The battle for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys defensive line in 2014 feels like an over-the-top-rope battle royal in the WWE. We have 15 contenders for roughly eight to ten spots, but for the purposes of this exercise we'll limit it to two-deep along the line, meaning the top eight players. So the idea is you have to choose your eight and tell us why you went that way.
Here are your contenders.
|79||Bass, Ben||DE||6-5||294||24||3||Texas A&M|
|98||Crawford, Tyrone||DE||6-4||284||24||3||Boise State|
|90||Lawrence, DeMarcus||DE||6-3||251||22||R||Boise St.|
|99||Selvie, George||DE||6-4||270||27||5||South Florida|
|76||Coleman, Davon||DT||6-2||297||23||R||Arizona State|
|97||McClain, Terrell||DT||6-2||293||25||4||South Florida|
DT - Henry Melton: He's the prize of free agency and will hopefully be the star at the all-important 3-tech spot.
DT - Terrell McClain: The Cowboys want someone with a little more upfield ability than Nick Hayden, McClain will be given first opportunity
DE - George Selvie: He proved himself last year as a reliable option.
DE - DeMarcus Lawrence: Throw the rookie in and let him swim, they need his potential as a pass-rusher.
DT - Ben Bass: Showed a lot of potential before the injury, he makes the move inside where his quickness pays off.
DT - Nick Hayden: Cowboys decide to go with experience, a player they know will work hard and is durable.
DE - Tyrone Crawford: Big things are expected of Crawford, he could move into the starting lineup sooner than later.
DE - Jeremy Mincey: He may actually start ahead of Lawrence to begin with, but he should be a solid rotational guy.
That's my top 8 on the defensive line. I do think the Cowboys will keep one or two extra guys to begin with, and there is always the practice squad and IR, where Anthony Spencer is likely to be placed. Who are your top 8?