The Dallas Cowboys will be looking to add a swing tackle at some point this offseason. Here are some Day 3 picks who could fill the all-important role
The Dallas Cowboys seemingly did everything right last season when they addressed the swing tackle role. They continued grooming Chaz Green, a player who was drafted in the 3rd round and who also played admirably in relief in 2016. And they brought in proven insurance when they added veteran lineman, Byron Bell.
As we all know, neither player performed up to expectations and the entire swing tackle plan blew up in the Cowboys’ faces. As such, expect the Cowboys to, once again, be thorough in their handling of the situation – bringing in talent both through the draft as well as in free agency.
While Chaz Green is expected to compete for the lead backup role again, no one feels good about relying on him solely. In a thin class of offensive tackles, it’s likely the Cowboys wait until Day 3 of the draft to select a player.
Here are four mid-to-late-round offensive tackles who could be Dallas’ swing tackle:
Brandon Parker / 6’7” 303lbs / North Carolina A&T
I’ve spoken of Brandon Parker often so he should be no stranger to anyone. The only problem is if you poke around at other team sites, he’s drawing interest from there as well. Suddenly our sleeper is no longer ours and as such, he’s no longer a sleeper.
Because most draft boards list him as a Day 3 kid, I’ll include him on this exercise. But I’d be shocked if he actually fell to the Cowboys in the 4th round.
Projected round: 3-4
Timon Parris / 6’5” 320lbs / Stony Brook
Of all the small school projects, Parris may be the biggest project (who’s draftable, that is). Parris appears to have the size and athleticism to be a pro tackle, he’s just raw and unproven. Parris has starter level talents but will take some time to develop. For what it’s worth, he’s lean and strong and looks a lot like Tyron Smith physically, so he looks every bit the part.
Projected round 4-6
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Alex Cappa / 6’5” 299lbs / Humboldt State
Like Parker, Cappa is a small school kid who is climbing up draft boards. He matched up well at the Senior Bowl and holds more potential than most prospects. Still, he’s likely to be a project so he may not be a great swing option until he gets a year under his belt.
Projected round: 4-6
Austin Corbett / 6’4” 310lbs / Nevada
Corbett is a player with loads of experience at both right and left tackle, yet some project him as a center in the NFL due to his size concerns. While his size and length aren’t optimal, they aren’t terrible either.
In fact, a certain Cowboy has the exact same measurables: La’el Collins is 6’4” 305lbs and has 33” reach.
Projected round: 4th
What do you think? Would you rather invest in a swing tackle on Day 2 or Day 3? Or would you rather avoid it altogether and try to use free agency to address the position?