Even amid all the suspensions and arrests this offseason, the Dallas Cowboys' front seven is still expected to perform well in 2017. When a squad has Sean Lee, Anthony Hitchens, Demarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford, it's always a positive start.
But there's one Cowboys defender that local media say has the highest probability of landing double-digit sacks in Rod Marinelli's system. This comes from Cowboys' in-house scout and writer Bryan Broaddus:
If someone is productive that won't keep these coaches playing that guy despite a rotation. DeMarcus Lawrence comes to mind as that guy who could be a double digit guy. Maybe David Irving as well. They have guys that have the potential; it's a matter of those guys finishing.
The problem with David Irving, as well all know, is he's about to miss an entire quarter of the season because of suspension.
Naturally, Lawrence comes to mind, a man who has only played in one full season in Arlington. In 2015 he notched eight sacks. In a combined 15 games over 2014 and 2016, Lawrence produced just one sack. He was only able to start three games last season, mostly from a four-game suspension.
But this year the 25-year-old second-round pick out of Boise State is healthy and ready to go from a personal standpoint.
Here's a bit more insight into the question from DallasCowboys.com:
"A true rotation does limit a player’s snaps and thus the number of chances he has for sacks. But I’m fairly certain Marinelli would adjust the rotation if he found a 'war daddy,' a guy that defense’s must account on each play, each game, each season. He hasn’t had that type of player since DeMarcus Ware, but Plan B is to find solid production from a large group of contributors. If the defense can cobble together six, seven sacks from six, seven guys, those results sound pretty good."