The Cowboys have met with a lot of defensive linemen over the last few weeks, which could be a draft smokescreen if not for the overwhelming need for help up front in Dallas.
The list of visitors is expected to get a little longer this week as Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports that Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley will stop in for a visit. Easley was on his way to a lofty draft position heading into the 2013 season, but he tore his left ACL in September to wipe out his final year with the Gators and create uncertainty about his future.
Easley also tore his right ACL earlier in his career, leaving him with a pair of medical red flags to go with the ability to generate the kind of pressure up the middle that teams love to have on their offensive lines. That’s kept his draft status from dropping too much, leaving many considering him a likely pick on the second day of the draft.
It would be a risk for the Cowboys to draft a player with medical concerns after two years of watching their defense fail in part because of players missing time with injuries. At the same time, though, Easley would offer them potentially high reward to go with that high risk and the Cowboys are really in need of a talent boost on their defensive line. It’s one of many tough calls teams will have to make in a couple of weeks and this week’s meeting should help guide Dallas to one side of the fence.