The 2019 NFL Draft is just about here and the Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to be sitting out of the first round. High ranking team officials have stated the Cowboys won’t trade back into the first round, but we’d be foolish to believe any door would be closed.
Something that might be a tad more likely to happen in the draft, the Cowboys addressing the offensive line. Right tackle La’el Collins is in the last year of his deal and might not get a new contract offer from the team. The Cowboys have other prominent players to pay before doling out an extension to Collins. The veteran offensive lineman didn’t have a great year in 2018 and needs to prove he is worth keeping around.
The good news is that Collins improved his play once Paul Alexander was axed and returned to the techniques taught by former offensive line coach Frank Pollack and current head man Marco Colombo. It would help Collins’ chances of getting a new deal and the team if he played up to his potential.
However, if he doesn’t, Dallas needs to have someone waiting to step in. Last year’s second-round pick Connor Williams might be able to handle the job, but then the team would need to fill the left guard position.
Either way, the Cowboys need to be ready with an option or two to fill out their starting unit on the offensive line. Cameron Fleming, Joe Looney, and Xavier Su’a-Filo are all capable back-ups but only Fleming is signed past 2019. Also, none are future answers at guard or tackle.
The upcoming draft would be a good place to start for the Cowboys to address the offensive line. It might not be a position of priority, but the team should be proactive in finding long-term solutions.
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