Three and out: Dallas Cowboys' 2018 NFL draft needs, prospect fits


SportsPulse: The New York Jets’ trade to move up to the No. 3 spot in the draft will have some serious ripple effects in the first round. USA TODAY Sports’ Nate Davis and Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on what the huge move means for draft day.

In the build-up to the 2018 draft, USA TODAY Sports will take a look at each NFL team’s situation and needs. 

Dallas Cowboys

1. Injuries have tested the Cowboys’ depth at linebacker in recent years. With Anthony Hitchens off to the Chiefs and Sean Lee approaching the tail end of his career as he turns 32 in July, the position is the biggest need on the Dallas defense, even though the unit might look to 2016 second-round pick Jaylon Smith to take on a larger role. 

Advice: The Cowboys could make a big swing and move up in the first round for Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, who likely won’t be available when Dallas is scheduled to pick at No. 19. He’s the type of athletic, versatile linebacker the Cowboys need.

2. Dez Bryant…

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