After signing Henry Melton in free agency, the Dallas Cowboys waited until the seventh round to address the defensive tackle, which was a huge concern in the 2013 NFL season. The Cowboys drafted Ken Bishop in the seventh round thinking he would add depth along the defensive line, but it’s not Bishop who is making a name for himself in OTAs. Davon Coleman has garnered a lot of attention so far for the Cowboys, and it might not be a stretch to say that the Arizona State product could be the starting 1-technique defensive tackle by Week 1.
Coleman was a player the Cowboys rated very highly on their board and when he went undrafted, it was only a matter of time until the Cowboys signed him. The Cowboys signed Arizona State’s Brandon Magee in the undrafted free agent period, but Magee got cut a week before the 53-man roster was released.
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is one of the bests in the league at getting the most out of his players and it will be interesting to see what he can do with Coleman. Marinelli wants to use more of a rotational defensive line in 2014, and that will ultimately help Coleman because it will keep him fresh. At 6-foot-2, 290 pounds, Coleman plays much bigger than he is. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Coleman put up 35 bench press reps of 225 pounds. Despite having a 5.08 40-yard dash, Coleman is quick off the ball. Perhaps the best thing about Coleman is his ability to play the 1-technique defensive tackle or the 3-technique defensive tackle. With his motor and the influence of Marinelli, Coleman should be a fun player to watch for the Cowboys.