Here’s why all Cowboys fans should hope the rookie Tyler Biadasz claims the starting center position.
We don’t know what the Dallas Cowboys have in rookie fourth rounder, Tyler Biadasz. Having yet to take a professional snap, no one knows what the Wisconsin center offers as a pro. But there’s plenty of reason to believe Biadasz is a Day 3 steal and that he’s primed to seize the a starting role sooner rather than later.
One thing is clear – Biadasz will have to earn it. He’ll be competing with veteran center, Joe Looney and 2019 top-100 pick, Connor McGovern. But even though McGovern is more pedigreed and Looney has more skins on the wall, Dallas Cowboys fans should be rooting for the rookie to win the starting center job.
Why would Biadasz be preferable to the other two? A few reasons:
- His undiscovered ceiling
- McGovern’s position flex
- Looney’s established play
The top reason fans should be cheering for Tyler Biadasz to claim that top spot is his potential. The rookie may come to Dallas as a mere fourth rounder, but he’s far from your regular Day 3 pick. The Wisconsin center was winner of the 2019 Rimington award, given to the best center in the country. And that award winning 2019 paled in comparison to his 2018 season where he was about as dominant of a center as we’ve seen in years.
But the center regressed last season (despite the award) and a handful of injuries caused many teams to shy away from him in the draft. Biadasz is a player who could be a decade long Pro Bowler or a player who never overcomes injuries. It’s that high ceiling Dallas is banking on. And it’s that same reason that should make fans root for him to claim a starting role early.
The second reason is more about competition and depth elsewhere. Connor McGovern, Dallas’ second year interior linemen, is expected to compete at left guard as well. As the only player capable of pushing Connor Williams (the incumbent LG), it’s important he’s available to compete. In other words, if McGovern wins the center spot, no one will push Williams at LG.
Then we have the Joe Looney factor to consider. While the veteran interior lineman offers great depth and stability to the Dallas Cowboys, he’s tapped his potential and can’t be considered an ideal option as a starter.
As the article directly below breaks down, Looney may not have been a terrible starter for Dallas in 2018, but he wasn’t a good one either.
The final reason is controllability. As a rookie, Tyler Biadasz has four years a cheap service time to offer. Looney’s a free agent after this season and McGovern has three seasons left. So just from a budget side of things, Biadasz is the optimal option at center.
May the best man win the job, but all Dallas Cowboys fans should be hoping for the rookie to be the best man.