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    Cowboys Sophomores: LB Mark Nzeocha

    The Cowboys have a number of pivotal second-year players that will help shape their 2016 season. Athletic linebacker Mark Nzeocha is one of them...

    If fans know one thing about , it is that he specializes in taking unproven players with desirable traits and molding them into contributors to his .

    One player that fits this mold is second-year , who's rookie season was unfortunately cut down due to an suffered during his final collegiate season. The 2015 seventh round pick was forced to practically “red shirt” the season, only participating in the off season walkthroughs and the other mental aspects of the game.

    Now ready to contribute on the field this season, Nzeocha finds himself being thrown into the fire when it comes to competition at the linebacker position. The Cowboys are deep across the board here, with being the only true locked-in starter. Where Nzeocha can find a role for himself is at the SAM linebacker spot, where versatile players like have seen snaps in the past seasons.

    While Nzeocha playing in the strong side spot will limit his overall time on the field due to how often Dallas plays in nickel packages, his impact as a fast and tall body in coverage and against the run can still be felt from that spot. Additionally, Nzeocha has had his name thrown in the hat at middle linebacker, as the Cowboys worked through and mini camp in the absence of presumed MIKE starter .

    If Mark Nzeocha can prove himself against the run while showing some always appreciated versatility for the Cowboys' defense this season, it is only going to make the entirety of the team's front seven deeper and stronger.

    As approaches, we will undoubtedly revisit this position to talk more about who can emerge out of the current Cowboys' linebackers.  For now, look for Mark Nzeocha to fight for his role with this team in 2016, and stand out to , the rest of the staff, and Cowboys Nation while doing so.

    What do you expect from Mark Nzeocha this season? Let us know! Comment below to start the conversation, or tweet me @ShoreSportsNJ!

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    Sean Martin
    Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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