The Dallas Cowboys were the last team in free agency to actually sign any new players, but over the last several days they addressed their needs at wide receiver, linebacker, and offensive line. With the acquisitions of Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, the Cowboys have bolstered their poor-performing receiving corps from 2017 and hopefully fostered a sense of competition in the wideout room, which could lead to inspired play from the likes of Dez Bryant. Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley.
Dallas lost many of their games down the stretch partially due to poor offensive line depth; thinking about Chaz Green's play against the Atlanta Flacons still brings back nightmares. The Boys have definitely improved their depth in the trenches, with the additions of Cameron Fleming, who started for the Patriots in the Super Bowl at right tackle, and Marcus Martin, who was a third round pick from the 49ers in 2014, although anything is better than Chaz Green and Byron Bell. These moves could mean the return of La'el Collins to left guard, but only time will tell if the Cowboys are having any serious discussions with Collins about a possible change.
With the loss of Anthony Hitchens and Kyle Wilber, Dallas is seriously lacking in linebacker depth, which has lead to the signing of Joe Thomas, who will most likely fill Wilber's role as a backup and special teams player.
Cowboys went from zero to five free agent signings, plus a trade for former Oakland fullback Jamize Olawale, relatively quickly, but these signings, while not huge, are a positive for a franchise that is operating up against the cap.
The Dallas Cowboys are now committing around $30 million to the receiver position alone, but cutting Terrance Williams or Cole Beasley would not free up enough significant cap room to make any free agency moves, so they are somewhat stuck with their dilemma at wideout unless any possibilities arise around the draft for potential trades.
Many expected Dallas to take a receiver or offensive lineman with their 19th overall pick, but now it appears that with the recent free agent acquisitions that the Cowboys will most likely look to defense, at least in the first round of the draft. There is a still a possibility that the Cowboys will look for another receiver or offensive lineman in the 2nd or 3rd rounds of the draft, but their greatest needs remain at safety and linebacker now. A possible move up to get a safety, such as Derwin James, is possible due to Dallas' excess of draft picks in the later rounds of the draft. The Boys need to go out and get a great safety in the draft, because Jeff Heath currently remains a starter and while he has had his moments, he is not the answer or future for the Cowboys at that position.
Although, with the injury histories of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith, using the 19th pick on a linebacker starts to look pretty attractive, as well.
Regardless, if the Cowboys focus primarily on defense in the 2018 draft it will be a win for the franchise, that had to recently watch their arch-rival Philadelphia Eagles get to and win the Super Bowl with great defensive play.
Defense wins championships, so the Dallas Cowboys have a lot to think about heading into the draft next month.