7th Round – Ike Boettger – Offensive Tackle – Iowa
The seventh round of the NFL draft is a strange place. Many teams will try to take a flier on guys who were injured, look like tweeners, or will be in high demand after the draft. Ike Boettger falls into the first and last categories.
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Ike ruptured his achillies tendon in the first game this season and missed the entire rest of 2017. Had he not gotten injured, Boettger would surely be drafted higher than the seventh round. He may still try to redshirt last year, for now he is in the draft.
Before Boettger went down, he was an anchor on the Iowa line at tackle. He is a right tackle who was actually going to be a tight end at Iowa when he arrived. He had power and good hand placement and was solid as a tackle. His injury and recovery is a mystery to how it will affect him.
The big thing on Boettger was he wasn’t exceptionally great at pass protection or run blocking, but also wasn’t a liability in either.
He is a solid tackle who if healthy can easily become a swing tackle in the NFL. At the very least he is a solid depth player for a year or two at right tackle. Time will have to tell on him.
I do think the Dallas Cowboys will look at tackle hard this offseason, but it never hurts to have more offensive linemen.