Similar to the Linebacker situation the Dallas Cowboys had going into the draft, the Defensive Tackle room has several bodies, but not quite enough productivity. Stopping the run continued to be an issue in 2022 with Jonathan Hankins playing a limited role due to being an in-season trade addition and was also sidelined by injury for several games. Devonnsha Maxwell out of Chattanooga provides another big body in the room to push the in-house competition.
As it stands, Osa Odighizuwa and Hankins are the DTs you feel are quality at their job. Chauncey Golston came on late and could be looking at a breakout 2023 season, but is still only a part time interior player. Neville Gallimore and Quinton Bohanna have both underwhelmed in their time with the Dallas Cowboys and that is where Maxwell has a chance to compete for role.
Maxwell was an incredibly productive player while at Chattanooga, setting the school and conference career sacks record with 37.5 and added 55.5 TFLs. He also had five forced fumbles.
At 6’2″ 290lbs, 33 1/8″ arms along with modest athletic testing, Maxwell doesn’t “wow” with his stature. It’s his pass rush repertoire and play recognition that makes him a player the Dallas Cowboys don’t want to fight for in priority free agency.
With wide receiver and cornerback being addressed via trade, the Dallas Cowboys can now use the best player available strategy mixed with team needs.