Pre Combine Look at Defensive Tackles

There is alot of questions concerning perhaps one of the most important pieces in the transition from 3-4 to 4-3.  Instead of having Space Eaters at your Defensive Tackle position, you will have to have players that can stop the run and get to the QB.  4-3 Defensive Tackles need to be more athletic and have that vision and agility to get off the blocks and make plays around the ball at a higher level.

The Cowboys need help in the middle.  They have some players who might fill in and do nice things like Sean Lissemore, Jason Hatcher, and Ben Bass.  They have also add Brent Price and

Ikponmwosa “IKE” Igbinosun.  Ike is a physical wonder, but can he play football? Like so many other positions on this team, the Dallas Cowboys need help.  This draft might have the players that we need.

Star Lotulelei is going in the Top 5.  Sheldon Richardson and Shariff Flyod may be going in the Top 15.  Interesting thing with these two players is the amount of production they have had in just two seasons at Missouri and Florida.  Richardson: 112 Tackles, 18.5 TFL, 6 Sacks, 4 Pass Deflections and 4 Forced Fumbles.  Floyd: 92 Tackles, 19.5 TFL, 4.5 Sacks, 1 Pass Deflection and 1 Forced Fumble.  Which one of these players will fall is the question everyone is asking.  But I want to know more about Kawan Short.  This guy is a play maker.  The Type of player that shows up around the ball and disrupts plays.  He has 186 Tackles, 49 TFL, close to 20 sacks, 2 interceptions, 17 passes deflected and two forced fumbles.  If the Cowboys are interested in taking a risk and moving down, this would be a huge reason to do it.

There is value in other players as well like Jonathan Jenkins, Sylvester Williams, Bennie Logan and Akeem Spence from Indiana who was always finding the ball. Of the three Sylvester Williams has the most to prove and the most potential.  In two seasons at North Carolina, Williams had 96 Tackles, 20.5 TFL, and 9 sacks.  The guy still has not developed yet and has great size and speed.  With more Coaching, who knows what he can do.  Teams will wonder why he did not have a solid end to his season.  Was it competition, hunger, or what.  If he can provide some type of answer to them, he just might make a team very happy.

Josh Boyd (Mississipi State), Abry Jones (Georgia), and Spencer Nealy (Texas A&M) are names to watch out for.  Just because your College team asks you to do something, doesn’t mean that this is what you will be doing in the Pros.  They may be some of the Talent that we will be looking for in this 4-3.  How they perform at their Pro-days will be interesting.  Boyd and Jones will be at the Combine.


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