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

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If the Dallas Cowboys want a more 3/5 style defensive tackle who offers more against the pass Calijah Kancey is an option in the late first round. There could be some option to use him on the edge due to his athleticism, so he may find himself moving inside and out at the next level.

An explosive player, Kancey will jump off the screen with a motor that doesn’t stop and a style of slashing that the Cowboys had hoped Trysten Hill and Neville Gallimore were to be.

Kancey is a very explosive player in movement with a good first step and active hands which allows him to engage and disengage quickly to slash through lines. His motor is always running and with his athleticism, he can chase down plays from behind or travel down the line to cut off an angle. He is hard for blockers to get their hands on cleanly, which allows him to use good flexibility and play through contact.

Kancey is a bit lacking for a lot of people in terms of length. He has to be technically sound every snap due to the length and size issues, so he could struggle as he develops early on. He isn’t great against the run as he can get pushed off his gap, so unless he slashes he could disappear. He may have to be off the field on the goal-line due to the size issues.