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2021 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Select Kentucky DT Quinton Bohanna

After a defensive-heavy Thursday and Friday, the Dallas continued adding players to their on Saturday. In addition to on Friday night, the Cowboys spent another draft pick on a defensive with the 192nd pick in the . Coming to Dallas is the 1-technique defensive tackle, Quinton Bohanna.

Bohanna comes in at 6-4 and 327 pounds and is a highly experienced player out of the University of Kentucky. Bohanna joins a 1-technique defensive tackle rotation with and and has an opportunity to gain significant snaps.

With his size, he’s able to take up a lot of space in the middle and plays with a lot of power and ferocity. Here’s what The Athletic’s had to say Kentucky Defensive Tackle Quinton Bohanna:

“A four-year starter at Kentucky, Bohanna played in Mark Stoops’ 4-2-5 hybrid scheme, playing over the A-gap and the . His statistical resume is unimpressive (59 tackles, 2.0 in 45 games), but his value went beyond the stat sheet – his absence was obvious and affected the entire defense during the three-game stretch in 2020 when he was sidelined with a knee . Bohanna has the impressive size, wingspan and body mass to occupy multiple gaps and defenders, overwhelming with raw power. He is a bully inside, but he will sacrifice his discipline, balance and pad level in his pursuit of making plays. Overall, Bohanna is a role-specific prospect and offers minimal value, but he is a short-area space-eater who can maintain his spot. He projects as a rotational two-gapping nose tackle.”

Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Bohanna now represents the seventh defensive player the Cowboys have selected in the 2021 NFL Draft as they attempt to remake their defense in ’s image. His size and power will be welcomed additions to a that has struggled the last couple of seasons and will help Linebackers , , , and clean in the .

What do you think?


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  1. VAM- Yea ur right about Odighizua. Went back and looked at the scouting reports on him, and he is considered good against the run. Goes to show u our knee jerk reaction isn’t always the right one. On that note also feeling better about the Bohanna pick as a two down NT for us. He might be that space eater we need in the middle. Who cares if he’s not a three down linemen. He can fill a valuable role and we only used a 6th rounder on him.

  2. Gary b, despite being “undersized”, DT Odighizua plays the run well. He was considered one of the most impressive player at the Senior Bowl, “tremendous in run defense”. In his last full year at UCLA, 2019, had 46 tackles, which is favorable when looking at other DT prospects, even the larger ones. For what its worth.

  3. Waited till the 6th round to get a NT well that figures. A 6th round talent at a big position of need. Outside of Parsons none of our draftees is known as a run stopper. They had several legit candidates in the 4th round. Teams will continue running the ball down our throats and utilize ball control to keep our high powered offense off the field.

  4. Well they got their space eater. SAF A Washington is still out there if they have plans on picking one. I
    guess he is dropping because he’s undersized, but he is a playmaker who can tackle.

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