Dallas Cowboys Round Three
Tommy Togiai – Defensive Tackle – Ohio State
The first name to reappear from my last mock is Tommy Togiai. Another name offensive tackle James Hudson was the second-most picked, but Hudson was off the board a little too often. Togiai fills the need for a true 1-technique defensive tackle for the Cowboys and helps against the run right away.
Togiai is a stout defender who rarely gets pushed off the line. his first step isn’t the best in the draft, but he provides enough to not be a liability at all. His hands are really good as is his base. He is a strong defender, but his agility and movement really surprises interior linemen. His ability to mix up his power and finesse helps him get into gaps and stop a ball carrier. Moving down the line helps him get to the ball quickly and if he gets to a gap first will rarely lose.
Togiai isn’t the tallest nor is he the best in pass-rushing, but he has all the skills to be a single gap run defender who can push the pocket enough to worry a passer. His reach won’t be ideal, but uses his finesse to overcome this and will need to refine himself a little more at the next level. He would open up gaps, stop the run, and that is exactly what the Cowboys need.
Other picks: James Hudson and Chazz Surratt