Dallas Cowboys target No. 1: Dalvin Tomlinson, DT
Dalvin Tomlinson is a player the Cowboys know very well. The Alabama product was taken 55th overall in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He then faced the Cowboys twice per season up until 2021 when he hit the open market.
Tomlinson headed to the Minnesota Vikings on a two-year deal worth $22 million. It was a lot to pay for a nose tackle but the 6-foot-3, 325-pounder is capable of slowing down the opposing rushing attack and can still bring the heat as a pass rusher. That might not be obvious by his 2.5 sacks this season but he is known for disrupting the pocket and registered 14 quarterback pressures.
Having said all that, paying that kind of money to an interior tackle who doesn’t rack up sacks feels like a luxury a team such as Minnesota won’t want to pay. Dallas, on the other hand, needs to try and find ways to bring in such players to maximize their chances in 2022 — see the Los Angeles Rams as an example of a team finding elite defensive players and capitalizing.
The Cowboys have a ton of talent on offense but far too often, they got off to a slow start. While they clearly need to fix that problem, adding more talent on defense to slow down the opposing team could also help alleviate these concerns.