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UAB DT Garrett Marino Could be Another Undrafted Gem for Cowboys

Garrett Marino could be another undrafted gem with the Cowboys.

Don’t look now, but the Dallas Cowboys may have uncovered another undrafted gem in former UAB Defensive Tackle Garrett Marino. He is one of 15 players who the Cowboys signed after the completion of the 2020 NFL Draft and one of a handful who has the potential to earn a roster spot this season.

Garrett Marino is one of the older (25) UDFAs who signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, however, that shouldn’t negatively impact his chances in the least of earning one of those precious few roster spots up for grabs. He’s talented enough to stick around and contribute as a rookie, despite not hearing his name at any point throughout the draft.

It’s not all that surprising Marino went undrafted. He was an NFL Combine snub, but he was fortunate enough to have a Pro Day where he definitely took advantage of his opportunity.

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At his Pro Day, Marino showed off his strength and speed. He ran a 4.89 40-yard dash and put up 41 official reps on bench press. Those are some pretty impressive numbers for a 6’2″, 290 defensive tackle.

The Dallas Cowboys have made it pretty clear they’re trying to revamp and upgrade their defensive line. They added Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe via free agency and drafted Neville Gallimore (3rd round) to hopefully boost production. Then there’s also last years second-round pick, Trysten Hill.

That unfortunately doesn’t leave a lot of room for an undrafted player like Garrett Marino. He’s really going to have to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself in order to catch the eye of the coaching staff, particularly Jim Tomsula. That’s something I think he’s absolutely capable of doing.

UAB DL Garrett Marino Highlight Reel – 2019 Season | Stadium

UAB DL Garrett Marino had a strong senior season, recording six sacks and 11 tackles for a loss, both top 15 in Conference USA, and wrapped up 43 total tackl…

In 2019, Marino finished his last season at UAB on a high note. He accumulated 43 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, six quarterback sacks, one forced fumble, and seven passes defensed. There’s no doubt the Dallas Cowboys could use that kind of production from the interior of their defensive line.

In no way is Garrett Marino a shoo-in with the Dallas Cowboys, but his intangibles and skill set is something that at least got him a foot in the door. Sometimes that’s all a player needs. Now all he has to do is prove he can do what he did with the Blazers in the NFL.

Do you think DT Garrett Marino is another Cowboys undrafted gem?

What do you think?


Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.


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  1. I’m very interested to see how this competition along the defensive line goes. Yes, we did get decent vets in free agency but let’s not go stir crazy over these guys. Has anyone looked at Panthers run defense last year. With Luke Kuechly!!! I’m just saying guys like Marino, Carter, Anae and last years crop shouldn’t just be discounted because of vets.acquired. Give these young guys the chance to see if any are in our future beyond just 2020. The vets are 1-2 year guys at most so I wouldn’t give away fresh young, cheaper talented prospects for veteran rentals. Just as we’re talking about later round and UDFA’s the vets came at their respective prices on the cheap for a reason.Guys like Jelks and Jackson & Anae seem to fit the new schemes so very anxious to see Tomsula get his claws on them. Lastly, why oh why is Crawford still on the roster?? Would/Could his contribution in the locker room mean that much with all the vet OL we have + Dak not to mention dlaw and Sean Lee; hence another spot for cheaper younger more talented assets.

    • Rodney, it’s going to be really interesting to see how the defensive line position battle shakes out. The Cowboys have some promising young talent to work with. Guys like Crawford could end up being a progress stopper because of it. It’s definitely something to keep an eye on.

  2. As a UAB fan, I am very familiar with Marino. He’s very strong, has a quick first step and burst, and plays with a mean streak. He’s a high motor guy, there will be no issues with effort. Obviously he’ll be up against much stronger competition in the NFL, but he’s one helluva get as an UFA. Watch the guy in preseason, you’ll see what I mean. I hope he sticks.

  3. This kid looks good. Being 25 is a positive IMHO, with more maturity then a Hill, who sleeps during or late for team meetings. Strong, relentless, and with quickness and non-stop motor to get down field tackles. I particularly love that attribute. A little smaller, but I hope he sticks.

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