Dallas Cowboys 7-Round 2023 Mock Draft 3.0

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Dallas Cowboys – Round 7 – Nesta Jade Silvera –  Defensive Tackle – Arizona St.

Height: 6'2" Weight: 304lbs. Forty: 5.16 Wingspan: 78.63"

The Dallas Cowboys lack a big-bodied, young, 1-technique defensive tackle. Historically, Dallas neglects the defensive tackle position and I can see them waiting until the last round to address what might be the second biggest need on this team.

Dallas has been inconsistent when it comes to stopping opposing runners over the past decade. In hopes of steering the ship back on course, they obtained Johnathan Hankins last season from the Raiders and re-signed him this off-season. The problem may be that Hankins missed time last season and the lack of his presence was felt. That’s where Nesta Silvera comes in as a solid rotational piece on the interior as well as an insurance policy. Silvera is a powerful big-man with violent hands. He isn’t going to give you much in the pass-rush game but is quick out of his stance giving you a nice mixture of power and quickness.

As mentioned above, Silvera doesn’t give you much in the pass-rush game and would be asked to defend the run early and often if Hankins were to miss time or in short yardage and goal-line situations. He also relies heavily on one pass-rush move and that is his bull rush paired with his violent hands. As a potential 6th-7th round pick, you shouldn’t expect much more from the big man hailing from Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Where he fits in Dallas: Nesta Jade Silvera doesn’t project to be much more than a big-bodied rotational piece at the next level. With his lack of pass rush versatility, expect Silvera to be used in short yardage and goal-line situations best fitting as a 1-technique in Quinn’s four-man front.

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