The Big Question: Will ignoring defense hurt Cowboys?
Ignoring might be a little strong. But the Cowboys didn't take a defensive player until their fourth pick, Georgia Southern safety J.J. Wilcox. They went with another small-school defensive back in the fourth round, William & Mary cornerback B.W. Webb. They added an outside linebacker in the sixth round.
The Cowboys continue to insist that the transition to defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's 4-3 defense will be smooth. They say their defensive line is a strength. But we were perplexed to see them pass on a great value in Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd in the first round, instead trading down for nasty centerTravis Frederick. This partly is why I called 2013 a "no-win" draft for team owner Jerry Jones.
The depth at the position seriously is lacking. I'd be worried about the team's run defense. The Cowboys also have a scary lack of depth at the rest of the front seven positions. There was a dramatic defensive change schematically in Dallas this offseason, which usually is followed by adding a lot of new players to fit the new scheme.
Instead, Dallas is counting on all the same players to learn new positions.