Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster prediction (post-OTA edition) V2.0

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Dallas Cowboys Defense

Defensive line (10): DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, Brent Urban, Neville Gallimore, Osa Odighizuwa, Tarell Basham, Chauncey Golston, Quinton Bohanna, Bradlee Anae, RonDell Carter

First, the not so surprising – Tank is the best linemen on the team and despite the regression last year, he’s still better than the sack/pressure numbers indicate. Look for a bounce-back season from him in 2021.

Gregory is on the verge of exploding this year. He was a top-10 pass-rusher down the stretch last year and for the first time in his career, he’s getting a full offseason of work on the heels of a pretty solid campaign.

Brent Urban is a run-stuffer who can play across the line. He’s by far the best option at 1-tech and will get a heavy workload inside. Gallimore and the rookie Odighizuwa will battle it out for starting 3-tech. Tarell Basham is a versatile lineman would should help at a variety of spots and Chauncey Golston will spend time at both edge and 3-tech.

Rookie run-stuffers usually don’t make the team but I think Bohanna is the exception this year. The first reserve 1-tech just missing the cut is Carlos Watkins for me. Watkins isn’t great but he’s stability and Dallas will take that inside in case one of the others falters or falls to injury.

My surprise pick is Ron’Dell Carter. He’s a tantalizing prospect who’s spent some time in the system. He has a good ceiling and I think he’ll put it together this year.

Notable cuts are Trysten Hill and Dorance Armstrong. Hill just isn’t good enough or likeable enough for the coaching staff to want and Armstrong just hasn’t developed. While Armstrong is a pet cat of mine, he’s plateaued as a prospect so I think the new coaching staff will choose Bradlee Anae over him.