Dallas Cowboys Draft: 5 defensive tackles on the Cowboys’ radar

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Mazi Smith is the first name up as he has been mocked quite a bit to the Dallas Cowboys as is seen as a top-four player at the position. I personally have him at three, but I know some people have Calijah Kancey ahead of him, which I can actually see. But Smith offers a more traditional 1-tech skillset so we will start with him here.

A robust 323 pounds and standing at a little over six foot, Smith is a hard man to move and displays a ton of power.

When Smith makes contact with a lineman, he can uproot and overwhelm quickly. While he doesn’t display a ton of pass-rush moves at this point, his power allows him to push the line back into the pocket which helps him generate some disruption against the pass.

He is technically very sound as he didn’t have a single penalty last season. His short space movement is almost freakish for someone of his size and he uses plus vision to locate the ball.

Where Smith will need time is as a pass rush option. Right now he utilizes his power with not a ton of counters or movement. When he does get into the backfield, there are some concerns with length as he seems to almost get to the quarterback, but won’t always finish.

Due to his size he may need more rotation or he can potentially take a play off here and there. He is a monster against the run, so his upside is high. He should go anywhere from the bottom of the first to middle of the second.