Even though the NFC East is still up for grabs it would be wise if the Dallas Cowboys gave more snaps to these five players to better determine their offseason plans
The Dallas Cowboys are floundering and playing the worst ball they’ve played in years. While they have a slight edge in claiming the NFC East crown, they don’t offer much hope to advance in the playoffs. Since most of the hope surrounding the franchise’s future resides in next season, we take the time to name young five players who we need to see more from before we move into the offseason and begin roster building.
We start with our top draft pick from 2019, Trysten Hill
Rookie defensive tackle, Trysten Hill has had an underwhelming first year with the Dallas Cowboys. With notable players like Juan Thronhill and Taylor Rapp still on the board, Dallas opted for a position which they valued highly, a position they needed greatly, and in a talent pool that was dwindling quickly.
If you remember, Dallas was lean at the 3-technique spot last offseason. With Tyrone Crawford preferring to focus on defensive end and Maliek Collins flipping and flopping between under tackle and nose tackle, Rod Marinell didn’t really have a clear option at the 3-tech. And since that interior position is considered one of the most important on his defense, the front office felt a little urgency in addressing it.
When the draft started unfolding, DTs with 3-tech abilities were falling off the board fast. It became clear if Dallas didn’t pick one with their top pick (in the second round), they would miss out entirely. And since safety, another need of theirs, was as deep as ever, they passed over higher rated players so they could secure the player the felt they most needed.
I won’t dive into the significant contributions the passed over players have made this season with their respective franchises. I will say that even when we don’t compare Trysten Hill to what could have been, it’s clear he’s been a disappointment this season.
Hill has only played 107 snaps and only logged four tackles 13 weeks in, but he’s trending in the right direction and arguably played the best game of his young career just last week. It’s important the Dallas Cowboys make every effort they can in getting Hill more snaps to get an idea of what they have in him and what kind of future he may offer.
If Hill can show he has a bright future ahead, Dallas will be less inclined to invest major capitol in the position this offseason. If he looks like he may be nothing more than a high-risk project, they may look to make a big signing or use a top draft pick in the spot once again.