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Two Options for how to fill the Cowboys roster holes

As we look at the Cowboys and their needs, one point strikes me with the most gravity. There are too many needs and the Boys cannot fill all the roster holes completely from the outside (FA/Draft). I don’t see the Cowboys looking for talent from only one direction, they will have to take a risk on some players already on the roster and trust that solutions coming from either FA or the draft fill the roster sufficiently.

I charted a few potential rosters and current players whom we will be counting on to step up are in italics. Free agents and draft picks are simply bolded. If you think you can do a better job, add your suggestion in the comments and I will add them to the post if they are worthy and rational. Later on I will add a poll asking which one was best.

Some notes: I got specific with important free agents and the top 3 draft picks. After that I hope you do not mind my lack of specificity. The vague designations would simply be depth players anyway. Feel free to do the same.

Position

Team 1 (4-3)

Team 2 (3-4)

Team 3 (BPA)

Ziggy

Offense

QB

Romo*

McGee

C. Hene (MIA)

Romo*

McGee

Mid round pick

Romo*

McGee

Late round pick

Romo*

Orton

McGee

RB

F. Jones

D. Murray*

P. Tanner

F. Jones

D. Murray*

P. Tanner

F. Jones

D. Murray*

T. Richardson (1st)

F. Jones

D. Murray*

P. Tanner

C. Washington

FB

Fiamenta*

Fiamenta*

Fiamenta*

Fiamenta

WR

Bryant*

Austin*

Ogletree

Mid round pick

J. Holley

R. Radaway

Bryant*

Austin*

L. Robinson (DAL)

J. Holley

R. Radaway

Bryant*

Austin*

L. Robinson (DAL)

J. Holley

R. Radaway

Bryant*

Austin*

L. Robinson (DAL)

J. Holley

R. Radaway

D. Harris

TE

Witten*

Phillips

Late round pick

Witten*

Phillips

Late round pick

Witten*

Phillips

Late round pick

Witten*

Phillips

G. Bryan (6th)

OT

Free*

T. Smith*

Parnell

Free*

T. Smith*

Parnell

Free*

T. Smith*

Parnell

Free*

T. Smith*

Parnell

OG

Nagy*

Koiser*

Akrin

Holland

Nicks* (NO)

Koiser*

Akrin

Mid round pick

Nagy*

Koiser*

Akrin

Holland

Mid round pick

Koiser*

L. Nix* (4th)

Akrin

Nagy

OC

C. Meyers* (HOU)

Kowalski

Nagy*

Kowalski

Costa

C. Meyers* (HOU)

Kowalski

D. Koppen* (NE)

Kowalski

Defense

DT

Ratliff*

Lissemore*

J. Brent

K. Coleman

Ratliff*

J. Brent

Ratliff*

J. Brent

Ratliff*

J. Brent

DE

Ware*

Williams (HOU)*

Hatcher

Mid round pick

Lissemore*

Hatcher*

K. Coleman

M. Spears

Lissemore*

Hatcher*

K. Coleman

M. Spears

Hatcher*

C. Geathers*

Lissemore

Spears

D. Hamilton (7th)

OLB

Carter*

K. Morrison (BUF)*

Albright

Butler

Ware*

M. Ingram (1st)*

V. Butler

Albright

Ware*

Albright*

V. Butler

J. Massaquoi (3rd)

Low Cost FA

Ware*

B. Irvin* (3rd)

V. Butler

B. Roy (4th)

ILB

Lee*

B. Wagner (3rd)

Lee*

Carter*

B. James (DAL)

Low Cost FA

Lee*

Carter*

Mid round pick

Low Cost FA

Lee*

Carter*

M. Kendricks (5th)

CB

Jenkins*

Scandrick*

Kirkpatrick (1st)

Late round pick

Low Cost FA

Jenkins*

Scandrick*

J. Allen (HOU)

C. Minnefeild (3rd)

Late round pick

Jenkins*

Scandrick*

T. Thomas (NYG)

S. Gilmore (2nd)

Jenkins*

Finnegan* (TEN)

Scandrick

B. Boynkin (2nd)

J. Taplin-Ross

S

Sensabaugh*

M. Adams (CLE)*

McCray

Church

M. Martin (2nd)

Sensabaugh*

D. Lowry (JAC)*

McCray

Church

M. Martin (2nd)

Sensabaugh*

M. Adams (CLE)*

D. Lowry (JAC)

McCray

Church

Sensabaugh*

M. Barron* (1st)

Church

McCray

M. Butler

Sp. T.

K

Bailey

Bailey

Bailey

Bailey

P

McBriar

McBriar

McBriar

C. Jones

LS

Ladouceur

Ladouceur

Ladouceur

Ladouceur


* Starters

Team 1 brings in a solid center and banks on the guards. I like this bet, it gives the youglies opportunity and the vets will at least be serviceable if none of the youglies emerge. This option also leaves enough money and picks free to really make some improvements to the D as it shifts toward a 4-3. There are serious depth issues at LB, and those dreaming of Super Mario should take note of this challenge.

Team 2 solidifies the offense and makes smart buys on Defense. None of the FAs on D should be expensive but this unit will be boom or bust. This team is a lot like the Saints and Packers, where a strong offense could make for an opportunistic D.

Team 3 makes no splashes in free agency, but the small solid purchases set up BPA in the draft. I took T. Richardson but this could easily translate to a Q. Couples or DeCastro. Competition at guard, consistency at center, and real attention paid to the secondary. The versatility of Lowry and Adams allows the team to carry less CBs, and they will need to as they try quantity over quality at the LB position. In this situation we are really counting on our LBs, especially Carter, Butler, and Albright.

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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