Many analysts and fans alike are frustrated with the performance of linebacker Jaylon Smith. It’s hard to ignore that he has been inconsistent, but I think there are other things to look at first.
The defensive line isn’t doing anything to help out in the run game, forcing Jaylon to be the hero every play. That and clearly defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s scheme is not fit for the Cowboys’ roster.
Let’s move forward as if Jerry was to get rid of Jaylon as some people wish. Who could step in and play better? Let’s take a look at some options.
Much like the Jets, the Jacksonville Jaguars are offloading their talents for draft picks. Among them could be a recognizable name in Myles Jack. The former second-round pick has three more seasons under contract ranging from $12 million to $13.9 million against the cap.
Much like Jaylon, Jack is a speedy linebacker that can run sideline to sideline. He stepped up his game in pass coverage, holding quarterbacks to under a 65 percent completion percentage and a 50 passer rating.
That was while ensuring ball-carriers felt his presence. He would have had 90+ tackles in three straight seasons from 2017-2019, but injuries cut short his 2019 season short. He missed five games last season and one game so far this season, although he hasn’t missed a game before last season.
A familiar name for the Dallas Cowboys is Jordan Hicks. He is a former Philadelphia Eagle that has been great as a run-stuffing linebacker. Good for Dallas since they need a lot of help defending the run.
His contract runs through the 2022 season with a cap hit of $9 million in the upcoming seasons. It’s a great price for someone that had 150 tackles last season.
Dallas’ poor run defense would benefit a ton with his presence. The passing defense would have to be dealt with elsewhere, or Hicks would need some work.
There are a lot of options for Dallas to explore. Regardless, if they make a move, it will likely be at the trade deadline. But, it doesn’t hurt to throw options out there.
The Cowboys should look to make a move at either safety or somewhere along the defensive line. Who knows, they may have a high draft pick and find an impact player early on day one. What do you think they should do? Tweet me and let me know in the comments section below.