For several years now, interior defensive line play has been an issue for the Dallas Cowboys. Dating back to the Indianapolis Colts in the 2018 regular season and the Los Angeles Rams in the ensuing playoffs, the Cowboys have struggled to stop the run from the interior. Those issues continued to show themselves in a 2020 season that saw the Cowboys allow the second-most rushing yards at 158.8 per game.
The Cowboys look pretty well set on the edge with DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, Dorance Armstrong, and Bradlee Anae under contract for 2021. Jerry Jones expressed interest in bringing back Aldon Smith, which gives the Cowboys a really nice group to work with on the outside. Therefore, finding interior players to bolster their run defense is of high priority this offseason. Their first opportunity to do so will be when NFL free agency opens at 4 pm E.T. on March 18th.
Because the Cowboys will get Trysten Hill back and Neville Gallimore showed some flashes, I don’t imagine they’ll need to look for a 3-technique type defensive tackle. So, we’ll be looking at guys who could be starters for the Cowboys at 1-technique (nose) defensive tackle.
So let’s take a look at 3 defensive tackles the Cowboys should target this spring.
3 Free Agent Defensive Tackles for the 2021 Dallas Cowboys