Dallas Cowboys: Five Options to Replace Gerald McCoy

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Tyrone Crawford

The first name on this list is of course Tyrone Crawford. Crawford has played across the defensive front and has shown that he can get to the quarterback on the inside of the line. He isn’t the best run stuffing defensive tackle, but he can get pressure up the middle while Lawrence and crew rush from the outside.

Crawford isn’t the most popular pick among Cowboys faithful, but he is underappreciated and should get some consideration. There are some rookies and young players to rotate in with him to allow him some rest, and his locker room presence is well known. If I am the Cowboys I might give him a shot, but I am still looking for more run stuffing.

Neville Gallimore

A lesser known commodity Gallimore was picked up in this year’s NFL draft. While it is unlikely that a rookie makes the kind of impact that the Cowboys are looking to replace in McCoy, Gallimore could give the Cowboys some quality against the run up the middle with Crawford backing up Gallimore. This would be much like Crawford in that it would be more of a committee thing, but Gallimore could give the youth, power, and speed that the Cowboys can work with.

Justin Hamilton is also on the roster and with a mix of the three the Cowboys could find enough production to not feel like they have to replace McCoy from the outside. The next few days should give a better indication of what the Cowboys will do, but this is a real possibility.