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2019 Cowboys Draft: 3 reasons why Dallas drafted Trysten Hill with their first pick - RJ Ochoa, Blogging the Boys

The Cowboys took Trysten Hill with the 58th overall pic, here are three reasons why:

Dallas has been missing the answer inside their defensive line

The Cowboys have made it a habit of finding passable options in the middle of their defensive front for a few years now. We’ve seen Jason Hatcher, Henry Melton, Stephen Paea, Maliek Collins, and recently Antwaun Woods all flourish as members of the Mighty Orphans. It’s time to get somebody legitimate.

Given Hill’s potential if the Cowboys can get someone like that at the heart of their defense they’re going to be cooking with some serious gas. This move might also help establish Tyrone Crawford sticking on the outside on a more permanent basis, two birds with one stone are never a bad thing.

Breaking down Trysten Hill: What film, scouting reports say about the new Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle - SportsDayDFW

Hill has an intriguing, but raw, style of play to his game at defensive tackle. Here’s what SportsDayDFW gathered about the UCF defensive lineman.

Measuring in at 6-foot-3 and 308 pounds to go along with 33 3/8-inch arms, Trysten Hill possesses the ideal size to play between the B-gaps in Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s system.

Hill buoys his frame with impressive athleticism, boasting a strong first step, upfield burst and lateral quickness. Unlike most 300-plus pounders, Hill’s strong first step enables him to be effective when shooting gaps, which enables him to disrupt in the backfield.

At his size, Hill’s playing style is akin to a bull in a China shop, which is what Marinelli likes. Hill is an energetic defensive tackle who plays with his hair on fire, which will certainly help in Marinelli’s eyes.

When Hill fires out of his stance with proper pad level, he’s tough to handle, as he displays unique power at the point-of-attack, which enables him to reset the line of scrimmage against the run. Hill often puts offensive linemen on skates, providing disruption by driving linemen into the backfield.

NFL Draft 2019: Round 2-3 Grades for Every Pick - Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report

How did Bleacher Report’s Matt Tanier grade out the Trysten Hill pick?

Hill has tape to match the top defensive tackles in this class: an electrifying first step, a powerful punch and a relentless (though not always disciplined) style. But something clearly happened when Josh Heupel replaced Scott Frost as the Knights’ coach, since Hill lost his starting job and barely played in the Fiesta Bowl.

This is a strong pick. The Cowboys need a replacement for suspended/retired David Irving on the interior line. And Hill has the potential to be a special player if coaches don’t feel threatened by his “opinions,” something which is rarely a problem in Dallas.

Grade: A-

Dallas Cowboys select Connor McGovern in NFL Draft - Patrik Walker, 247Sports

This one was a bit surprising....

The Dallas Cowboys have selected former former Penn State offensive lineman Connor McGovern with the 90th-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The once-touted offensive line is still currently under repair.

They’re hoping that by selecting McGovern, the unit can begin climbing back to its once-dominant ways. The offensive front took a massive step back in 2017, amid issues at the left guard position and poor play from the now-released Chaz Green, which led them to select Connor Williams in the second-round of the subsequent draft. They’d go on to lose perennial All-Pro center Travis Frederick for the entire year to Guillain-Barre syndrome, and while Joe Looney was impressive as a starter — there’s only one Frederick.

Connor McGovern NFL Draft 2019: Scouting Report for Dallas Cowboys’ Pick - Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

Get to know new Cowboys interior-offensive lineman Connor McGovern. A dominant run blocker with intriguing traits.


—Three-year starter who has experience at guard and center for the Nittany Lions.

—Tall (6’5”), long (34 ⅛” arms) and uses both well to keep defenders from getting inside his reach and dominating his frame in the run game. Doesn’t surrender his chest in pass pro.

—Road grader in the run game who locks on and has the lower-body power to drive block.

—Smart, well-coached blocker who already understands angles and timing when working to chip or double team.

—Can sink his weight and stonewall bull-rushers.

—Ideal size and power for guard or center.

Will Dallas Cowboys strike draft gold again in Boise State? - Robert H. Carroll, Fansided

The Cowboys did not draft a Boise State player on day two, but there’s always day three. Will they continue their yearly tradition?

As Stephen Jones gained more control over the purse strings, the team seeks value. The Cowboys are making a dollar out of fifteen cents and balling on a budget. In my imagination, Jerry Jones would hand me a $100 bill laying on the sidewalk while Stephen Jones would stab me for a tarnished penny.

A quick search for available quarterbacks remaining in the 2019 NFL Draft points me to Brett Rypien. Rypien is the nephew of former Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI MVP quarterback Mark Rypien. In high school, Brett set passing records for career passing yards (13,044), single season passing yards (4,552) and touchdowns (50) all records previously owned by former Cowboys quarterback and current offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

Why There’s A Chip On Randall Cobb’s Shoulder - Rob Phillips,

The Cowboys did not add a wide receiver on day two, but veteran WR Randall Cobb will still play with a chip on his shoulder in 2019.

A hamstring injury limited Cobb to nine games last season. He said he suffered the injury in practice in Week 3 and probably returned a little too early.

Cobb is pointing toward a rebound season on his new team. But the 5-foot-10 wideout says he’s never lacked motivation in his football career.

“I’ve had a chip on my shoulder since I was seven years old,” he said. “I went to camp in high school and they told me that I wouldn’t play Division 1 football. I went to Kentucky and they told me I shouldn’t have been in the SEC. I got drafted and they told me that I was too slow, wasn’t big enough, wasn’t fast enough.

“Every day you’ve got to prove yourself, every day you wake up. Nothing’s ever given in life and I truly believe in that and I carry myself that way.”

CowBuzz: Cooper Swag & Veteran Vacation Trip - Taylor Stern,

The draft is taking over, but there’s still some Cowboys topics to be discussed!

While the 2019 roster is still being drafted this weekend, most of the offense decided it was the perfect time to get away.

Dak Prescott shared to his social media that himself, Tyron Smith, Joe Looney, Jason Witten, Travis Frederick, La’el Collins, Ezekiel Elliott, Jeff Heath, Zack Martin and Connor Williams were jetting off for the weekend to get some quality time together.

Check out our latest edition of OchoLive!

Whaddup World!

Welcome to the latest episode of OchoLive, a spectacular one! The Dallas Cowboys have two new players and we need to discuss them. Check out the latest episode of OchoLive as we get into the Trysten Hill and Connor McGovern selections. What do they mean for the Cowboys? Why were they the players chosen? We hit on it all!


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