Last week, we took an in-depth look at the Dallas Cowboys' depth chart to get a better feel for the strong and weak points on the Dallas roster heading into the 2013 NFL draft. Now that the draft is over and the Cowboys have added several key players to the roster, let's update that depth chart heading into organized team activities.
Again, we've color-coded said chart. Those in blue are solid contributors who are worthy of the roles they currently play. Those in green could still be upgraded upon or are still question marks. And those in red are potential problems. Rookies are in purple.
A minimum of four of the names above can't make the final roster, and I've only included one undrafted free agent out of 15. That's Cameron Lawrence, who I think could surprise some people and earn a backup linebacker role behind Sean Lee.
You'll notice that there's a real shortage of defensive linemen. That's a position the Cowboys failed to address in the draft or on the UDFA market, which is odd. Even if you move Tyrone Crawford from tackle to end, there is a shortage of defensive tackles with Josh Brent's future very much up in the air.
I've also done something a little different with the offensive line. Mackenzy Bernadeau is a weaker link than Phil Costa, assuming Costa can stay healthy, and thus I've placed first-round pick Travis Frederick in the right guard spot, demoting Bernadeau.
Regardless, Frederick's presence should enable Dallas to free up at least one roster spot in that area, with Costa, Bernadeau, David Arkin, Ryan Cook and Kevin Kowalski all candidates to lose their jobs.
If I had to pick the top five candidates to get cut, I'd go with Arkin, Kowalski, Brent, Danny McCray and Danny Coale. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as though they'll be able to part ways with Doug Free anytime soon. But cutting those five would give them one extra roster spot for a defensive lineman.
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