The NFL Draft is over and the Cowboys have a new group of talented players to help the team. Without a first round pick (traded for Amari Cooper), the team's first selection came in at number 58 where they took defensive tackle Trysten Hill from UCF.
Most Cowboys fans were hoping the team would draft a safety at 58, especially with players like Taylor Rapp and Juan Thornhill still on the board. However, defensive tackle is by far a more pressing need for many reasons.
The Cowboys formula for winning is running the ball on offense and stopping the run on defense. When you look at last season, teams were beating Dallas if they got the ground game going. In 5 of the 6 regular season losses, the Cowboys gave up over 100 yards rushing. Let's also not forget the 273 yards they gave up to the Rams in the playoff loss.
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When the defensive tackles aren't wrapping people up, their job is to get penetration and occupy blockers allowing the linebackers to roam free. The Cowboys have really good sideline to sideline backers in Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, and Sean Lee. All three are heat-seeking missiles, but only when they are free to run and don't have a larger 300-pound offensive lineman putting their hands on them.
The safety position isn't exactly loaded but the defensive tackle position was severely lacking in talent. Antwan Woods played well but that was his first time earning a starting gig in his career and he went undrafted back in 2016. Maliek Collins played pretty well but he ended the season with only 19 tackles and the depth of Ross and Covington is nothing to get excited about.
Trysten Hill is hands down more talented than any player the Cowboys have on their roster at this position and he should be able to win the position battle quickly. Hill is 6'3, 305 pounds with a great burst. His ability to control the line of scrimmage and give offensive lineman fits should make all the difference for the Cowboys linebacker group and their run defense as a whole.
The Cowboys only gave up 1,513 rushing yards which were the 5th fewest in the league. In the Cowboys 7 losses in 2018 (including the Rams playoff loss), they gave up a total of 1,054 rushing yards. The Cowboys winning formula is simple. Run the ball effectively then stop the run defensively. Cowboys win with this formula more often than not.
With Dallas already adding George Iloka at safety and the loss of David Irving, the need at defensive tackle was obvious. In 2019, look for Trysten Hill to eat up offensive lineman while the Cowboys display the best linebacking duo in the league with "VanJaylon".
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