After their most successful season in years in 2014, the 2015 season went the opposite direction for the Dallas Cowboys. Once QB Tony Romo broke his collarbone, the Cowboys slumped to a 4-12 record, and little went right for the team on the field.
The good news for Dallas fans, however, is that last season's dismal record means the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Jerry Jones' team has lots of holes to fill, and the folks at Rotoworld broke down the biggest areas of need. Evan Silva ranked the defensive line as the Cowboys biggest need, followed by cornerback and then wide receiver.
With the fourth pick, Dallas should have some great options to improve their D-line or secondary right away. Namely Jalen Ramsey from Florida State, Oregon's DeForest Buckner or Ohio State's Joey Bosa. Considering the Cowboys had just 31 sacks as a team last season - and free agent Greg Hardy was largely a bust - Silva's analysis makes sense.
And Josh Norris says they will take Bosa - despite recent rumors saying Jones and the Cowboys brass aren't that into the Buckeye - over Ramsey or Buckner. From Noris:
"I know reports stated the Cowboys do not have Bosa ranked as highly as other prospects. I could talk myself into Jalen Ramsey, DeForest Buckner or Carson Wentz here. One of the three will be on the board if Laremy Tunsil is a top-three selection. Myles Jack is also a strong option, but the team could be wary of his 2015 knee injury. Basically what I’m saying is the reports can be true, and the team could still end up with Bosa as the pick here. Moving up for Jalen Ramsey or back for extra picks is obviously possible."
A move to draft a quarterback should not be ruled out, as Romo's health will continue to be an issue, not to mention he will turn 36 years old the week before the draft. If Wentz gets to No. 4, nobody would be shocked if Jones takes his QB of the future, especially after the reports that the Cowboys GM previously wanted to take Johnny Manziel to groom behind Romo.