Dallas Cowboys Turning to Former Busts to Help Defensive Line

By Ben Grimaldi
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With all the reports today that the Dallas Cowboys are going to work out defensive end Jarvis Moss, the 17th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, it’s become clear the team is looking towards former busts to add depth tho their defensive line. I don’t know what it means comes April but it appears as though the Cowboys might be looking elsewhere with the 18th pick.

Moss has played for the Denver Broncos, and most recently the Oakland Raiders, has six career sacks and was out of football last year. However, he does have experience in the 4-3 alignment and the Cowboys could be looking for players with more experience in that area. If the Cowboys feel Moss is worth signing, it could push Marcus Spears or Josh Brent off of the roster.

There are also rumors the Cowboys are interested in bringing in former Houston Texans and Chicago Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye. Okoye has experience playing in the 4-3 and played under Rod Marinelli in Chicago and could value experience in the new defensive scheme. Okoye was drafted in the first round of the draft and had just one sack last season but he is still young, only 25-years old.

With these two players catching the Cowboys interest, don’t forget they signed defensive tackle Brian Price to a contract after the season had ended, throwing him into the mix as well. Price was drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft and his career has been derailed by injury and tragedy in his brief time in the NFL. He’s recently played for the Chicago Bears, making it the hat trick that all three players have played for Rod Marinelli.

Aside from their knowledge in the Tampa 2 scheme, this biggest thing they all have in common is that they’re all draft busts. Each of them was drafted in the top 35 picks of the NFL Draft and none of them has panned out. The Cowboys are hoping to build depth on their defensive line and are looking under every rock they can to find quality role players. It’s not unusual for players to turn things around later in their careers and Price and Okoye are certainly young enough to turn into good players and the Cowboys need just one of them to pan out to make themselves look like geniuses.

Everyone knew the Dallas Cowboys needed defensive line help in 2013, we just didn’t know it might come from a bunch of draft busts.

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