3 young Cowboys defenders who need to level up in 2021

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Neville Gallimore, Dallas Cowboys
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Neville Gallimore, DT

There’s been a ton of talk about the defensive tackle position in Dallas. And that makes sense when you consider the Cowboys allowed 158.8 rushing yards per game last year, the second-most in the NFL.

Yet, Dallas may believe they have the answer already in-house in 2020 third-round selection, Neville Gallimore. Coming out of Oklahoma, Gallimore was considered to be much more of a disruptor than a run-stopper. Joe Marino of The Draft Network described him as a good fit for teams that want to defend the run on the way to the quarterback.

The 6-foot-2, 304-pound defensive tackle played just 36% of the defensive snaps as a rookie, recording 28 total tackles, four tackles for loss, four QB hits, and 0.5 sack as a nine-game starter.

While the Cowboys could look to add a true one-technique to pair with Gallimore, it’s clear Dallas will be relying on young defensive tackles like Gallimore and Trysten Hill to level up under the team’s third defensive coordinator in as many years.