[tps_title]3T DT DeMarcus Walker, Florida State[/tps_title]
The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has many needs that should and likely will be addressed in this draft, but 3T defensive tackle is actually not one of these pressing needs. Rookie starter Maliek Collins has given Dallas an exciting piece at the most important position in their defensive scheme, while Tyrone Crawford remains on the roster as a DT that was forced to fill the void at DE in 2016.
David Irving's best rushes at the quarterback have also come from the DT position, making the interior of this front relatively crowded. A firm believer in the draft philosophy of, “if you feel that you are good enough at a position, add yet another quality starter there,” I would be prepared for the Cowboys to at least show interest in Florida State's DeMarcus Walker.
An incredibly productive member of the FSU defense throughout his career, Walker has NFL traits but may not have a true professional position. Sliding down some boards while being tagged as a 3T DT (and a liability on running downs in this spot), Walker wouldn't have to be “the guy” with the Cowboys here.
Instead, Dallas can ensure that there best pass rush continues to come into the quarterback's face, targeting an athletic player like Walker who is capable of holding up in Dallas at LDE.
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