The 2014 NFL draft presents several difficulties for the Cowboys front office as they search for some viable help on defense. After their defense was one of the worst in team history the Cowboys need to draft someone who can boost their pass rush. There are question marks in the secondary as well at free safety and cornerback as Barry Church and Brandon Carr had rough seasons.
While these are all immediate needs, the future needs for the Cowboys are looming as well. The six-year contract extension that Tony Romo signed in March of last year is starting to look worse and worse as the offseason transpires. At age 33, Romo will spend most of the offseason recovering from back surgery and who knows whether or not he can bounce back next season. And even if Romo does bounce back with a solid year, how many more years can he play at an elite level?
Even though Jerry Jones signed Romo to that huge contract extension, a quarterback needs to be drafted in the later rounds who can be groomed as Romo’s successor. Kyle Orton was the only backup on the roster last season and he has joined the +30 club as well.
There are only a couple quarterbacks in the draft who would be within the Cowboys reach. It is expected that Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel will be drafted in the first round but Blake Bortles and Derek Carr could be available in the second or third. Bleacher Report also suggests that San Jose State’s David Fales and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd are viable options.
At this point in the offseason it’s too early to determine when Bortles, Carr, Fales or Boyd will be drafted. However, if the Cowboys have a chance to nab one of them in the later rounds they should jump at it.
Hopefully Jerry Jones will realize that Romo won’t be around forever and draft the quarterback of the future. The Cowboys need one, as do their fans.