In my original fanpost, a lot of people mentioned that DL should be high on the list because they thought a good NT/DT/DE would be a better pick at #9 than safety or Oline, and here is where BPA comes into play.
Adding to the complexity of the issue of "Order of Importance" is my own belief that yes, OLB should be considered too (as insane as that may sound to a lot of us Cowboy fans). Now, before you start calling me names, and claiming my insanity, I hope you at least listen to my reasoning.
Our QB pressure isn't "Cowboy way" up to par. You can work players harder than you have, and it may not end up as a better team pressuring the QB. Micheal Vick lost to Green Bay today, and he will be back next year, trying to improve. That means we have to improve, and the more time he has, or feels he has, the worse off we are. Adding to my agony was watching Green Bay's "street guy" Eric Walden make plays. Does that name ring a bell? It should.
Does that mean Anthony Spencer isn't good enough? To me, unfortunately, yes. I am interested to see if he can play ILB. He has good speed, and may be able to do the job - I don't know. Spencer has had a below average year. He has only had half a good year (last year), and who knows if that was a fluke. These issues are why I believe getting the D coordinator position filled with a capable coach is the biggest issue for this team. Garrett can't do that. Are they waiting to see what happens with Dom Capers? Is Todd Bowles a viable candidate? Is Mangini a possibility?
Myself, I would like to see Mangini here as D coordinator. No more experiments please. I saw Stanback smiling in the background for the Seahawks yesterday, and said to myself "There is another one of our failed experiments". I'm not saying Bowles is an experiment - I don't know. I would just rather have someone with experience, and evaluate what we already have on defense before we jump the gun and assume we need a Dlineman with the #9 pick, and give that coach the chance to evaluate what we have already.