It took them seven rounds, but the Dallas Cowboys finally drafted a defensive tackle in the 2014 NFL Draft. That player was Ken Bishop out of Northern Illinois. The Cowboys like drafting players who are hard-workers. That’s the type of player Bishop is. Before going to Northern Illinois, Bishop spent two years playing at a junior college. Perhaps the best thing about Bishop, and the main reason why the Cowboys drafted him, is because of his ability to play the 1-technique or the 3-technique position.
The Cowboys already have their 3-technique defensive tackle in Henry Melton, as they signed him in free agency, but the Cowboys have an opening at the 1-technique position next to him. Defensive coordinator and defensive line guru Rod Marinelli is one of the best coaches in the league at getting the most out of his players, and it will be interesting to see what Marinelli can get out of Bishop. The Cowboys need contributors on the defensive line and many spots are available. Bishop will be in the conversation with Tyrone Crawford and Nick Hayden to be the starting defensive tackle next to Melton.
With five picks in the seventh round, this pick was the prototypical low-risk, high-reward type of selection. Bishop is a quick and versatile defensive tackle. He does a good job at staying low to the ground off the snap and he could be useful on Dallas’ defensive line as a rotational defensive linemen. The best thing about Bishop is that he will give you his all on every play and that will be something Marinelli will absolutely love.