As the draft draws near Cowboys fans are buzzing with excitement and waiting patiently to see what Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett have up their sleeves come draft day.
As we all know that the Cowboys have a lot of holes on the team to fill this year but with a decent free agency class things are looking up in Arlington,Texas. The Cowboys covered some of their needs this off-season by signing CB Brandon Carr (an instant upgrade in the secondary from the aging Terence Newman), Strong Safety Brodney Pool (secondary help), guards Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau (offensive line depth), LB Dan Connor (adding depth and getting younger at the linebacker position), FB Lawrence Vickers (replacement/upgrade from departing FB Tony Fiammetta), and backup quarterback Kyle Orton (Tony Romo insurance).
But we all know the Cowboys must draft well this year if they want to be in the hunt for a 2012 playoff spot.
There are five things I think the Cowboys should look for in this year’s draft for us to be successful for the upcoming season.
1. We must draft a pass rusher who can line up on the opposite side of DeMarcus Ware. Were in luck this year, this draft is full promising pass rushers and one that comes to mind that could be available in the 2nd round is Vinny Curry.
Curry, the 6 ft 3 in 266 pound All American Defensive End from the University Of Marshall could be that spark in the pass rush the Dallas Cowboys desperately need. Many scouts are already comparing Curry to Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants that’s scary and all Cowboys fans know how much Pierre-Paul was a thorn in our side last year.
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Overview of Vinny Curry
Here is that potential pass rusher with a knack for causing fumbles, which is one of the most valuable talents on defense.
“Curry is strong and relentless off the edge, and so intent on getting to the passer that he is often too upright and vulnerable to a quick cut block. However, he can get down and dirty with a decent bull rush and uses his strong hands well.
Curry was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 when he had 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 22 tackles for a loss. After a great high school career, Curry went to Cincinnati’s Harmony Community School in 2007 to prep for college.
He played only seven games as a true freshman, then began to show up as a sophomore and finished his career with 26 sacks, 49 tackles for a loss and 10 forced fumbles.”-CBS Sports.com
Part 1 of a 4 part draft series.
Sources: CBS Sports.com, Fox Sports