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Dallas Cowboys might want to boost pass rush with DT, not DE, in next round

Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) hurries Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook (18) during 2015 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) hurries Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook (18) during 2015 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. AP

The Dallas Cowboys will be on the clock with the fourth pick in the second round of tonight’s NFL Draft and it’s no secret they could use some help to boost the pass rush.

Most analysts would say that means they should focus on defensive end. But three guys from that position went among the top 19 picks in Thursday’s first round. That means the value in the defensive line falls at defensive tackle during the early stages of tonight’s second round.

Perhaps the Cowboys could improve their pass rush, as well as their run defense, by employing an inside-out approach in the defensive trenches.

Two first-round talents at that defensive tackle with local connections, Alabama DT A’Shawn Robinson and Baylor DT Andrew Billings, remain on the board heading into tonight’s second round in Chicago. Neither figures to last long. Either would be an asset to the Cowboys in the defensive trenches.

Robinson played at Fort Worth Arlington Heights.

But if the Cowboys are dead-set on improving things with an edge rusher or a cornerback, two guys with local connections to monitor (perhaps as third-round picks) are Baylor CB Xavien Howard and Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah. Another option: Texas defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway, a Mansfield High School graduate, remains on the board and might still be there when the Cowboys pick in the third round as well.

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