When the Dallas Cowboys selected Trysten Hill in the draft they followed a similar draft strategy they used in 2014 when they selected DeMarcus Lawrence
When the Dallas Cowboys selected Trysten Hill in the second round of the NFL Draft, it caused some waves around Cowboys Nation. Not only were they selecting a player many in the draft community slotted a little lower on the board, but it passed over many high value players who inexplicably fell – players who happen to play at a position of need for the Cowboys.
In post draft conversations with the Dallas Cowboys’ front office (including the personnel office), we’ve gathered some insight into the controversial selection. And it was strikingly similar to what once made them pick our newly re-signed, DeMarcus Lawrence five years ago.
The Lawrence Draft
Lawrence, a talented pass rusher out of Boise State, was a rare commodity in the 2014 NFL Draft. The edge rusher was the last of his kind: an explosive edge man with length, bend, and active hands capable of filling the all-important right defensive end spot.
Note: Obviously he eventually became an elite LEFT defensive end, but that was not initially the plan for him.
Much like all NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys front office scouted traits. And Lawrence had the kind of traits the Cowboys needed. The only problem was, they only saw three of these edge players in the 2014 Draft, and two of them already went off the board.
What did Dallas do? They moved up to spot 33 at the top of the second round. They couldn’t afford to not address the position in the draft and felt they NEEDED to get their man, even if it meant giving up other options to do so (Dallas traded their 2nd and 3rd round pick to move up).
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The same thing just happened in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Dallas Cowboys only had a handful of players they deemed to be legitimate starting 3-technique under tackles. With only a couple capable under tackles available, and Hill the clear best of them remaining, Dallas pulled the trigger. They simply couldn’t afford to miss out on this position, just like they couldn’t afford to miss out on DeMarcus Lawrence back in 2014.
Note: As many know, the under tackle is a key cog in the Rod Marinelli defense and it’s a position that’s yet to be adequately filled.
Drafting Hill follows the same thinking as a team that “reaches” on a quarterback. The position is too important to skip over. If the need is there, a solution must be found. It’s a position this team considers too important to skip for a year.
Needless to say, this all worked out for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 when they added DeMarcus Lawrence. Let’s hope they find similar success with the rookie Trysten Hill
- Published on 05/08/2019 at 11:00 AM
- Last updated at 05/08/2019 at 07:10 AM