Scout's Eye: Taking Closer Look at DTs; Bishop's Strength Gives Him An Edge

The Cowboys have added some depth on the defensive line this offseason, adding a couple of defensive ends in the draft, along with the signing of Greg Hardy. But at defensive tackle, not much has changed other than the retirement of Josh Brent.

Behind the rotation of Tyrone Crawford, Nick Hayden and Terrell McClain, the Cowboys have some young players that could possibly work themselves into the rotation.

This week, we will examine three guys that could factor into the mix, starting with Ken Bishop, a seventh-round pick in 2014 from Northern Illinois.

Bishop spent the first six weeks on the 53-man roster last year, playing in two games before going to the practice squad for the final six. However, Bishop was reinstated for the Green Bay game in the playoffs and posted three tackles, including one for a loss.

Here is an updated scouting report on Bishop:

  • Is a backup nose and under tackle in this scheme but his best role would be as a nose.
  • Spent the majority of the season on the practice squad before appearing in the final three games of the season and into the playoffs. Thought he was a much better player in the Green Bay playoff game than he was in the other games.
  • Plays with much better quickness than he does with bend and explosiveness. Can get into a blocker quickly but needs to do a better job of getting off and getting to the ball. Is a much better run player than he is against the pass because of his limitations as a rusher.
  • Good strength at the point of attack one-on-one because of his upper body strength. Doesn't have the length to really separate. Needs to be careful with his pad level because when he plays tall it tends to get him in the most trouble. Would like to see him use his strength better when trying to collapse the pocket.
  • Plays with good toughness and motor which gives him a chance. Will need to overcome his limitations as a pass rusher to have a chance to really make it.

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