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Can Cowboys LB Vander Esch Do Enough to Win DROY?

At 3-5, there are very few positive things to point out when discussing the 2018 . One of those few things has been first-round rookie , whose play at has taken the league by surprise. Seen as a raw talent who could develop into an elite player with time as a prospect, Vander Esch's impact on the field has been immediate.

Through nine weeks in the NFL season, the Boise State product should definitely be in the discussion. As much as 's will hurt the Cowboys' , it will get the rookie more playing time and a big opportunity to put his name in the minds of voters.

Sean Lee will miss some time after re-injuring his hamstring for the second time this season. Earlier in the year, and Vander Esch were able to keep the defense from crumbling without their veteran captain. Even with all the offensive struggles, that should continue to be the case for the linebackers.

Vander Esch has only played in 65% of the Cowboys' defensive snaps, yet he's tied for ninth place in solo tackles in the entire league with 49. He's at 64 total tackles and two pass deflections and has been a magnet to opposing ball carriers every time he's been on the field.

He's the third highest graded rookie LB for Pro . Most times, rookies find success like this by being rotational players or simply splitting snaps with other players. But as previously mentioned, Lee has already been out for a handful of games in 2018 and Vander Esch has lived up to the hype.

Simply put, Leighton's play as a rookie has already put Sean Lee's future on the Cowboys in question. With such an injury and a two young studs ready to take over the reigns, Dallas could very well Lee prior to the .

Now granted, the race for Defensive Rookie of the Year will not be an easy one to win for Vander Esch. Fourth overall pick has been an impressive for the Browns and fifth-overall pick Bradley Chubb has been one of the best pass rushers on Sundays. Not to mention the NFL leader in solo tackles, Colts' LB .

Despite a great start to his season, the Cowboys young LB will have to play way better for his name to be called when the Defensive Rookie of the Year is revealed at the NFL Honors event in February. There are some pretty big names he has to catch up with in order to make this happen.

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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Sean Lee is GREAT part time player!!! I can’t whine about his injuries because they are out of his control!! I mean HOW IMPOSSIBLE IS IT TO STRETCH A HAMMY BEFORE YOU PLAY??? He HAD HOF potential but in 10 years he has played approximately 4 TOTAL!! He needs to go into COACHING LINEBACKERS!!!! Vander Esch has been great and SHOULD take over STARTING position but with Garrett YOU NEVER KNOW!!! CLAP CLAP CLAP I should Head Coach IF CLAPPING IS THE ONLY REQUIREMENT!!! Oh and I can’t forget to stick up ONE FINGER FOR AND EXTRA POINT!!! Yes Jerry I TOO CAN DO THAT!

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