Dallas Cowboys Draft
Round 2, Pick 36
OT Alex Leatherwood
I don’t think offensive line is an important to the Dallas Cowboys this offseason as many others seem to, but I like the idea of Alex Leatherwood here at the top of Round 2 — provided I traded back in round one, scored a top-2 CB with my first pick and I gained an extra pick in the top-50, of course.
The Dallas Cowboys may not have a need at all on the offensive line next year. If everyone comes back healthy, they have elite players at tackle with Tyron Smith and La’el Collins, the best guard in the NFL in Zack Martin, a budding talent in Tyler Biadisz at center, and two average NFL guards in Connor McGovern and Connor Williams to duke it out for the last starting spot. Even Brandon Knight offers decent depth at swing tackle.
But that’s an ideal scenario and Dallas Cowboys fans know all-too-well, the ideal rarely happens for our cursed franchise. So adding a top-50 offensive linemen makes some sense right now, if not in the short term, certainly in the long-term.
The reason I like Alex Leatherwood is really two-fold:
- He’s a top rated OT prospect who stands 6-foot-6, 310 lbs. He’s a five-star recruit who’s both extremely strong and smooth and likely a franchise tackle in the NFL.
- He’s a versatile enough talent that he can play four offensive line positions, so even if both Collins and Smith stay healthy all year, Leatherwood can still challenge for snaps inside.
He also receives top marks for being a high character player who plays well with others. If he falls to the second round under this scenario, I’m more than fine making this pick and so should you.