Predicting the Cowboys’ defensive end depth chart for 2022
Practice squad/cut candidates: Markaviest “Big Kat” Bryant, Mika Tafua
On the outside looking in are a couple of UDFA additions. Bryant and Tafua were both brought in to compete for one of the remaining roster spots, but it is looking like the two may be looking at the practice squad for an opportunity.
Bryant was a highly touted recruit for Auburn, but ultimately never lived up to his potential, before transferring to UCF for his fifth and final collegiate season. He finished his last season with 50 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and six sacks. He could potentially make a jump to the active roster barring injury due to his run-stopping ability.
An underrated UDFA addition, Tafua enjoyed a solid career at Utah and really broke out as a fourth-year junior. In his final season, the Ute wreaked havoc in the backfield, recording 48 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. With pass-rushing seemingly not being an issue for the Cowboys, it will be difficult for Tafua to earn a spot on the active roster this season.
The Cowboys normally opts for six defensive ends, and this may even be more of a stretch with Parsons counting as a seventh in a way. The only way one of these two makes the 53-man roster is if someone like Basham or Golston causes issues or doesn’t show improvement and the other two severely impress in camp.