There’s no surprise as to what cost the Dallas Cowboys late in games in 2013. So, heading into the 2014 NFL Draft it would be wise for the Cowboys to provide newly-assigned defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli with the players to, at the very least, field a competitive defense. Here's a list of five players, who might not be Day-1 starters, but could very well be a part of a solid rotation.
Despite only playing football for two years, Webster finished his collegiate career with 67.5 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 26 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. He is a raw talent, but his size (6-6, 252-lbs) and blazing speed (4.61-40) are hard to overlook.
Westbrooks is another guy that dominated the competition while in college, finishing his two-year career at West Texas A&M with an unheard of 47.5 tackles for loss and 26.5 sacks, including a school record 19.5 sacks in 2012. He has the size (6-3, 267-lbs) and speed (4.95-40) that will undoubtedly intrigue a team late in the Draft.
Hidden behind bigger-name guys in Will Sutton and Carl Bradford, Coleman quietly led the Sun Devils in sacks (8.5) and was among the leaders in tackles for a los (15.0). He has good size (6-2, 297-lbs) and okay speed (5.20-40) for a big guy, and, to me, he looks like he would be most effective as a 1-tech defensive tackle, where he can use his strength (35 BP reps) to his advantage.
Another relatively unknown defensive line prospect, Jay Bromley became the first Syracuse interior defensive lineman to record double-digit sacks since 1987. He finished the 2013 season with 42 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He has the size (6-3, 305-lbs) that teams look for in defensive tackles and could contribute as a rotational 3-technique defensive tackle.
A one-time offensive lineman, Lawrence Virgil, eventually made the switch to the defensive side of the ball where he played the 3-technique defensive tackle spot. He finished his collegiate career with 130 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, and 15.5 sacks. Virgil is raw, but has good size (6-4, 290-lbs) and decent speed (5.0-40) for the position, however it’s his strength (39 BP reps) that makes me think he can be a solid defensive tackle.