Let’s get this out of the way. The losses of starting cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr really isn’t that big of a deal. This was not a position of strength for a Cowboys defense that yielded the seventh-most passing yards in the NFL and a 94.1 quarterback rating last year.
Dallas can stand to replenish its stock with younger talent in the draft, something the team will surely do early and often in April.
That’s not really the largest concern here. Dallas also lost two veteran safeties in J.J. Wilcox and Barry Church. Byron Jones is surely the team’s free safety of the future, so that’s not a huge issue either. Considering the 2017 NFL Draft is filled with strong safety talent, the Cowboys can target this position as well.
Unfortunately, Jerry Jones an Co. don’t have enough picks to acquire rookies that can make immediate impacts at all the positions Dallas needs help. This also includes a pass rush that was non-existent last season. With Randy Gregory continuing to find himself in major off-field trouble and Jack Crawford departing in free agency, that’s taken to a whole new level.
For a team that won 13 games last season, there’s so many unanswered questions. What will the Cowboys’ starting defensive line look like? Who will be starting opposite Orlando Scandrick at cornerback? Can the team find a running partner for Jones at safety?
If the Cowboys don’t answer a majority of these questions, they could potentially take a major step back form last season’s surprising performance.