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Cowboys Miss Out on DT Terrell McClain, What’s Next?

When it was announced the were moving on from , a reunion with the Cowboys seemed all-too-perfect. After all, the Cowboys did not address their defensive situation during the , and McClain filled the role really well when with the team in 2016.

Later in the week, however, it was announced that McClain will be with the ; further bolstering their impressive roster and directly improving an foe.

But now we must ask, what's next for the Cowboys at 1-technique?

As of now it appears that the Cowboys interior features players who are all better suited to play 3-technique, though was serviceable playing at 1-technique in 2017. Collins is now reportedly dealing with a broken foot which will put him out for much of the programs, however.

The best interior on this roster is . And while he has been a bit unreliable in terms of and , Irving's play has been downright dominant at times. He is a strong pass rushing threat from the 3-technique, and could work at nose if needed when the Cowboys go to their 3-2-6 package.

He isn't a 1-technique, though.

The Cowboys did for former Raiders defensive tackle , but he doesn't really fit the 1-technique mold either. Ward worked at both tackle and end for the Raiders, and while I do believe he can bring some interior , he is far from the butt-kicking nose this roster so desperately needs.

Dallas seems relatively okay with allowing their current guys figure it out upfront, as they haven't really pursued any defensive tackles besides McClain. So, if that is the case, the question really becomes how good can and be for them in 2018?

Much of the fan base had hoped Brian Price could fill that need when called upon last season, but he was forced to have knee surgery in November and miss the back half of the . Richard Ash saw increased time when Price went out, and at 320 pounds he certainly looks the part of a 1-technique.

But, once again, Ash isn't exactly a world-beater. Both he and Price are nice pieces to consider, but there's no guarantee that both (or either) will make the team. In fact, it's probably likely that only one will be on the final roster considering how the Cowboys structure their depth chart and value defensive line versatility.

The Cowboys have a need for a 1-technique, and we really cannot be sure that the player to fill that need is currently on the roster.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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They didn’t miss out on McClain, they lucked out ! I didn’t want McClain, I want HANKINS !!!


Haven’t looked at Hankins, but Terrell had lot of injuries, so it just didn’t make sense to bring him on. I like our DT on the UDFA squad – DeQuinton Osborne. People are going to be giving him a closer look.

Slim rivers

Price is more than a fill in he will answer all your questions and more you won’t even miss Collins watch and see they will resign price for a long term contract he’s a tough son of a gun

Hector Espindola

Seems a true 1T answer is already in the roster with DQ who will defeat Ash, Price and Ross. It’s obvious Collins and even McClain were temporary solutions, till next draft, because I don’t see FO giving a multi annual contract to Hankins or even McClain.

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