So many defensive tackles went and none were selected by the Dallas Cowboys. Aaron Donald, Timmy Jernigan, Caraun Reid, and many others were all options, but the Cowboys had more pressing needs. Besides, Rod Marinelli already loves what he has in Terrell McClain, Ben Bass, and Tyrone Crawford. Henry Melton will be the starting 3-technique defensive tackle in 2014, but it is uncertain who will be the starting 1-technique defensive tackle. With the addition of Northern Illinois’ Ken Bishop, it will be a heated competition.
When you take a look at Bishop, the first thing you notice is his demeanor and his desire. Bishop was a junior college transfer and he has improved in each college season. At 6’2″, 310 pounds, Bishop has the perfect size to be an impact 1-technique defensive tackle in the NFL. Another good thing I see when watching Bishop is his hand usage. As a defensive tackle, Bishop will need to take on double teams consistently. But if he gets into a one-on-one situation, Bishop may have the advantage against his opponent because of his ability to use his hands. Bishop has quick feet and he displays a ton of leg drive in the middle of the field.
I have said it before and I will say it again, Rod Marinelli is one of the best defensive line coaches in the league and Bishop will be learning from one of the bests. It’s unfair to determine how big of an impact Bishop will have in 2014, but defensive tackle was a need and Bishop has the frame to play either defensive tackle position in the 4-3.