In the eyes of many NFL draft experts, the Dallas Cowboys got one of the biggest steals of the draft when one of the top wide receivers in the 2020 class in CeeDee Lamb fell to them with the 16th pick in the middle of the first round.
Despite the Cowboys getting a major boost to their passing game in Lamb, they didn’t do much to address one of their most prevalent needs on their squad at the EDGE rusher spot.
While DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the most productive pass rushers off the edge in the NFL, the spot at the other side of the line has a lot of question marks. The current starter opposite of Lawrence on the depth chart is Tyrone Crawford, who only had one solo tackle and one sack in 2019.
The two guys below Crawford on the depth chart are undoubtedly talented, but it’s unclear when Randy Gregory and Aldon Smith will be reinstated, and they are the next options on the depth chart.
Fifth-round pick Bradlee Anae flashed a lot of potential at Utah, and Dorance Armstrong has shown he can make an impact on the Cowboys at a rotational level, but the starting spot opposite Lawrence remains unclear.
John Williams of Inside the Star called out the Cowboys, saying that if they really want to be proven as big spenders, they should go out spend a lot of money on a star pass rusher with experience:
They want to be an aggressive team this year on both sides of the ball. On defense, that means they’ll blitz more. Even though they’ll send an extra rusher more frequently, it’s still not the best plan to go into a season with Dorance Armstrong, Tyrone Crawford, or Bradlee Anae as your other defensive end…as they’ve done all offseason, the Cowboys need to make a move to fill the considerable hole vacated by Robert Quinn. They’ve got the options and the money to make it happen. All it takes is the will to do so.
As Williams cited, there are still a lot of pass rushers on the market that could get Cowboys’ fans excited.
A few former Pro Bowlers in Jadeveon Clowney and Everson Griffen could look great playing underneath the big blue star. And if Dallas didn’t want to pack up the brinks truck for one of those big stars, they could look into an option like Markus Golden or Nigel Bradham to shore up the defensive line.
Dallas clearly cares about filling the hole that Robert Quinn left in his departure, as they signed Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe and drafted Neville Gallimore, proving them to be set at the defensive tackle spot.
With Lamb and a buttload of offensive weapons scheduled to make some noise in 2020, they have a chance to be a truly elite team if they can fill one of these few holes on their defense, turning a pretty good defense into a potentially elite one with adding a star EDGE rusher.