Three Defensive Tackles the Dallas Cowboys Can Target this Off-Season (Draft, Trade, Free-Agent Signing)

Published 01/28/2021, 2:22 PM EST
Dec 20, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (30) reacts after an interception against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Cowboys had an awful season last year. The historic franchise lost Dak Prescott last season due to injury and struggled to muster any kind of solid performance against their opponents. The Cowboys ended the year with a 6-10 record at the end and failed to miss the playoffs.

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The glaring problem for the roster right now is their defensive unit. More often than not, the Cowboys lose games because of their inability to stop opposing offenses from making strides. But like most problems in the NFL, it isn’t unfixable. The Cowboys just need to acquire a top-performing defensive tackle to clean up after the unit.

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Listed below are one trade, draft prospect, and potential free-agent signing for the Cowboys to address their defensive tackle concerns.

Dallas Cowboys trade for Quinnen Williams from the Jets

This solution provides the Cowboys with a young and potentially long-term option at the DT position. Quinnen Williams entered the league in 2019 as the third overall pick. While his rookie year was a little shaky, Williams found his feet this year. Despite the Jets being a struggling franchise, Williams did show that he has great potential in the NFL.

The Cowboys could use a slew of picks to convince the Jets to give up Quinnen Williams. Given the poor form, the Jets had this year, any trade that bolsters their potential to rebuild will be considered. His arrival would allow the defensive coaches to build defensive schemes with Williams being the cleaner.

The Cowboys draft Haskell Garrett from Ohio State

Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) fumbles the ball as Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Haskell Garrett (92) reaches for it during the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Russell Costanza-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys could draft Haskell Garrett using their 2021 draft pick. In Ohio, Garrett was mentored by Larry Johnson, one of the most renowned defensive line coaches in college football. During the season, Garrett had some solid numbers. Across the season, Haskell had 17 tackles, including 10 solos. Garrett is an impressive talent that the Cowboys should take up if given the chance.

Dallas Cowboys sign Dalvin Tomlinson in free agency

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Jan 3, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is sacked by New York Giants nose tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (94) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Tomlinson started his career as a defensive end. However, the New York Giants eventually asked him to move to the tackle. Since then, Tomlinson has slowly adapted to the position and steadily improved during his time in the NFL. He becomes a free agent this off-season and will have plenty of suitors. However, the Cowboys must do everything in their power to stay in the mix for him.

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Can the Dallas Cowboys improve their team this off-season? Improving the defensive unit is their priority right now, and if they can get any one of these players at the tight end position, it will go a long way in doing that.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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