3 sleepers Cowboys drafted who could become stars

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – JANUARY 2: Defensive Lineman Quinton Bohanna #95 of the University of Kentucky Wildcats celebrates after making a sack during the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the 76th annual TaxSlayer Gator Bowl at TIAA Bank Field on January 2, 2021 in Jacksonvile, Florida. The Wildcats defeated the Wolfpack 23 to 21. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

2. DT Quinton Bohanna (Kentucky)

Yes, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s unit was a huge disappointment this past season. The Dallas Cowboys were the second-worst rushing defense in the league and also permitted a stunning 473 points. The latter total is the most in franchise history, a club that entered the league in 1960.

Hence the aforementioned emphasis on the defensive side of the ball, especially when it came to the draft as the franchise wound up with 11 selections and all but three went to the defensive side of the ball. That includes the Cowboys’ first six selections and the team used the Noah Ark’s approach – two picks apiece when it came to the defensive line, linebacker and defensive back.

New coordinator Dan Quinn struggled to find a pass rush during his days with the Falcons. And he inherits a club that managed only 31 sacks this past year. But the addition of 6-foot-4, 327-pound defensive tackle Quinton Bohanna may help that aforementioned rushing defense.

The sixth-round pick from the University of Kentucky could be an immediate contributor for a group that has a lot of young players when it comes to the interior of the defensive front. And solving those run-defense issues is a big-time priority.

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