The Cowboys might like a pass-rusher in the first round depending on who has been taken, but cornerback also is a strong possibility.
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Curious who the Cowboys will draft? Chances are they will use their first pick on a player who had a pre-draft visit with the team.
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The Cowboys have placed right tackle Doug Free on the reserve/retired list, giving them $5 million in salary cap room. Free, a starter since 2010, spent 10 seasons with the Cowboys. Do not expect the Cowboys to use the added cap room for any free agents.
Jerry Jones has become a lot more subdued about draft-day trades in recent years, but he said the Cowboys are always keeping their options open.
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Last year the Cowboys drafted two cornerstones in Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott. This year, Dallas will look to improve on the defensive side, more specifically its lacking pass rush.
There's no true set position for all-everything defensive stalwart Jabrill Peppers, which could make him an interesting option for teams like the Cowboys or Vikings.
The chances of the Cowboys taking an offensive lineman in the first round are slim, but it's a possibility if teams go heavy on defense early.
There are several directions the Cowboys could go in the upcoming draft. What position should they prioritize?
With so much depth in the draft at cornerback, going with a defensive end like Taco Charlton makes sense.
The Cowboys need a boost from their pass rush, and Hendrickson would be the perfect fit from the mid-rounds.
The Cowboys might add a piece for their succession plan for Jason Witten in the draft but already have a number of young TEs on the roster.
In recent drafts, Dallas has rebuilt its offensive line through first-round picks. The Cowboys now need to do the same on the other side of the ball.
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Taco Charlton sees himself as a defensive who can stop the run and rush the passer and who will only improve with coaching.
Led by last year's draft success, Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys' deep group of running backs makes them unlikely to draft one before the third day.
DeMarcus Ware, eighth on the all-time sacks list, retired as a Dallas Cowboy on Monday and relayed what it meant to him to play for America's Team.
With its first three picks, Dallas has to come up with a combination that includes a pass-rusher, cornerback and safety,
Finding a playmaker in the secondary is a must for the Cowboys, who have to find ways to create more takeaways on the back end.
Adding a receiver likely isn't a priority for the Cowboys early in the draft, but they could look at one to develop for the future later on.
For nine years, the Cowboys had an elite pass-rusher in DeMarcus Ware. Since his departure, though, they've been woefully without one.
It would be a dream for Dallas to select someone like Derek Barnett or Charles Harris with the No. 28 pick.
Three of the Cowboys four starters in the secondary left for free agency, making corner and safety the team's biggest needs entering the draft.
Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, taken in the 10th round, leads an impressive list of the best players drafted by the Cowboys at each position.