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The Cowboys “position cluster” of free agent visits could say a lot about their 2018 draft strategy

The Cowboys are being very narrow about what positions they are looking at in free agency.

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What would you say is the biggest position of need on the Cowboys at the moment?

(waits for you to think)

(now waits for you to answer in your mind... bonus points if you did out loud)

Cool. Thanks for playing. We all likely have some sort of combination of linebacker, safety, guard, and in some cases (probably a lot) wide receiver.

The upcoming NFL draft will likely be when we the Cowboys try to address all of these glaring holes, but if only there had been a way for them to accrue talent over the last week! Shucks.

Dallas has remained idle in free agency, although they really cut loose on Tuesday when they traded for fullback Jamize Olawale. That’s right. The Cowboys are awakening from their free agency nap and are ready for a snack.

It would seem this treat would be of the offensive line or wide receiver variety as those are the only positions the Cowboys are scheduled to meet with as of now.

For clarity, Cowboys FA visits:

WR Allen Hurns

WR Deonte Thompson

WR Justin Hunter

WR Dontrelle Inman

OL Marcus Martin

OL Cameron Fleming

OL LaAdrian Waddle

A lot of people took the Cowboys meeting so so many offensive tackles to mean that they could be toying with the idea of moving La’el Collins back to guard. What about all of their meetings with wide receivers then? It says that Dallas is obviously interested in upgrading at receiver.

Who do we think are sure-fire locks to make the Cowboys 53-man roster at receiver in 2018?

Where does it leave Cole Beasley or Terrance Williams in 2018? Ryan Switzer is entering his second season. Brice Butler likely isn’t coming back. Who knows whether they’ll continue the Noah Brown project in year two. The only receiver anyone has ever thought could possibly be gone is Dez Bryant.

Those talks simmered in recent weeks, though. A lot of people have made peace with the fact that Dez Bryant will be on the Cowboys this season. He’s even reminiscing about old Cowboys seasons on Instagram these days.

The Cowboys seemed determine to do something about their receiver position before the draft. They still might address it then, but it’s hard to believe that they won’t sign at least one WR, if not more, in free agency.

As for the offensive line, they are either addressing their need for a decent swing tackle after the Chaz Green/Byron Bell experiment was deemed unsatisfactory. Or they are filling up a massive hole at guard by moving La’el Collins over. One move - swing tackle - only affects their draft plans in a minor way. The other - filling the guard hole - would be a major move and eliminate the need to pick a guard early.

This week will tell us a lot about the Cowboys draft strategy.

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