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DL Christian Covington Could Be Rod Marinelli’s Next Great Find

has earned the reputation for finding and developing lesser-known defensive linemen over the years, and turning them into productive players for his .

It seems like every year the Cowboys have at least one defensive who entered the season with no-to-limited hype, and finished it as a hard-nosed, productive player in the middle of their rotation.

could very well be that guy in 2019.

The former Houston Texan has had an interesting career thus far. Overall, his raw numbers are decent on paper, appearing in 50 games over four seasons and tallying up 7.5 and 65 tackles. Not bad for a rotational , to be sure.

As a Texan, Covington was mostly asked to play out of position, however. In their 3-4 scheme Covington played as the , whereas he'll be a 3-technique lining up over the in the Cowboys system. This should suit Covington much better, allowing him to be more comfortable in his position and hopefully produce at a higher clip.

Christian Covington is expected to be heavily involved in a rotation which is becoming quite crowded due to the Cowboys' busy . Not only did Dallas draft UCF tackle in the of the draft, but they are also bringing back the likes of , , and just to name a few.

Still, Covington should be able to compete for (and win) significant playing time by the middle of the season if all goes according to plan.

Covington is a solid interior pass rusher that can push the middle of the pocket and make quarterbacks uncomfortable. He has occupying blocks on the inside to free up elite rushers in Houston, which is exactly what he'll be doing for the likes of and in Dallas this season.

Don't be surprised if he does more than simply “occupying” blocks, though, and steals some sack production for himself this upcoming season.

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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