Truthfully, Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith really impressed me against the Saints, and really have been impressive all year. They have the speed to be all over the place, and they are. They are proving to be exactly the kind of players that you build a defense around.
It’s not often that I’m pleasantly surprised by the Cowboys drafting strategy, but in this case? Yeah, they got these picks right, even if it did seem silly to pick Smith knowing he wouldn’t be ready to play for awhile. He’s been worth the wait.
Now can they get enough offense to get to the playoffs and make some noise? They have the talent, but it’s still a work in progress for sure.
The Ringer has all the defensive stats to explain exactly how impressive the defense was on Thursday. It’s a nice read for Cowboy fans.