The Dallas Cowboys have yet to reach expectations this season, but a fresh look at the 2018 NFL Draft may provide some hope for their long-term future.
The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2017 season with enormous expectations. Fresh off a regular season where they finished 13-3 and champions of the NFC East. They were led by rookie’s Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, creating a storyline that seemed to capture the hearts of Cowboys’ fans and Cowboys’ haters alike. It was a fantasy season for a team looking to move on from the era of Tony Romo. It defied expectations and seemed to mark the beginning of a new era.
Needless to say, this season has written a different storyline thus far. Filled with suspensions and injuries, the Cowboys have seemingly fallen short in several areas. A young secondary seems to be improving but hasn’t been able to make critical stops in recent weeks. We haven’t had an interception since Week 2. Our run defense, after being ranked 1st in the league in 2016, now ranks 15th. This is misleading as the Cowboys had their bye last week, inflating their ranking. There are pieces on this defense, but some major improvements will need to be made across the board.
While it’s only week 7, we can already start to see the areas of weakness for this team. Lucky for them, this draft is loaded of talented players that can help Dallas overcome any deficiencies when they prepare for next season.