Former NIU defensive tackle Ken Bishop is the latest member of the Dallas Cowboys after being selected 251st overall in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
A big 300+ pound defensive tackle, Bishop anchored the Huskies defensive line for the past several seasons. A 2013 first team All-MAC defensive lineman, Bishop totaled 70 tackles as the Huskies nose guard in his senior year, to go along with seven tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. As a junior Bishop gobbled up 55 tackles, two sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.
Bishop originally went to Ellsworth Community College in Iowa, where he spent two seasons in the JUCO ranks. He tallied 131 tackles in those two seasons in Iowa.
Bishop is a prototypical noseguard. A big body who clogs up the holes and jams the offensive line. At just 6-feet tall, Bishop has a great base and center of gravity, allowing him to get lower than the offensive line and bullrush his way through. He's got quick hands for a man his size, and can shed blocks and beat double teams to get into the backfield and attack the ball carrier.
Not a pass rusher, but he is dynamic in the run game. He only had 3.5 sacks at NIU, and just two at Ellsworth CC. IF he can develop more technique, and become a bit more fluid in his step off the line, he could be a solid piece in the Cowboys run defense. He certainly makes it difficult to run the ball.