FRISCO, Texas – A full breakdown of the Cowboys' second-round draft pick (No. 58 overall) Friday night:
Name: Trysten Hill
Position: Defensive Tackle
The Rundown: An early-entry junior, Hill was dominant for much of his college career in the American Athletic Conference. He was a second-team all-conference pick in 2017, and although he only started one game last year amid a new coaching regime, he's considered one of better interior defensive line prospects in this year's class. He posted career highs in total tackles (36) and sacks (3) last season as part of the tackle rotation. He was among the Cowboys' 30 allotted pre-draft visits earlier this month.
How He Fits In: The under tackle is such a critical position in defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli's scheme. Marinelli wants athletic interior linemen who can get up the field and push the pocket, and Hill can do just that. At 308 pounds, he has the size of a nose tackle and the quickness of an under tackle. He'll likely compete for snaps with Maliek Collins, who started when healthy last season, and free agent pickups Kerry Hyder and Christian Covington. Defensive captain Tyrone Crawford can play inside or at defensive end. Regardless, the Cowboys wanted to upgrade their defensive tackle depth and Hill is the answer.
Next Cowboys Pick: 3rd Round (90th overall)