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2024 NFL Draft: Why drafting a defensive tackle early would not be an ‘all-in’ move for the Cowboys

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Based on the last five drafts, this is the type of first-year performance to expect if the Cowboys drafted a DT early.

Every draft season there’s a call from Cowboys draftniks for Jerry Jones and Co. to draft a defensive tackle early in the draft. And this year, fired up by an early playoff exit and emboldened by Mike Zimmer reportedly wanting big bodies on his defensive line, those calls are getting louder, never mind that the Cowboys invested a first-round pick in the position just last year.

Of course, there’s no denying that the Cowboys could use an upgrade along the defensive line, but is it realistic to expect a rookie to fix what ails the Cowboys’ front four? To find out, we take a look at how hard it is for first- and second-round rookie DTs to hit the ground running in the NFL. We’ll look at the 23 defensive tackles drafted in the first two rounds of the NFL draft over the last five years and figure out what level of performance you can reasonably expect from rookie DTs.

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