When looking at the Dallas Cowboys’ depth chart, make sure to not overlook Offensive Tackle Isaac Alarcón. The promising 22-year old from Mexico spent all of last season in the team’s practice squad and even though we haven’t seen him play, there are reasons to believe he’ll be a member of the 53-man roster in 2021.
The 6’7 offensive tackle started his path to the NFL through the league’s International Player Pathway after a remarkable college football career in Mexico. In this program, the league aims to find international talent with the potential to play on Sundays.
In 2020, Alarcón was designated to the Dallas Cowboys, becoming the first player from Mexico to be designated to an NFL team through the IPP. He went on to spend the entire season in the team’s practice squad. Unfortunately, given the cancellation of the preseason last year, fans haven’t gotten the chance to watch him play.
But Alarcón’s working hard this offseason to change that as he tries to make the Dallas Cowboys roster in 2021.
In fact, he’s training with one of the biggest names in private coaching, Duke Manyweather. “Big Duke” has earned himself a great reputation as a line coach and functional movement specialist who works with plenty of NFL pros and Draft prospects.
In 2020, Manyweather hosted an “OL Masterminds Summitt” with current NFL offensive tackles, including Eagles’ Lane Johnson, and Saints’ Terron Armstead. In it, offensive tackles from multiple teams and former players like Brian Baldinger gathered to try to find an answer to the modern pass rusher.
Manyweather, who is La’el Collins offseason position coach, is also working with Isaac Alarcón this offseason. And although we haven’t seen the 22-year-old play yet, Duke has nothing but promising things to say about Alarcón.
“Isaac has tremendous physical tools and is a quick learner,” Manyweather said to A to Z Sports Dallas.
From the moment he was selected to the NFL International Player Pathway program, his physical traits were one of the most promising things about the Mexican offensive lineman. Listed at an impressive 6’7 and 320 pounds, Isaac Alarcón can still provide athleticism to the Dallas Cowboys.
“Isaac also possesses some traits and movement skills that are extremely rare for a man his size,” said Manyweather.
As an international player, the Dallas Cowboys were allowed to keep Isaac Alarcón in 2020 as a practice squad member without him counting toward the player limit. However, this came at a cost as the Cowboys weren’t allowed to call him up to the active roster.
In 2021, that will change. And Alarcón might even earn a spot in the 53-man roster.
At least, it sounds like he has the tools required to do so.
“The NFL is filled with tremendous freaky athletes and riculous talent, no matter of his path and origin… isaac is one of those freaks.” – Duke Manyweather.
Not only does he has the skill set required to play in the league, but he has the fans, too. And I’m not talking only about Dallas Cowboys fans. After all, Mexico is the second country with the most NFL fans in the world, second only to the U.S. In fact, no NFL game has had more fans in attendance than a Cowboys-Oilers preseason matchup played in Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in 1994.
Every Cowboys fan in Mexico is rooting for Alarcón to make the roster. Once The Great Isaac – as Dak Prescott nicknamed him last season – sees the field, it wouldn’t be surprising to watch him stick around for a long time.