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Cowboys’ DeMarvion Overshown’s lost season, 2024 fit, and long-term outlook

DeMarvion Overshown’s professional career barely off the ground before an ACL injury in the preseason landed the third-round pick on season-ending IR. Up until that moment, things were looking up for the linebacker out of Texas.

Overshown was often seen of as a man without a position in college. Bouncing between safety and linebacker, Overshown appeared to be a hybrid of sorts. He was a football player, without question, but scouts were split on what role exactly he’d play in the NFL.

His 6-foot-3 229-pound frame allowed him to exist in multiple capacities, and the Cowboys had a growing reputation for making it work with nontraditionally built box players.

Despite his relatively lean frame and previous experience at the safety position, Overshown played like a true thumper in Cowboys camp. He exploded to holes, attacking his run fits like a man with a grudge.

His sideline-to-sideline acumen translated perfectly to the pro game. He didn’t look like a rookie adapting to the speed of the competition in any way. In fact, his speed popped off the screen in training camp and preseason action.

A rookie in name only, Overshown immediately upgraded the overall IQ of the defense. He had a veteran sense to him that made him a leader on the field, coaching staff darling, and fan favorite. Overshown was even taking turns wearing the green dot, which indicates he was relaying defensive plays on the field.

For a player who never saw the field in the regular season, the hype was enormous, but seemingly justified.

2024 fit

(Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

It was clear early on in training camp, Overshown was far less developmental than many had imagined when he was first picked. His intelligence allowed him to diagnose and execute without hesitation, which will help him fit whatever defense the Cowboys decide to unveil in 2024.

Coming off a major injury and with so little NFL film to his name, it’s difficult to project what he’ll look like in training camp in 2024. He’ll have almost a full year of recovery so many are hoping he’ll be 100%, but often times it takes years to truly regain preinjury explosiveness.

Overshown played 472 special teams snaps in college, so it stands to reason he’ll factor into the Cowboys special teams units in some capacity early. How much will likely depend on the role he seizes on the regular defense.

Dallas is ridiculously thin at LB heading into the offseason and are likely banking on Overshown to jump into a starting role early.

Based on his expectations and the Cowboys LB situation, it’s smart to expect significant contributions from him in 2024.

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Long-term outlook

(Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

Where exactly Overshown fits long-term in the Cowboys LB corps depends on few things. The Cowboys entire LB room looks like it’s in the midst of an overhaul. Bell is probably moving back to SAF, Leighton Vander Esch may never play again, and Damone Clark has yet to find his optimal spot on the field.

Overshown has shown he can play a variety of LB roles so his landing spot going forward may come down to the personnel around him and the scheme being run. It may even change year to year. He played SAM at Texas, showing the ability to rush the passer from an off-ball role. In training camp, he showed he can play MIKE, calling plays, chasing the ball and dropping into coverage.

The sky is the limit for Overshown with his biggest asset being what’s between the ears. If he can also regain his physical form, he could be a special player for the Cowboys for a long time to come.

Story originally appeared on Cowboys Wire