Trysten Hill: Top Pick a “Surprise Cut” from the Dallas Cowboys List?

FRISCO – The Dallas Cowboys have put together some compelling names in the defensive line room. Is the assembly good enough to force them to give up the team’s top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft?

While working to reduce the list of 90 men to its eventual 53, our buddy John Owning at DMN digs into the D-line group. Owner’s 10-man D-line list:

DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, Osa Odighizuwa, Neville Gallimore, Brent Urban, Chauncey Golston, Quinton Bohanna, Tarrel Basham, Dorance Armstrong and Bradlee Anae.

Who is missing? Former second round pick Trysten Hill.

To own, like the rest of us, is to attempt an educated second guess here. There is no particular information from The Star in Frisco to specifically suggest this (or to suggest that the addition of veterinary free agent Carlos Watkins, who also doesn’t make the cut for Owning, is doomed to the failure).

In the case of the Hill 6-3 and 310 pounds, much of the uphill battle is about injury issues that have kept it off the field. He performed poorly as a rookie, despite being a pet of former defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli as he only played seven games in 2019 and was a good scratch for the other nine games.

A lack of maturity was at play in his rookie year, a criticism that followed him from college.

Last season, in the first four weeks of the year, Mike McCarthy and the new coaching staff gave him a shot, and he was a solid rotational contributor before suffering an ACL tear.

He’s in rehab now. It is an obstacle. He also has to impress another defensive coordinator in Dan Quinn – Hill’s third in three seasons – and that’s another hurdle.

In Hill’s Defense: Owning, like the rest of us, leans toward “unknown fun” in predicting his final group on the D-line. We know what DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory can do. We have only a small idea what Tarrel Basham, Brent Urban, Dorance Armstrong, Neville Gallimore and Bradlee Anae can do.

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In a very literal sense, since they’re rookies, we have absolutely no idea what Osa Odighizuwa, Chauncey Golston, and Quinton Bohanna can do.

Any chance Dallas is keeping Hill or Watkins on some of the others? Sure. While we all do our predictions and our lists, the “chance” of winning jobs is the essence of training camp at Oxnard.

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