3 Cowboys Defenders on Thin Ice With Mike Zimmer's New Personnel Plans

With a new defensive coordinator, these 3 Cowboys could be in trouble

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There's always more that goes on during the NFL Scouting Combine than just players running drills. With every team coming together, it's also a chance for teams to meet up with one another and the media can also pick the brains of decision-makers. For the Dallas Cowboys, that included a quick interview with someone who is often doing his work behind the scenes.

Will McClay — who is the real general manager of the Cowboys — goes by the title of vice president of player personnel. He took some time to talk to Nicole Hutchinson and Nick Harris and dove into their plans with Mike Zimmer taking over as the defensive coordinator.

McClay said they will look to bring in bigger bodies and they already started kicking some tires by meeting with T'Vondre Sweat from Texas. They will also be targeting linebackers, which makes sense considering their lack of depth. This strategy could lead to several players hitting the chopping block — including these three current Cowboys.

3. Chauncey Golston, DE/DT

Selected in the third round of 2021 NFL Draft out of Iowa, Chauncey Golston carved out a nice role as a 3-tech in Dan Quinn's defensive scheme. A defensive end by trade, Golston is undersized (6-foot-5, 268-pounds) for the interior but used his quickness to his advantage.

Still, his production was minimal. Dallas is guilty of falling in love with 3-techs who can rush the passer yet don't produce sacks. Sure, Golston can be disruptive but he has 3.5 sacks in three seasons. He's also one of the lower-graded defensive tackles against the run. Unless Zimmer believes he can excel on the EDGE, then Golston might be on the chopping block.