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Cowboys 2021 Pre-Camp Depth Charts: Defensive Line

Fixing their horrendous from last year has been a primary goal for the 2021 . They've added numerous new faces through and the draft at every level. Today, I thought we'd look at all of the defensive linemen coming to and see what the current depth chart might look like.

The starting jobs at defensive end would seem to be spoken for between and . With Lawrence one of the NFL's premier run-stoppers and Gregory finally able to contribute consistently, Dallas will be counting on them to stabilize the entire .

The rest of the d-line, from the backups ends to all of the positions, where we have the big questions. With six returning players and seven new ones all vying to make the roster, where do they seemingly stand heading into camp?

On the following list, players on the top line are who I expect to make the roster. Below them are other players currently signed and scheduled to participate in the 2021 camp and .

Defensive Line

Some of these players are easier to predict than others just based on money a draft position. Dallas just spent 3rd-round picks on Chauncey Golston and Osa Odighizuwa, making them virtual locks for the roster at least in their rookie seasons. Brent Urban got a fully-guaranteed $1.75 million contract to join the Cowboys this year; far better security than Carlos Watkins received.

Tarell Basham hasn't been a sack machine thus far in the NFL but he's the one veteran addition the team made at defensive end. He's also one of the few 2021 to get more than just a one-year deal; a good sign for his job security for at least this first season.

Leaving Dorance Armstrong off the roster isn't easy given his and occasional flashes as a pass rusher. But this is the DE's fourth season and there are shinier new toys in the fold now with  years left on their cheap rookie contracts.

The situation between Odighizuwa, Neville Gallimore, and Trysten Hill as young DT prospects is very intriguing. How much loyalty do the Cowboys still feel to Hill after two years and two changes at defensive coordinator? Have either he or Gallimore really shown enough to have benefit of the doubt now?

While only a 6th-round rookie, Quinton Bohanna sounds like exactly what the Cowboys have needed in a true space-eating DT for their . But 32 teams allowed Bohanna to fall far in the last draft; are we overestimating his value thanks to typical post-draft recency bias?

The shift at defensive coordinator makes it hard to know exactly what the Cowboys will be looking for at these positions. Years with got us comfortable with the kind of players he liked, and one year with was enough to know that his shouldn't matter anymore.

Now it's 's turn to try to put together a competitive defense in Dallas. How much will he try to improve things for returning talent or look to replace them with the guys he had a say in and drafting? We'll learn a lot more about Quinn and all of these players when camp kick off next week.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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