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Dallas Cowboys: Defense Key to Destiny

The Dallas Cowboys finished with a 13-3 record and clinched the top seed in the NFC in the playoffs in 2016. Their defense also played its best it had in a few seasons.

Now, however, three stars from last year’s defense, Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and Barry Church, are all gone. Carr signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Claiborne signed with the New York Jets. Church signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

If the Cowboys want to have the same success as they did last season, they will need to spice up the defense big time.

The Cowboys defense has to face many fast and talent receivers in 2017, such as Odell Beckham Jr, Amari Cooper and now Alshon Jeffrey. With Carr and Claiborne gone, covering them will be a much tougher job for the defense.

A cornerback should now be the Cowboys top concern in the NFL draft. In fact, they may need to draft a few of them. The top two cornerbacks in the draft are Marshon Lattimore out of Ohio State and Adoree Jackson out of USC.

Both would be great additions to Dallas’ defense, but it’s doubtful either will be available when the Cowboys are on the clock with the 28th overall pick. There’s still a lot of other talent in the cornerback position, however.

There’s also still a few big-name free agent cornerbacks available. One name that sticks out above the rest is Sam Shields. Acquiring him would be a huge signing for the Cowboys.

Under defensive coordinator Rob Marinelli, Brandon Flowers could also return to stardom should Dallas want to look into signing him.

No matter, the Cowboys biggest needs are definitely on defense. With Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot running the offense, that won’t be a problem. With no star cornerbacks to help the team have a successful pass defense, they won’t see the same success they did in 2016.

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