5 Draft sleepers Dallas Cowboys fans need to know

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Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Western Kentucky. player. DEFENSIVE TACKLE. Brodric Martin. . 123

The positive for the Dallas Cowboys is they have plenty of bodies to fill the different roles of Defensive Tackle. Osa Odighizuwa and Chauncey Golston will be in their third season while the team re-signed run stopper Jonathan Hankins.

Hankins’ presence was certainly felt while Osa and Golston both made progress in 2022, but much like the situation at CB, Hankins is an older player and if he’s lost for one reason or another things become questionable for the Cowboys run D.

Broderic Martin from Western Kentucky would step in and immediately challenge Quinton Bohanna and Neville Gallimore, not just for their playing time, but perhaps for one of their roster spots. And despite being a bit of a fan pet-cat and a fun player to discuss, newly converted DT Isaac Alacron has very few expectations placed on him.

Most see him as a sixth or seventh round player. It all depends on what you’re looking for. With the big emphasis put on the pass rush, sure, Martin lacks in that area.

However, pass rush isn’t an issue for the Cowboys, especially when they’ve added CB depth that prevents teams from turning to a quick passing game. Now the answer from other teams would strictly be to run the ball and Martin makes that kind of life hard.

At 6’5″ 335lbs, Martin has great limbs with 35″ arms (best in class among DTs) that should grab the attention of NFL teams. His pad level and anchor need work, which is a big deal for a Nose Tackle, but if he’s able to correct that issue then teams will hate dealing with a run stopping interior tandem/rotation like Hankins and Martin.