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.
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