Originally Posted by AMERICAS_FAN
There's already a thread titled "Off-Season Priority #1: Find A Running Game". And I agree, in the NFL, you need to run the ball, but also stop the run. And we need a NT, in a bad way, to do that.
I think the Cowboys would only consider a DL at #18 if he is a really good pass-rusher. The only DL that I see like that at #18 is Sheldon Richardson and he would be a DE. Also, he may not be an option due to character issues.
IMO, you can find run-stopping NTs in Free Agency for a reasonable cost. As mentioned in other posts, Sammy Lee Hill or Terrance Knighton could do the job.
Knighton (6-3, 330) was phased out in Jacksonville because they wanted quicker DTs in their 4-3; however, he would be a better fit as a 3-4 NT. He was drafted when the Jags were trying to switch to more 3-4 looks but they have since discarded that plan.
With someone like Knighton as the primary run stopping NT, the Cowboys can use Ratliff and/or Lissemore when they use a true 3-4 front in probable passing situations.
The Cowboys use a 4-man line in the nickel defense over 1/3 of the time. It might be good to just play Ratliff as a DT in the 4-man line and let Knighton/Lissemore play all the snaps at NT in the 3-man line.