2016: 13-3, NFL East Champions
2017 Draft: No. 28
The Dallas Cowboys don't have a lot of weaknesses on the offensive side of the ball in the game's best offensive line, perhaps the best pure runner in Ezekiel Elliott and a quarterback in Dak Prescott that played well in his rookie season. Not to mention a proven veteran tight end and a star-level outside receiver in Dez Bryant.
Defensively, there are holes, however, particularly when considering the club's own free agents — cornerbacks Morrison Claiborne and Brandon Carr, and safety Barry Church.
Good news is, the class of 2017 is deep in secondary options and offers all kinds of potential help in the front seven.
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1. CB — Claiborne and Carr's free agency casts doubt on the position
2. Safety — Until abd unless Church is re-signed, this is an area of need
3. Edge Rusher — No Dallas defender had more than six sacks in 2016
4. LB — Rolando McClain and Andrew Gachkar are free agents
The Cowboys also own picks No. 60 and 92 through Round 3.
Quincy Wilson, CB — Florida
Wilson is among the top corners in the class and could step in and start immediately in place of Carr or Claiborne should they sign elsewhere. Wilson may be behind only Ohio State star Marshon Lattimore in this strong class of corners.
Jabrill Peppers, S — Michigan
Peppers has every physical skill necessary to be a star and is a threat on returns, too. The reason he may fall this far is some teams aren't sure exactly what his role is. Teams that see him as a starting strong safety may take a shot at hime before Dallas is on the clock.
Derek Barnett, DE — Tennessee
Barnett is one of the top pass-rush threats in the class and leaves Rocky Top the all-time leader in sacks. He should be a factor early on in Dallas' 4-3 scheme.
Tim Williams, OLB — Alabama
Williams has speed-rush ability that may be unmatched in this class and while it's his lone first-round skill it grades so high he's likely to land in Round 1 anyway. He's adept and lining up opposite 300-pound tackles and beating them with his initial burst.
Marlon Humphrey, CB — Alabama
Humphrey may be the most physical corner in the class and despite being a redshirt sophomore with just two years experience on the field should be able to make an impact in Year 1.