With the 180th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select …
Benito Jones, Defensive Tackle – Ole Miss
Career Stats: 45 games played, 132 total tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble
Last season, the Dallas Cowboys interior defensive linemen seemed to be easily pushed around because the old coaching staff preferred smaller, quicker linemen over big block eating linemen.
That sounds like it’s going to change in 2020 under McCarthy and Nolan which is a good thing for linebackers Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith who will have more lanes to attack the ball carriers. It will also help on passing downs when twists and stunts are used to get defensive ends a path to the quarterback.
At the Senior Bowl, we heard Will McClay talk about the Cowboys looking at bigger boys for the middle of the defensive line in the 2020 NFL Draft and Jones is one of the biggest you’ll find.
Jones’s size gives him the ability to take on double teams and hold up and the point of attack and makes him the perfect fit for what the Cowboys are looking for in the middle of the defensive line. But that’s not all that Jones will bring to the defense because for a man his size he has shown the ability to get into the backfield on running plays and passing plays and make plays.
Putting Jones in the middle of the defensive line could pay major dividends for a defense that has been gashed by the run over the past few years.
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