Complete Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Final Prediction

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Matt Hennessy, Interior Offensive Lineman (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

Matt Hennessy, IOL, Temple

With Dallas’ third-round pick, they select an offensive linemen who I believe would be a steal at this point in the draft. In 2018, we saw a potential first-round pick in Connor Williams fall to the Cowboys at pick 50; in 2019, offensive lineman Connor McGovern had a similar tumble into the third round.

What’s to say that doesn’t happen again?

Currently, the center position is filled by veteran Joe Looney and Connor McGovern. The expectation is these two will be competing for the starting role. However, what if we threw a curveball and grabbed Hennessy at 82? Now the battle for starting center got another participant and it also gives the team flexibility to move McGovern back to guard if they like Hennessy.

Drafting a center this high shouldn’t make sense. However, drafting Hennessy specifically does. He doesn’t provide much positional versatility after starting at center the entire time at Temple, but his athleticism and intelligence would go a long way in the steady play of the offensive line.

When Travis Frederick sat out the 2018 season, one big issue for the offensive line was poor communication on assignment. That issue might be minimized with the addition of Hennessy who was responsible for the communication of the line at Temple. This in addition to his above-average blocking ability could help the Cowboys bring back the great line of Dallas from 2016.

However, the question exists, is there someone else the Dallas Cowboys could have selected that would have helped the team? Texas safety Brandon Jones and Iowa cornerback Michael Ojemudia were available, however, the team is eyeing specific talent to play in the defensive backfield. The Cowboys have interviewed one offensive linemen virtually compared to the seven defensive backs.

If the team is interested in drafting someone they haven’t previously contacted, odds are it is an offensive lineman.