Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft
Round 5, Pick 139
DT Tedarrell Slaton
6-foot-5, 358 lbs
Ideally, we don’t wait until the fifth round to address what is arguably the Dallas Cowboys’ weakest position. But we assume two things about this offseason:
- With the free agent market expected to be flooded at DT, Dallas will sign a proven starter in March
- Dallas still doesn’t value 1-tech DTs in the draft or free agency and will be waiting until Day 3 to take a stab at one.
Trysten Hill appears to be quick enough off the ball and he fits best as an under tackle on the Cowboys defense. Neville Gallimore is more versatile and looks like he can play either spot as long as he’s primarily tasked with 1-gapping (therefore ideal as a 3-tech).
Antwaun Woods, who we expect they’ll re-sign, is ideal as a rotational 1-tech. If they do indeed spend decent money on a free agent DT, it’ll probably be a 3-tech and not a 1-tech (again, they don’t really value 1-techs without penetration skills).
All of this sets up nicely for Slaton.
Slaton is Dallas’ developmental NT to work behind and eventually replace Woods at 1-tech. He also gives Dallas options if they want to run some more 2-gap inside in either odd or even man fronts.
The enormous prospect is ridiculously powerful. He’s a 2-down player who can bull-rush but doesn’t offer much in the form of pass-rush.