Complete Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Final Edition (with trades)

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Keith Ismael (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Keith Ismael (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Dallas Cowboys

Round 5 – Pick 179 

Keith Ismael – C/G – San Diego State

Arguably the Cowboys need at the very least depth on the interior of the offensive line. While they could go earlier than the fifth round the way the draft fell and the players available led to waiting for a player. Keith Ismael is a scheme specific center who could be a solid addition to the offensive line with time to develop.

Ismael is a zone blocking scheme center with some agility and speed that will help him potentially become a starter in the NFL. He accelerates to the second level well and knows how to take a good angle and use technique to overcome some strength issues. A very smart lineman who sees plays quickly and adjusts. With good bend, great balance, and quick feet, Ismael is a solid pickup.

Where Ismael will need work is adding strength to his game. He is not a guy you want to hold blocks for longer period of times. If he doesn’t add more strength he is very scheme specific but would serve well as a starter if asked to stay in a specific system. He will need a year or two to develop and add mass, but if can keep some of the agility and quickness is an eventual starter.