Dallas Cowboys: Grading Jerry Jones’ 2021 draft class

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Chauncey Golston, Dallas Cowboys
Chauncey Golston #57 of the Iowa Hawkeyes (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 3. 878. DE. Iowa 6'5 269 LBS. ChaunceyGolston (84). player

To no one’s surprise, the Dallas Cowboys drafted defensive linemen. It comes after a 2020 season where no one stopped the run or sacked the quarterback. To help out, they added a run-stuffing defensive end.

Chauncey Golston was an explosive end with decent size. He jumped nine feet and 11 inches on his broad jump and 36 inches vertically. That is impressive for his six-foot-five-inch frame but is deflated by lacking agility. His speed and strength rank as average.

The Iowa product racked up 40+ tackles the past two seasons and finished the 2020 season with a career-high 5.5 sacks in eight games. Over the past three seasons, he made 12 tackles for a loss of yards. He was a 2020 first-team All-Big Ten selection and played in the Senior Bowl.

The run-stuffing edge rusher will add just that, a run-stopping presence. The Cowboys need it after allowing a whopping 2,541 rushing yards last season. He can try pushing for a rotational role on running downs but could have remained on the board as early as the fifth round.

Grade: D+