The 2013 Draft just ended, but it's still never to early to start planning for next year's draft. It's terrible that we fans have to wait another 90 or so days for training camp to begin, but that by no means means the football season is over. We have OTAs and we can look over every position critically until training camp and wonder how we could have done better. We know that the Cowboys went into this year's draft with a BPA policy rather than the need trap that they fell into under Wade Phillips. Next year will be no different and nor should it be. But since the Cowboys are now rolling with a BPA strategy, it is almost impossible to predict what positions they will select. In fact, a more correct title for this may be "Which positions will the Cowboys need next year". However, we can still try to predict what positions they will select and then fail at it so here it goes.
Defensive Line: Many people were quick to point out that the Cowboys did not select a single defensive lineman in the entire draft. Many more were crushed when they(the Cowboys) traded down instead of selecting Sharrif Floyd. When asked about forgoing selecting a single defensive lineman in the draft Jerry Jones said that he thought the Defensive line was a position of strength. The defensive line actually does looks pretty good right now with perennial ProBowlers Demarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff along with Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher, and last year's third round draft pick Tyrone Crawford. On the other hand, Ratliff will being even older next year and almost never saw the field last year because of injuries and DeMarcus Ware is also getting old and was injured for most of last season. After the tragic incident involving Josh Brent and Jerry Brown and Brent's return in question, I will have to leave Brent out of the equation. Spencer is probably gone next year and Crawford looks to be moving inside to DT. We know that Wilber and maybe Albright will come over to DE . Also, Ware will be back next year but Ratliff's return is highly doubtful. This leaves Hatcher(if resigned), Crawford, and Sean Lissemore at DT while Ware, Wilber, and Albright(if resigned) at DE, with Brian Price, Robert Calloway(if resigned), and Ben Bass somewhere in the mix at either position. Only 4(5 including Ratliff) players are slated to return to the defensive line next year and 3(or 2) of the 5(4) leaving are starters. Obviously they are going to have either resign Hatcher or Spencer or turn to Free agency or the draft to fix this gaping hole.
Tackle and/or guard: Many were greatly disapointed when the Cowboys did not draft a tackle or a guard. Most fans will be okay with the tackle situation if the Boys sign either Clabo or Winston. I'm very skeptical that this will fix the tackle situation because it worked oh so well with Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings at guard last year. The Doug Free situation is still up in the air but it does look like Jerry wants him back. Unluckily for us Tackles flew off the boards this year but our fortunes may change next year. Guard is another position that came off the boards early. We did upgrade our center with Travis Frederick but we could still use an upgrade of Bernadeau and/or Livings. I think this position will not be upgraded because of need next year because of Jerry Jones's man crush on David Arkin and Ronald Leary but it could be in line for an upgrade next year
Quarterback: This is a position that will sneak in there once Romo gets injured. We will find out just how good Kyle Orton is and how Tim Tebow(you know, the guy that can't even win a job over Mark Sanchez) was made a starter over Orton. We don't have a true third quarterback and if we selected a quarterback in the second or third round he could be on our roster until Romo's contract ends and then could start. I have no knowledge of the quarterback class next year but I do know this 1. The teams that selected a quarterback in this year's draft will probably not take another quarterback as they like to give their quarterback at least two years to prove himself 2: Last year's class was strong so most of the teams that selected a quarterback(with the exception of the Browns) will not be searching for a quarterback next year making the pickings wider.