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Marshawn Kneeland to Cowboys as second-round pick

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Round 2, No. 56: Marshawn Kneeland, DE, Western Michigan

  • Second-team All-MAC (2023)
  • Convert from tight end to linebacker, to defensive end
  • First team all-state selection as a senior in high school

It is also important to note that he earned a 9.08 on the Relative Athletic Score index.

Kneeland is a pure athlete.

With a run at positions that all but wiped out some of the top names the Cowboys had their eyes on, they opted to move on to a less heralded need on the roster by taking a defensive end – Kneeland came into the mix as someone who could could counteract losing Dorance Armstrong and Dante Fowler to the Washington Commanders in free agency; especially the former, considering the impact he'll have on special teams as well.

His play was strong enough to earn accolades as a second-team All-MAC talent last season at Western Michigan, finishing that campaign with a career-high in tackles (57), sacks (4.5), tackles for loss (7.5), (2) forced fumbles and quarterback hurries (8).

The 6-foot-1, 267 lb pass rusher has an NFL-ready frame, and a high motor to match. He can bull rush, speed rush and effectively set the edge in run defense – all traits the Cowboys can certainly benefit from.

He is not the most athletic in his class and will look to learn from Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence to refine his craft, but compensates for his coaching opportunities with a remarkable work ethic and determination to win at every snap, which is often disruptive . plays in the opponent's backfield.

They attacked the position earlier than most thought, but the Cowboys think they have their man next to Sam

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