5 Cowboys who need to hit the ground running at camp

Dallas Cowboys, Trysten Hill (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Trysten Hill, Dallas Cowboys
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Trysten Hill, DT

As a former second-rounder, it would be surprising for the Dallas Cowboys to give up on the potential of defensive tackle Trysten Hill after only two seasons. But Hill is suffering from a severe lack of sponsors in Dallas.

The 23-year old defender was the first pick by the Cowboys in the 2019 NFL Draft out of UCF. And while he was chosen to be a foundational piece for former defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s scheme, Hill barely saw the field as a rookie.

Under Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator last season, Hill started the first five games of his sophomore year. But a torn ACL ended his season in Week Five. During that span, Pro Football Focus gave him a lowly 33.8 grade for his overall play.

Now, under his third defensive coordinator in Dan Quinn, and having to learn yet another defensive scheme, Hill could be facing an uphill battle to even make the active roster this summer. If he is going to avoid The Turk, he’s likely going to have to have a very strong camp performance right out of the gate.