Start: Taco Charlton
Bench: Kerry Hyder
Cut: Dorance Armstrong
*Disclaimer: ALL of these guys will be on the 53 man roster. NONE of these guys will be starting.*
So yeah… This is an interesting result. I had to think about it for a little bit and I’m still a bit indecisive about this order. However, I think this lineup correctly judges the potential and roles the team favors.
Even though I made a decent case as to why Taco should be cut, his potential of all these 3 guys is the highest. He has a body that can get much bigger, he possesses the best burst of the group, and he has the long arms that really benefit defensive ends in this defense.
Understandably the attitude is something he needs to overcome. Dorance and Kerry have constant motors and impressive work ethics, which makes sense considering they were viewed as inferior prospects coming out of college. Charlton on the other hand was a first round commodity that drafted before a certain brother who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Taco is going through his face of adversity and I believe he will come out on top this season.
So this leaves Hyder and Armstrong. The reason I chose Hyder over Armstrong is because of experience. There is enough film and production from Hyder to know what he provides and how to use him. Armstrong is still an unknown commodity no matter how much college film you watch. The big boy game is not the college game.
Even though Armstrong is a better athlete than a Hyder, Hyder can play a specific role in pass rushing. In Hyder’s best season he had 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits. His bull rushing was effective and it helped his teammates grab a breather. Armstrong could be an every down edge, but as it stands, Lawrence, Crawford, Quinn, and Taco all do a better job than Dorance.
Dorance is left out because he doesn’t bring a different skill. His variety as a pass rusher and stopper ironically is not unique to this group of defensive linemen. With that, we conclude this game of Dallas Cowboys “Start, Bench, and Cut”.