Dallas Cowboys Draft: 5 Offensive Linemen for 5 Rounds

Travis Frederick #72 of the Dallas cowboys (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Travis Frederick #72 of the Dallas cowboys (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Biadasz, Interior Offensive Lineman (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

Round Grade: 3rd round

Value: Correct

Percent Probability: 100%

Once seen as a first-round pick, Biadasz’s junior season hasn’t gone according to plan. The Badger is another Wisconsin offensive lineman looking to provide his services to a team. Wisconsin offensive linemen have a brand of being big bruising offensive linemen that can move people in the run game; Biadasz isn’t quite that.

In the 2018 football season, Biadasz had left guard Michael Deiter and right guard Beau Benzschawel on either side of him. Both of these players declared for the draft and were selected by various teams. Their play covered some of Biadasz’s athletic limitations as he wasn’t forced into as many one-on-one situations as he faced in the 2019 season.

Fast forward to this season, and Biadasz’s intelligence and ferocity are still very apparent in the running game. Unfortunately, now his matchups aren’t being driven away, they are simply being stood. In the passing game, he switches assignments well but when faced one-on-one with a defensive tackle, he struggles to survive against power rushes.

All these issues sound way worse than they are, but these were issues that only exposed themselves with lesser talent around him. The good thing with all of this is we now know exactly what Biadasz provides as a prospect.

As an athlete, the Badger isn’t as strong as his big body would suggest, but he is an excellent mover. He can open his hips well as a pass blocker and is quite an exceptional athlete when pulling or blocking someone in open space.

Biadasz is a good run blocker. He can move defenders away from the ball. As a combo blocker, he is pretty consistent at attacking his first level defender before eventually racing up to the second level. Sometimes he loses balance and that could be attributed to his lack of strength, specifically in his core. As previously mentioned, he is an effective blocker in open spacing.

As a pass blocker, he is very helpful in double team situations. Wisconsin doesn’t pass the ball often, but when they do there are a lot of blockers present. This is great when the defense doesn’t blitz because Biadasz can help someone double team a defender. When they do, the Badger can be thrust into a one-on-one situation. Against a speedy rusher, Biadasz can put him away. Against a power rusher, Biadasz struggles even though he doesn’t give up sacks.

Last season, Travis Frederick struggled when dealing with power rushes as he was still overcoming his autoimmune disease. While this didn’t necessarily result in more sacks, it is something the team had to gameplan for knowing Frederick would be on the field for every offensive snap.