The need to get better is a big part of the game of football. Players need to get better to earn more playing time or keep from losing their jobs. Teams need to get better so they can win the championship—or win it again. The need is as close to a universal truth as there is for every player and every team in the NFL.
Every team did something during the offseason that they hope will help them win more football games next season. Some made their best move in free agency. Others made their best move via a trade. But many are like the Dallas Cowboys.
— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) June 12, 2017
They made their best move in the draft.
Anyone that watched the Dallas Cowboys play last year knows that one of the biggest weaknesses the team had was the pass rush. But with little cap space to use on a free agent, they only had place to find one—the draft.
In the first round, they addressed that need with the selection of defensive end Taco Charlton.
His athleticism doesn’t compare to that of Myles Garrett. He doesn’t have the tenacity of Solomon Thomas either. But he does have a good combination of both and should be a force for the Cowboys next season and in years to come.
Dallas made some other great selections in the draft as well. But the one likely to make an impact sooner than the rest is Charlton. The Cowboys will be playing a first-place schedule next season. That means their pass rush will certainly be put to the test early and often.
If he doesn’t pan out or fails to make an immediate impact, chances are good the team’s second and third round picks will be put to the test (cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis).