Cowboys News: Who Should Dallas Take Fourth Overall In 2016 NFL Draft?

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Feb 17, 2016 04:40 PM EST
Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys
Head coach Jason Garrett and Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Tampa, Florida."

The Dallas Cowboys will find themselves having to answer a lot of questions as the 2016 NFL Draft approaches.

Answers should be aplenty once the free agent period begins because the Cowboys are two releases away from looking at an entirely different defensive backfield. Morris Claiborne is a free agent and the Cowboys are unlikely to have him return as he has been a bust after being labeled one of the best defensive backs of his draft class.

Add Brandon Carr's biggest salary cap hit in his contract and the fact that the Cowboys will have a new defensive back's coach and the Cowboys are looking at the rebuilding of their secondary. This somewhat started last season as the Cowboys took Byron Jones in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Losing Carr and Claiborne might be exactly what the Cowboys need to establish some consistency on defense.

The Cowboys defensive needs currently outweigh the Cowboys offensive needs. Sure quarterback is a hot topic after last season, but picking up Tony Romo's heir apparent in this draft would concede to the idea that the Cowboys have given up on trying to win a Super Bowl with the pieces they have.

This is emphatically not the case, nor are there really any quarterbacks screaming to be picked at number four. So that leaves the Cowboys core needs, cornerback, running back, and defensive line. The Cowboys should have their choice of the top two cornerbacks in the draft Mackensie Alexander or Vernon Hargreaves III.

Jalen Ramsey is an interesting option because he has something the Cowboys adore now, versatility. Ramsey can be a free safety, strong safety, or a cornerback, and he is pretty good at all three roles. Ramsey is the answer to a lot of the Cowboys secondary issues and they also would have enough salary cap space to likely pick up a veteran cornerback to give their cornerbacks some depth. The only other real option with this pick is defensive end Joey Bosa.

Bosa is supposedly the best defensive end in the draft and is supposedly JJ Watt 2.0. With the Cowboys likely to release Greg Hardy, drafting Bosa might not come at a better time. The Cowboys must decide which player can have an impact in present and help them return to the playoffs.  



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