The Dallas Cowboys still need to add a true Linebacker. When they see the guy they like available they pass the SirVocea card to the podium.
Sirvocea Dennis out of Pitt joins a linebacker room that has as many questions as it does bodies.
Leighton Vander Esch returns after a stellar 2022 season for the Dallas Cowboys and the team expects a step forward from second year player Damone Clark. Beyond that nothing is for certain. Actually, with his injury history, even LVE can’t be considered “for certain.” So, bringing in a player like Dennis on day 3 is a big grab.
SirVocea Dennis has good game speed to go along with great timing on his blitzes. He closes quickly and delivers a solid blow to the ball carrier.
The part of his game that is most interesting to observe is how high effort his play is despite how effortless he makes it look. Dennis has a more lean build at 6′ 1/2″ 227lbs but the other measurables and testing help his cause.
With long 33″ arms and monster 10 1/2″ hands, Dennis flashed his athletic ability with a 41 1/2″ vertical at his Pro Day. Those parts of his tool box show up when playing around the line of scrimmage where Dennis racked up 15 sacks and 36 TFLs in his college career.
Beyond the play, Dennis was also a Captain of the defense in 2022. Those types of things (character, effort) are necessary when you lack ideal NFL Linebacker size. Meaning his initial role is likely to be on special teams to start out his career with the Dallas Cowboys. Dennis can eventually find himself playing significant snaps.