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Rookie DE Chauncey Golston Could Contribute Early

The did a defensive overhaul in the . Of their 11 picks, eight were on the defensive side of the ball, including each of the first six. After allowing the second-most rushing yards per game last season it made sense to add help on the , and that's what the Cowboys did in the .

Defensive was taken with the 75th overall pick to add depth on the interior, but a bit of a surprise came just nine picks later. , who was seen as more of a Day 3 selection, was drafted out of Iowa to help bolster the outside pass-rush, something the Cowboys needed after finishing 20th in in 2020.

Golston didn't make an impact at Iowa as a freshman but made his mark in each of the following three seasons. He would register 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles as a sophomore in a reserve role but became a full-time starter a year later. Golston racked up 47 tackles and three sacks as a junior, and although his senior year was reduced to eight games due to , he finished with just two fewer tackles than the season before and logged a career-high 5.5 sacks on route to garnering First-Team All-Big Ten honors.

During his three years of significant playing time at Iowa, Golston showed a knack for making plays behind the line of scrimmage with 27 tackles for loss. Also, he displayed some ability defending the pass with three interceptions and seven pass breakups.

The former Hawkeye didn't do his damage as just a one-trick pony. He primarily rushed from the but also slid inside to play some 3-technique. It was about getting the chance to showcase his talent in whatever way he could, which he explained during .

“That's how I got on the field my first time in Iowa,” Golston said. “I've always been trying to get on the field no matter what or where. So, if I'm on the inside, I'm just trying to make a play. At the end of the day, it's football.”

That versatility is what could work in Golston's favor in regards to getting playing time as a rookie. He adds depth along with free-agent addition Tarell Basham behind and on the edge, but with his ability to play inside he could provide an extra body to plug in with , , and the aforementioned Odighizuwa at .

Golston will have to battle several guys for snaps this season as a reserve . , , and will be in the mix as well, but seeing as the former is the only one with significant playing time on the NFL level, Golston has a shot to earn a pretty important role if he develops at a steady pace.

Regardless of where he's placed on the field, Golston is preparing to make an impact when his number is called.

“You want to be a Swiss army knife,” Golston said, via the team's website. “So, you want to be able wherever there's opportunity.”

Golston is a high motor guy with position flex so it will be intriguing to see his development during and especially the when he should get plenty of chances to show what he can do.

Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenix
I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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