at adding a quarterback that can be the successor to Tony Romo. Maybe that can be a guy like Connor Cook or Cardale Jones. Both guys could be available in the second round with the Cowboys in the 4th pick draft position. That would be a great insurance plan for Romo in case he can’t hold up health wise. Not to mention either player would be good picks for the future when Romo does indeed have to walk away. Outside of that look to see if the Cowboys try to add some secondary players that can really clamp down on opposing receivers and contribute next season. Doing so would be a cherry on the top of a good draft for Jerry Jones and would put the team in the best position to succeed in 2016.
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