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Cowboys defensive line just got better thanks to Raiders

The Dallas Cowboys already had a solid pass rush, but their run defense left a lot to be desired. Dan Quinn hopes their latest addition fixes that, thanks to the Raiders.

While the trade deadline isn’t until Nov. 1, it hasn’t stopped some teams from acting upon their needs. This includes the Dallas Cowboys, which dealt for Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle  Johnathan Hankins on Tuesday afternoon.

The full trade terms are below, thanks to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Cowboys Get

DT, Johnathan Hankins

seventh-round pick

Raiders Get

Sixth-round pick

For a very limited amount of draft capital, Dallas was able to improve its rush defense and gain a little more depth between the tackles.

NFL trade grades: What Jonathan Hankins trade means for Cowboys?

Dallas Cowboys grade: B-

There’s a lot to like about this trade by the Cowboys. They gave up next to nothing for Hankins, a former second-round selection, who can slide in immediately in a run-stopping role in Dan Quinn’s defense. It’s a win for a team that doesn’t need all that many upgrades now that Dak Prescott is back in the fold.

Las Vegas Raiders grade: C

The Raiders knew they wouldn’t gain anything of substance for Hankins, who at this point is nothing more than a depth piece on most defenses. Even a late-round selection is something, and in theory Vegas will move up a round in next year’s NFL Draft. It’s certainly better than the alternative, which was likely placing Hankins on waivers and losing him for nothing at all.

Hankins makes just under $650k on the season, and will be a free agent this offseason. It’s a short-term rental for a Dallas team with postseason aspirations. Every player on the 53-man roster has a role, and that now includes Hankins, who must bring his big frame with him to help clog the middle when necessary.