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+
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