Dallas Cowboys: Is drafting two defensive tackles the answer?
The Dallas Cowboys draft board should be set by now. Could these two defensive tackles be on it and could they solve the weakness of the defense?
The Dallas Cowboys are ready to get this draft started and with a few days left until the draft they should have narrowed down their preferred players. I believe that in this draft the Cowboys will take not one but two defensive tackles in the upcoming draft. The two I believe they could select are UCF defensive tackle Trysten Hill and a true one technique and Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise to play the three-technique.
This Dallas Cowboys defensive weakness was on full display in the loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs giving up 273 total rushing yards. The depth and talent of their interior line was exploited and was the main reason they lost that game. Drafting Hill and Wise would help to bolster an otherwise highly effective defense.
Both bring skills that would immediately impact how offenses would be able to attack the defense. First both Hill and Wise have first step quickness off the snap of the ball to cause problems for both guards and centers. That quickness will if added will force running backs to break outside towards their defensive ends and linebackers.
In the passing game, it will force the quarterback to throw the ball earlier and move the pocket. Helping defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn get more pressure and disrupt passing plays. Something the Cowboys have needed for a very long time.
They fit the profile of a typical Rod Marinelli interior defensive lineman. Now all that remains to be seen is if the Cowboys are able to pull the trigger on both players in the draft. If they are then they will be turning their defensive weakness into an immediate strength.
Let’s hope the Dallas Cowboys can draft these two defensive tackles. Because if they do … look out! This Dallas’ defense would not have a real weakness in 2019.