2. Jabril Cox, LB
When it appeared Leighton Vander Esch was about to head out in free agency, it seemed as if it was about to open the door for Jabril Cox who is entering year three in the NFL. A former standout at North Dakota State, Cox had a great season in 2020 after transferring to LSU.
There were still some questions due to the competition he played against for most of his career but he was still considered a steal in Round 4 for Dallas.
Unfortunately, a torn ACL ended his rookie season and he was absent for much of the 2022 campaign as well with just six tackles in nine appearances.
To make things tougher on him, the Cowboys added a former teammate last year when they drafted Damone Clark out of LSU. Clark fell to day three due to a neck injury but was back sooner than expected and had 47 tackles as a rookie.
With Vander Esch back, Dallas will go with Clark, LVE, and Micah Parsons as their top linebackers. They also have high hopes for Devin Harper, who is expected to replace Luke Gifford on special teams. This is going to be a big season for Cox as he aims to make a mark but it won’t be easy as he keeps sliding down the depth chart.