Kansas junior Dorance Armstrong was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 16th pick in the 4th Round, #116 overall. Armstrong was the 6th “Edge” player taken in the 2018 NFL Draft. (I assume “Edge” player means not really a DE and not really an OLB.) The now-former Jayhawk will try to make a name for himself in the NFC East.
I assume the Cowboys would like to get Armstrong to play outside linebacker, even though he’s had his hand on the ground for the past two years at Kansas. Armstrong lined up on both sides of the defensive line throughout the past two years at KU. He joins a DE group that includes Demarcus Lawrence, Charles Tapper, Randy Gregory, Tyrone Crawford, Taco Charlton, and Kony Ealy on the Dallas roster. OLBs include Sean Lee, Justin March-Lillard, Jaylon Smith, and Damien Wilson.
Most “experts” did not have defensive end as a “need” for Dallas, but Armstrong’s energy and effort will give the Cowboys depth and a potential contributor down the road. Kudos to Dallas for picking up a player with Day 2 talent on Day 3 of the NFL Draft; some mocks even had Armstrong as a potential first rounder a year ago.
Jerry Jones told Armstrong that the Cowboys love his motor, and feel that he can become an excellent pass rusher in the NFL.