By Matthew Postins
Meet Ken Bishop, the Cowboys’ Seventh-Round Pick
The Dallas Cowboys selected Northern Illinois defensive tackle Ken Bishop with their seventh-round (No. 251 overall) selection on Saturday afternoon. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6-foot, 306 pounds
Rankings: CBSSports.com ranks Bishop as the No. 248 overall prospect and the No. 22 draft prospect at defensive tackle. CBSSports.com graded him a seventh-round pick.
The skinny: Consensus first team All-MAC selection. Fourth on the NIU defense in tackles and tops on the defensive line with an amazing 70 stops from the nose guard position. Also had seven tackles for loss on the year to tie for fourth on the team. Intercepted two passes and broke up one, recorded 1.5 quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery. Sat out the Western Michigan game. Made a career-high 11 tackles at Toledo (11-20) to dominate the line of scrimmage. Recorded four tackles with a TFL and a pass break-up versus Ball State (11-13). At UMass (11-2), tallied a career-high nine tackles and stepped in front of a screen pass for his first interception, which he returned 14 yards to the UMass six. Earned MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in 2013 with that effort. Tallied six tackles versus Bowling Green (12-6) in the MAC Championship game. Recorded his second career interception versus Utah State (12-26) in the Poinsettia Bowl and also had five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and half a sack. Named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week after leading the NIU defense with eight tackles and a fumble recovery at Idaho (9-14). Led the Huskie defense with six tackles, including one for a loss, versus Akron (10-12). Recorded four tackles with a tackle for loss at Kent State (10-5). Made six tackles in the season-opening win at Iowa (8-31). Tallied three tackles, all solo, including a sack and tackle for loss in the victory over Eastern Illinois (9-21). Had at least two tackles in every game he played in 2013. Made four tackles in the NIU win over Central Michigan (10-19).
What Cowboys are getting: A true one-technique tackle. His primary role with the Huskies was to fill the gap and stop the run. He’s one of those players that Jerry Jones talked about on Friday, players the Cowboys need to come in and take up two blockers. Bishop did that at NIU, but of course the talent level was different in the MAC. Scouts are enamored with his motor, but not his overall size or his ability to get to the backfield.
Postins’ Take: The Cowboys spent a lot of time going after players that could help them rush the passer in this draft, but the Cowboys needed to shore up their ability to stop the run, too. Bishop is the type of player that can play that one-technique, the same position Nick Hayden played last year. The question is whether he can make the learning curve from college football to the NFL. It sounds like he improved steadily for NIU until he became a First-Team All-MAC performer last year. Consistency will help keep you employed in the NFL.
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