The Dallas Cowboys have begun their formal meetings with 2020 NFL Draft prospects, and have shown heavy interest in the defensive tackle position.
With the NFL scouting combine underway, the Dallas Cowboys have shown interest in some of the biggest names at the defensive tackle position. The team has reportedly had formal meetings with South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw, Alabama’s Raekwon Davis, and Auburn’s Marlon Davidson. This signals the Cowboys could very well use their first-round pick on a big man in the middle.
There is no secret that the Cowboys are in need of a tenacious player in the middle. Last season they struggled in stopping the run, as defensive tackle Antwaun Woods battled injuries throughout the year. With starting defensive tackle Maliek Collins hitting free agency this offseason, the Cowboys could look to rebuild in the draft.
Kinlaw from South Carolina has all the measurements NFL scout’s drool over. Standing at 6-foot-6, 310 lbs., he has the frame of someone who can dominate the middle of the defensive line. In 2019, Kinlaw accumulated 35 total tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, and 6.0 sacks.
Davis, a defensive tackle from Alabama has also gained interest from the Cowboys. He has an even bigger frame than Kinlaw, standing at 6 feet 7 inches and weighing 312 lbs. In 2019, Davis had 47 total tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks.
Davidson was also a name the Cowboys have shown interest in. A little smaller than Kinlaw and Davis, measuring in at 6-foot-3, 282 lbs., he still has the wide and stocky build a team would want in the middle of their defensive line. Davidson had 48 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks in his 2019 senior season.
Davidson talked about America’s Team in his combine interview saying he like everything about the Cowboys. According to The Draft Network’s Jonah Tuls, the defensive tackle prospect finds it very similar to his college experience.
It seems evident that under new head coach Mike McCarthy the Dallas Cowboys are looking for ways to make the defense more efficient and tenacious. The interest the team is showing in bigger run-stopping defensive tackles is something former head coach Jason Garrett did not. I believe this change will ultimately pay off for the Cowboys in 2020.