Although the offensive line was one of the strengths on offense last season, the Dallas Cowboys could make it even better by drafting a player like Taylor Lewan or Zack Martin in the first round. The Cowboys made it their goal in the 2013 NFL Draft to address the offensive line by drafting Travis Frederick out of Wisconsin. The Cowboys have two young stars on the offensive line in Frederick and Tyron Smith, and they could add another young star in May.
Lewan looked like he would be a top-ten pick after the 2012 college football season, but he regressed in 2013. Lewan could be seen in 2013 letting defensive ends from Akron blow by him. It looked like he would fall out of the first round, but Lewan had a great showing in the NFL Scouting Combine. He had the fastest 40-time, and he was pretty impressive in the bench press event.
Martin looked slow at the combine, but 40-yard speed isn’t really important for offensive tackles. For example, when is your offensive tackle ever going to run 40 yards? Yeah right… Never. Martin has been the best player on Notre Dame’s offensive line for two years straight, and he has the ability to play guard or tackle, which is something that Lewan can’t do.
If it were up to me, I would choose Martin over Lewan. The latter has some character concerns, and that is something that the Cowboys can’t have going forward. Drafting Martin would give Dallas three long-term stars on the offensive line. Lewan may have a higher ceiling, but Martin is a more finished product. I wouldn’t be upset at all if the Cowboys draft Martin at No. 16.