Dallas’ Defensive Line: From Shredded To Dreaded?

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Oct 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton (69) sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during the first quarter at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Let me start off by saying, Cowboys fans should collectively release a massive sigh of relief that Jerry Jones pulled the trigger on bringing DT Henry Melton into the fold.

Without that signing, this defense was once again poised to scrape the bottom of the barrel and the secondary was in for another brutal year.  The draft is deep at DL, but going all in on several rookies is simply naive.

Melton will not be the savior alone, but a gigantic piece of the puzzle.  Dallas must follow it up with a few more quality additions to join him in the starting ranks.

Henry has now given his new team hope for fielding a dangerous defensive line.  One that could go from merely getting by, to violently harassing opposing offenses.

At the same time, he validates the recent signings of DL back-ups the Cowboys made just before him.

If Dallas plays the rest of this situation correclty over the next 2 months, the 2014 line could be an absolute force with amazing depth.

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  • [email protected]

    If Dallas can get Allen to sign I think the Cowboys could be a good Defensive team. It all starts up front with the line.

  • Old Frog

    I read on a blog that Jerry wasn’t even in town during the Melton signing. If true, that means Jason, Stephen, and Rod did the deal which might indicate Jerry is finally passing the baton.

  • Earl Robertson

    I think with what they have now as long as Crawford and bass doesn’t have a set back all they need to do is draft 3 D linemen and the line will be ok because I would rather have young and hungry guys instead old guys that get hurt

  • MisterBeasley

    The defensive line will be great. I truly believe Selvie and Melton can be veteran anchors. Look at the year Selvie had-even as a rookie he was playing at a high level. If we can add in some Defensive line rookies like Kon Ealy-DE, Aaron Donald-DT, or even Timmy Jernigan-DT we look be fine in recovering from Free Agency.

  • txnomad

    Why spread the story out over 5 pages? To cut down on traffic by getting rid of annoyed visitors?

  • Tracyl

    And the guy everyone forgets, Anthony Spencer. If they can get him back with Crawford and Bass and they can all return to form I think we will have a deep D-line. Add Crighton or Donlad in the 1st round and maybe a Jeffcoat or sutton in the 2nd or 3rd round and bam. There won’t be any excuses then. At least until we have 20 different linemen go down with hamstring injuries.