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With Barron gone, what should the Cowboys do?

The Cowboys roster has one major fault in it as it stands right now, and no I don't think it is their offensive line, as I have explained before I don't believe their line is as bad as everyone believes, I still think they could use some help/depth, but it is not as much of a pressing issue. The hole I have found is at Safety. Brodney Pool is signed to a one year deal which to me means they are looking for someone to come in and start for him or with him. If they get Barron more then likely Pool and Gerald Sensabaugh will platoon at free safety to make room for Barron. On the other hand people have made a strong case for more pass rush but in my eyes the defense would be better served with a better secondary for a few reasons.

Look no further then the New York Jets, another team using a Ryan Defense, the pass rush comes not from key players on the line, but a complicated blitz that is hidden and comes from nowhere. The Jets have no one near the pass rusher that DeMarcus Ware is, or a middle linebacker like Sean Lee but then again not many teams do. The reason why the Jets have so much success is due to the coverage duo of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromarte, maybe you have heard of them. They allow the complex package to have time to develop and the blitz to get into the quarterbacks face. Now while the Cowboys don't have a coverage guy like Revis, I think Brandon Carr and Michael Jenkins can be more then effective, especially with some safety help and a nickel guy like Orlando Scandrick. The better the coverage, the better the blitzes will work, simple. Last year you could say was a bad year for the Jets, but I put the blame on the offense and Mark Sanchez’s inability to throw completions to his team, and maybe rather his ability to throw completions to the other team.

With that said, how good can they be with Pool and Sensabaugh? I think the addition of a safety is a necessity, and I'm sure a lot of you agree because everyone seems to have pegged the Cowboys to take Mark Barron, but what if Barron is gone already, what do the Cowboys do then?

In most drafts I would say you go after the best talent, but to me I think the cowboys are just about ready to compete and are just a few pieces from a playoff caliber team. Those who don't believe that I once again draw the comparison with the Jets, I hope we can agree that the Cowboys are much better all around on offense, I mean Sanchez, Holmes, Green are not near the caliber of Romo, Bryant/Austin, Murray. On the other end if the Cowboys fix their leaky secondary and give Rob Ryan’s blitz packages time to work they would have just about as good a defense as the Jets, who made it to two straight AFC Championship Games in 2010 and 2011. So I do believe the Cowboys are close to being an elite team again, they just need a little help from the draft.

So back to the draft, with Barron gone why not trade down in the draft for another teams first an additional another third? Trade down and select Notre Dame Safety Harrison Smith, then take the additional pick and select some offensive line depth or corner help, such as Jamell Fleming, Ben Jones, or Brandon Washington and try to get two of the three. Harrison Smith is ranked number two overall as far as safeties in this class, and would come in and start right away. He’s very smart, a natural leader on defense, and more important a great character guy, something the Cowboys don’t always value. (See some of the guys they’ve dealt with over the past couple of years) I have written before that I like all three of these guys, and a chance to get two of them would really help fill up some loose holes on the roster. This scenario would be perfect when you remember that Smith is a Free Safety in college, he could probably play either, Strong or Free, but is naturally a Free, which is fine because the Cowboys have Gerald Sensabaugh, a Strong Safety, locked up for a few more years. This would allow you to play Sensabaugh and Pool as a platoon at Strong Safety for Pools one year deal and Smith as the Free Safety. Plus the additional depth at linemen and corner make this move a savory move that I actually kind of hope they make if given the opportunity.


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