The Dallas Cowboys continue to focus on the interior of their defensive line, adding Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore in the third round.
In the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys made UCF defensive tackle Trysten Hill their top selection, 58th overall. Following a coaching regime change this offseason, the position of defensive tackle continues to be a major focus.
Under new head coach Mike McCarthy and the subsequent hires of defensive coordinator Mike Noland and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, the Cowboys defense is heading in an exciting new direction. And that was made very evident with the recent free-agent signings of veteran defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe.
That trend continued Friday night during the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. After stealing Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb in the first round, and Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs in the second, Dallas opted to draft a defensive tackle in the third round.
With the 82nd overall selection, the Cowboys drafted Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore. At 6-foot-2, 304-pounds, Gallimore is a high-motor plugger and disruptor who needs to become a better finisher. And with McCoy and Poe to learn from, he’ll be given every opportunity to grow into his role in Dallas.
As a senior last season for the Sooners, Gallimore recorded 29 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, one pass deflection, and two forced fumbles in 13 games. In Dallas, the rookie projects to be a rotational player behind McCoy and Poe, with a rare opportunity to develop behind two former Pro Bowlers.
The addition of Neville Gallimore really puts into question the future of 2019 second rounder Trysten Hill. Drafted to be the centerpiece of former defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s defensive scheme, Hill struggled his rookie season, playing seven games and recording a total of five tackles. Still, he’s only 22-years old and has upside. But he also has a new coaching staff to impress this summer and more competition than ever.