The Dallas Cowboys have plenty of reasons to be excited about the 2021 NFL season. Many of these you already know and will be discussed all offseason long. But there’s one particular prospect that many tend to overlook in route to the 2021 season. I’m talking about a 6’7 offensive tackle that weighs 320 lbs… Isaac Alarcón.
Alarcón spent the entire 2020 season in the Cowboys’ practice squad after arriving through the NFL’s International Player Pathway program. Born in Mexico, Alarcón played college football for Mexico’s powerhouse, Tec de Monterrey. The Monterrey Borregos has been one of the most dominant teams in college football, winning four national championships since 2010.
Alarcón became just the second Mexican player to participate in the International Player Pathway and the first to actually be designated to an NFL team.
For the Cowboys, it was a heck of a deal, too. Under the international player label, he didn’t count against the practice squad player limit last year. Although Alarcón wasn’t eligible to be called up to the active roster in 2020, the Cowboys had the opportunity to develop a talented offensive tackle without having to cut any other practice squad member.
It’s tough to really know how a practice squad player has evolved since we don’t get a chance to watch him closely, but Alarcón’s size and physical traits give him the potential to be a legit threat down the road.
Quiet as it's kept, I can not wait to see Isaac Alarcon on the field for the #Cowboys in 2021.— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) January 4, 2021
I feel like big boy could be a problem.
Recently, the Cowboys signed a handful of players to Reserve/Future contracts, including Alarcón. The mere fact that he’s sticking around is a success on its own, but Isaac’s goals are higher than that.
“The Great Isaac,” as Dak Prescott famously nicknamed him, will fight for a roster spot in 2021. Hopefully, the NFL is able to start OTAs and other offseason activities earlier than last year to help him earn it.
While many Cowboys’ fans don’t know much about Isaac Alarcón, he’s known by almost all NFL fans in Mexico. There are plenty of them, over 20 million according to multiple studies, making it the second country with the most football fans only behind the United States. Most of them are rooting for Alarcón to make the Cowboys roster and represent his country.
Although the Dallas Cowboys are set at offensive tackle with two quality starters in Tyron Smith and La’el Collins, this team is in need of offensive line depth and Alarcón might be able to provide some. I can’t wait to watch how he develops this offseason as he fights to make the 53-man roster.
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