Speaking from the Senior Bowl where Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett are taking a look at some of the top prospects in this year’s NFL Draft, Jones opened up about a few areas the Cowboys are looking at in the draft, including offensive line and safety.
“You look at numbers, you’ve got five positions on the offensive line and certainly that gives you a chance to address that area because of the numbers of players that you play in that unit. But I think we look at it and it doesn’t surprise me that we still could have a need in the offensive line because of just that.”
Jones wasn’t specific in any of the areas that he named, but did go through the groupings. Jones thought that the team was set at the skill positions on offense, but that wouldn’t stop them from taking someone if they were the best player available to them when it came to their turn on the clock.
The general manager/owner is also happy with his front seven on defense. He cited LB Sean Lee specifically, stating: “Sean Lee is going to be a bigger contributor, but in general our front seven is a real positive for us in terms of personnel and I think it had a lot to do with Rob [Ryan] joining the Cowboys.”
But when the topic of secondary came up Jones was non-commital. Saying that he was happy with the Cowboys corners, but wouldn’t let that stop them from taking one in the first round if there was a good player available. When talking about the safety position, Jones said, “And safety, we were strong there last year, brought a lot of numbers on our roster on safety, but that’s an area we could be looking at, too.”
Jones and Garrett are probably used to hearing what everyone else thinks the weakness of the team is. It will be interesting to hear how their experience at the Senior Bowl will effect any of their decisions come April.