Should the Cowboys Go After a Safety or a Corner?
ESPN’s Calvin Watkins ran a post about the Cowboys’ needs at safeties. According to his piece, the Cowboys’ need at the position is 3 out of 5, given that Dallas signed Gerald Sensabaugh through 2016.
Several wonder whether the team should resign Abram Elam, who had 68 tackles and one forced fumble but no interceptions in his return to Dallas. The comment about Elam:
Signing Elam might be a good thing for the Cowboys since he knows Ryan’s defensive scheme, but he might want a long-term deal and that’s something the franchise might be unwilling to offer.
Mel Kiper released his most recent mock draft and had Dallas taking Alabama safety Mark Barron. Here are Kiper’s comments:
Dallas got shredded far too often with the passing game in 2011, and while Barron might be a very slight reach here in terms of his current grade, he’s a perfect fit for the Cowboys. I have “defensive back” on my sheet as a big need in Big D, meaning they can’t go wrong with either the top safety or the top cornerback here, and Barron offers the most value. Better in run support right now than he is in coverage, Barron could get better against the pass, but he’s an upgrade for the Cowboys.
(Incidentally, the last time Dallas drafted an Alabama defensive back was in 2001 when the Cowboys took safety Tony Dixon. That’s not a fair comparison under any circumstance, though.)
Personally, I think the team has greater needs at corner. Several have mentioned another Alabama DB, Dre Kirkpatrick, as the team’s pick at #14.
What do you think?