Dallas Cowboys' Biggest Needs in Free Agency and 2019 NFL Draft

Max Staley
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The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most discussed teams in professional sports as they're dubbed "America's Team." The Cowboys looked like they had a chance to go on a Super Bowl run last season, following the acquisition of wide receiver Amari Cooper, but fell short in a 30-22 Divisional Round loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Now that the Cowboys have locked in defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, this defense looks like one of the better young units in the NFL. We know they have Dak Prescott under center and one of the best running backs in football in Ezekiel Elliott, but they still have some notable holes on both sides of the ball.

Let's take a look at the Cowboys' biggest remaining needs in free agency and the NFL Draft as we look toward the 2019 season.

On offense, the Cowboys' top priority should be finding another playmaker to impact their passing game. Dallas needs someone to take attention off Cooper, despite the return of Jason Witten, and the signing of Randall Cobb is very hit of miss.

Acquiring a dynamic wide receiver or tight end in the NFL Draft could be a road general manager Jerry Jones heads down, especially after seeing how much Cooper improved the team's passing game.

Without a first-round pick this year, due to the aforementioned acquisition of Cooper, that means Dallas likely won't have a shot at playmakers like Ole Miss' D.K. Metcalf or Iowa's pair of tight ends, Noah Fant or T.J. Hockenson.

But Oklahoma's Marquise Brown can flat-out fly, and he's likely going to be available in the second round. Dallas could also target Ohio State's Terry McLaurin, who ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the 2019 NFL Combine. Drafting either player could help Dallas take the top off of opposing defenses, which should then help Zeke in the running game.

However, after seeing how Prescott's production has suffered when he isn't playing behind an elite offensive line, the Cowboys could also look to add depth there. Cowboys' center Travis Frederick missed the entire season with Guillain Barre Syndrome, so Dallas could look to add a center in the draft as insurance.

Texas A&M's Erik McCoy played his college ball pretty close to Dallas, and he's versatile enough to play anywhere along the interior of the offensive line in a pinch. He could be available when the Cowboys pick at No. 58, but he does have a shot at sneaking into the first round.

As for the defense, young cornerstones like Byron Jones, Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith took this unit to the next level last season, so there aren't very many needs on that side of the ball. However, David Irving recently retired under mysterious circumstances, so the Cowboys could use a boost on the interior of their defensive line. Free-agent Ndamukong Suh could make a lot of sense on a one-year deal, but he may have too large a price tag for Dallas to sign.

Mississippi State's Jeffrey Simmons could be an excellent selection, even though he's likely going to miss the entire 2019-20 season, if he falls because teams are scared off by his ACL injury. Simmons projects as an explosive athlete, and he was rumored to be a top-10 selection prior to the injury. If Dallas is looking for more of an immediate impact, Ohio State's Dre'Mont Jones could be a solid replacement for Irving.

Finally, Dallas should look to upgrade its secondary, particularly at cornerback. Jones became one of the NFL's best corners last season, but he'll be a free agent after next season, and the Cowboys might not have enough money to retain him. Vanderbilt's Joejuan Williams or Clemson's Trayvon Mullen could be great picks, as one could eventually take over if Jones does ultimately leave, and both are talented enough to compete with Dallas' other corners this coming season.

All in all, the Cowboys have the ingredients to be a competitor for a really long time. The Cowboys have a run-heavy offense with Elliott leading the way, and a defense that reliably keeps opponents off the field. If the Cowboys find a way to add another playmaker on offense, and round out some holes on defense, they could be contending for a Super Bowl come season's end.

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