Before the bye week, the Dallas Cowboys had one of the leagues best run defenses. For example, the defense gave up 100+ rushing yards in a single game twice. However, after the bye week they gave up over 100 yards rushing in all but one game.

Simply put, the Cowboys run game needs work.

The Cowboys do have some players who are good against the run. Players like Osa Odighizuwa, Micah Parsons or Chauncey Golston in rotation. Even still, they could stand to get even better. Especially up the middle of the field.

The nose tackle position is an area the Dallas Cowboys front office meanders around. They rarely draft the position, and prefer to pay in free agency on the low end.

When it comes to four-year defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi, he checks multiple boxes. He continues to be one of PFF top-ranked defensive tackles against the run, playing between the guard and center.

With the Dallas Cowboys their own, Carlos Watkins, just came off a career year. If Dallas is looking to upgrade the position, Fatuukasi would be a lateral move at worst. He started all 15 games he played in 2021, and had his second most tackles for loss, not counting sacks. That would be third on the Cowboys behind only Parsons and Jayron Kearse.

Over The Cap estimates his value at just over $3 million per year. That’s a bargain when considering how skilled his is against the run and at generating pressure.

Considering the Dallas Cowboys are in presumed “cap hell”, getting better at a low cost aligns with the front office.

Adding Fatukasi on the interior with young talented players like Odighizuwa, Neville Gallimore, and continuing the development of Quinton Bohanna or Trysten Hill, would make some of their best depth in years. Skilled, deep and youthful.

This is a glove-like fit. Fatukasi fills the need on the field and on the books. Seeing how the defense played the run in 2021, he must be a consideration.

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