FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have added to the interior of their defensive line with their first pick in the draft, taking Trysten Hill of Central Florida 58th overall in the second round Friday night.
Dallas didn’t have a first-round pick because of a trade last season for receiver Amari Cooper. The Cowboys have said they thought defensive line was one of the deepest positions in the draft. They kept the focus there despite Dallas’ two biggest moves of the offseason being at that spot.
A 308-pound defensive tackle, Hill didn’t leave his former school on the best of terms. Hill was unhappy with his playing time in a Fiesta Bowl loss to LSU that ended UCF’s 25-game winning streak. He skipped his senior season to enter the draft.
Hill figures to compete with current starters Maliek Collins and Antwaun Woods, an undrafted player who was one of the biggest surprises for Dallas last season. Hill started just once in 12 games as a junior after starting all 13 games each of his first two seasons. He had six sacks in three seasons.
The Cowboys had the 90th overall pick in the third round later Friday night.