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Dallas Cowboys: Grading the Ken Bishop Pick

It took awhile, but the Dallas Cowboys used their fourth pick in the seventh round on a defensive tackle. That player was a Ken Bishop, a “quick-twitch” defensive tackle who shows a ton of versatility to play multiple positions on the defensive line. After signing Henry Melton in free agency, the Cowboys already have their 3-technique starter, but depth was a problem last year and Bishop, if he makes the team, will be a nice addition as a rotational player. Something to remember is that Melton is coming off reconstructive knee surgery.

If Melton stays healthy, the 3-technique position is likely set and stone, but there is still a starting job opening at the 1-technique defensive tackle position. The 1-technique defensive tackle has to be bigger than Melton and he will have to take on double teams on almost every down. The players in the mix right now are Bishop, Ben Bass, and Tyrone Crawford. Bishop will have his work cut out for him, but if he puts on some weight, Bishop has the makings to be a nice fit at the position.

The Cowboys brought Bishop in for a workout and it is clear that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli likes him. Marinelli has said how the Cowboys will use a rotation approach in 2014 and the Northern Illinois will definitely be in the mix for a ton of playing time.

Final Grade: B+

Click here to see our grade on the Zack Martin pick.

Click here to see our grade on the Demarcus Lawrence pick.

Click here to see our grade on the Anthony Hitchens pick.

Stay tuned for our grade on seventh-round pick Terrance Mitchell.


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  • JoeDaBeast

    Nice quick and concise write-up. Looking forward to training camp!

  • Greg Hill

    Quick twitch with tons of versatility to play multi positions on the DL? The pre- draft reports reveal a lack of a quick burst. Also, he only had 3.5 sacks the last two years in college. At 6ft and 305 lbs, his lack of height will be problematic when dealing with tall OL who outweigh him and have longer arms. An inability to rush the qb and too short to get off blocks how do you expect him to make any plays? At best, he might make a decent special teams player. Also, why do the cowboys continue to sign players to new contracts with knee issues such as Melton? He will be spending more time in the training room beside Spencer than on the field.