Dallas Cowboys trade up for a unicorn in new mock draft

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Malcolm Koonce, Dallas Cowboys
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Edge - Buffalo . Dallas Cowboys. MALCOLM KOONCE. 238. player. 123.

After posting an impressive stat-line of 33 combined tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss, and 8.0 sacks in 11 games as a junior for Buffalo in 2019, edge rusher Malcolm Koonce was on pace to eclipse those numbers as a senior.

In six games, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end racked up a total of 30 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 5.0 sacks in nearly half the games he played the previous season.

Koonce falls to the Cowboys here in the seventh round as a tweener defender who may be a perfect fit for the LEO role in Dan Quinn’s defensive scheme. His lack of length and size will hurt him on the next level. But his quickness, ability to get small and high-end motor might allow him to be molded into a rotational rusher in Dallas.

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Malcolm Koonce could find himself a place on the active roster despite his late-round selection. The Cowboys opted not to re-sign starting defensive end Aldon Smith, who ended up with the Seattle Seahawks this offseason. Dallas appears to be relying on former second-rounder Randy Gregory to fill that void with the newly signed Tarell Basham also being in the mix.