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Tennessee Edge Rusher Darrell Taylor Would be a Steal for the Cowboys

The trenches. That's been a focal point of the on so far. After losing to the , the Cowboys filled that hole by veteran to a three-year deal. Also, to further buffer the defensive front, they added , a near 350-pound mountain to play alongside McCoy.

Those signings took care of a huge need for the Cowboys by improving the defensive interior, however, there's still work to be done on the outside. Former 2015 second-round pick has filed for after his indefinite in 2019 and has a great shot of having his wish granted with the NFL no longer suspending players for positive test. Even with that being said, Tennessee's is another talented pass rusher the Cowboys could steal in the third or fourth round to line-up opposite All-Pro .

After redshirting in 2015, Taylor appeared in eight games and registered nine tackles a year later. As a redshirt sophomore he tripled his total to 27 (4.5 tackles for loss) while also adding three , two passes defended, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. His redshirt junior season was very productive as he totaled 36 tackles (11 tackles for loss, led team), eight sacks (led team), three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He finished his collegiate career strongly with 46 tackles (10 tackles for loss, led team), 8.5 sacks (tied for second in SEC, led team), four passes defended, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Taylor is a physical specimen at 6'4 and 267 pounds. His bend and dip coming off the combined with his speed make him a nightmare for offensive tackles. Probably his biggest attribute is his versatility. Not only can he lineup in a 4-3 but also as an outside in a 3-4 scheme, which makes Taylor an interesting prospect for new who is looking to have flexibility in his looks upfront.

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He had some really big games in a career as a Volunteer. Against the in 2018, Taylor racked up three sacks and had a four-sack game six weeks later vs the . This past season, he had two multiple sack games in three weeks against Mississippi State and South Carolina. In his final collegiate game, Taylor went out with a bang racking up 1.5 sacks in a Gator Bowl victory against the Indiana Hoosiers.

according to’s Lance Zierlein 

You can never have too many pass rushers in today's NFL. Taylor would give the Cowboys defensive front, which has already upgraded the interior as mentioned earlier, another talented piece coming off the edge. His name will be one to keep an eye on when days two and three of the NFL Draft roll around.


Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenix
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Chuck Wright

What am I missing? Pass rushing DE/OLBs are premium commodities in the NFL. . .why is he falling so far?


You are right Matthew, Taylor looks really good. Not sure he will last till the 4th rd. If he does, definitely a STEAL. With the good FA pickups, Cowboys have a lot more flexibility in the upcoming draft.

Matthew, what do you think should be their priorities in the draft right now OTHER then the need at DE?

I was thinking CB, C, then maybe S, and then best available. I say “maybe” safety because I am really starting to like Darian Thompson more and more. He has starter potential IMHO.

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