Following the Dallas Cowboys’ recent draft haul, here are three of the team’s existing veterans who appear to have lost the most following the event.
The Dallas Cowboys injected both talent and youth into their roster over the weekend via the 2019 NFL Draft. And as excited as many fans are for the new faces on the roster, the harsh reality is there are only a limited amount of roster spots.
For every young prospect that makes the Cowboys’ final 53-man roster, there is a veteran who may have to find a new home. Below we try to determine which three existing veterans on the Cowboys’ current roster lost the most following the results of the draft.
The surprise selection of Penn State guard Connor McGovern in the third round could have the biggest impact on Su’a-Filo. The 2014 second rounder who was able to overtake rookie Connor Williams last season at left guard midseason. But this summer, the sixth-year veteran will likely have to battle Williams, McGovern and Joe Looney for the starting role. May the best man win.
Tavon Austin, WR
The Cowboys used their first of two fourth-round selections to add Memphis playmaker Tony Pollard to their roster. Pollard, who can play at running back, wide receiver and be a quality special teams returner shares the exact same skill set Austin brings to the table. Dallas struggled to get Austin involved last season, due in part to a hamstring injury. Now the concern is how to get them both involved.
Austin is only on a one-year deal with the Cowboys this season, where he can earn up to $2 million. If Pollard flashes the potential to be a faster, cheaper option this summer, what’s stopping Dallas from simply moving on from the 29-year old veteran before the season even starts?
Maliek Collins, DT
A third-round selection in the now legendary 2016 NFL Draft class, Collins’ time in Dallas seems to be nearing its end. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, the talented defensive tackle has been unable to build on his promising rookie season due to injuries. The selection of defensive tackle Trysten Hill in the second round of the recent draft likely means Dallas is prepared to move on from Collins after this season barring a breakout performance.