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Scouts Inc.: NFC offseason needs

Breaking down the top three areas to address for every squad chasing the Packers

Originally Published: February 23, 2011
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
Packers celebrateTimothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty ImagesDespite a multitude of injuries, the Green Bay Packers were Super Bowl champs last season.

Amid the uncertainty of the NFL labor talks, the possibility of a lockout and no free agency, one thing is certain: There will be an NFL draft in April. With that come mock drafts (from Mel Kiper and Todd McShay) and team needs that must be met. Gary Horton examines the top three needs for every team in the NFL. This is the NFC version.

AFC | NFC


NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

Top needs:
1. Offensive tackle: There is a lot of age with not enough talent at this position, and the biggest need is probably at RT. Marc Colombo struggles to protect the edge, and Leonard Davis is in the same boat. LT Doug Free is better as a run-blocker than in pass protection, but a starter is needed.

2. Defensive end: Dallas' 3-4 defense doesn't expect big numbers from this position, but starters Stephen Bowen and Igor Olshansky don't make enough big plays. The Cowboys would love to find a run stuffer who also could add pass-rush pressure to help out DeMarcus Ware.

3. Safety: Gerald Sensabaugh is a two-year starter at one safety spot and Alan Ball was an unproductive starter last season at the other. Sensabaugh hasn't been awful, but he is a free agent, so it's possible Dallas could have two new starters next year.

Other needs: G, ILB, S

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.