Another week has passed and we’re back with another 7 round positional mock draft. (If you will) Unlike cornerback, the Dallas Cowboys are not in such grave need for prospects with great proficiency for playing offensive tackle.
Much like the cornerback room, the Cowboys saw a singular departure from the building. The lone departure was Cameron Erving who joined the Carolina Panthers for a 2 year, $10 million contract. Brandon Knight and Terrence Steele remain on the active roster, which in theory should be enough backup depth.
We look at one offensive tackle prospect in each round of the draft for the Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys will bring back All-Pros Tyron Smith and Zack Martin in addition to Pro-Bowl caliber starter La’el Collins; all these players had season-ending injuries in 2020. With these three, a good player in Connor Williams, and a budding franchise center in Tyler Biadasz, drafting another offensive tackle to be a swing tackle seems like a misuse of a Top 10 pick.
One look at the defensive depth chart and you’ll know why
It’s a tricky situation as teams should attempt to draft the best player available. Teams experience significant turnover every five years, not selecting proven good players just because they play a position the team is currently experiencing a log jam in could set them behind in future classes where that position may not be as good.
But that might not even be the case with offensive tackles as the position is experiencing a rebirth of good players at the position. (The future of offensive football in the NFL clearly has me at a crossroads I have no idea how to approach)
It is now T-36 days before the NFL Draft. I’m back with another 7 Rounds of a Certain Position.
The point of these, as always, is to gauge the value of the prospects in each round. It is likely the best player available in each round is an offensive tackle this draft, but how much of a drop-off in talent would we experience from round to round?
This year we’re using Pro Football Networks draft simulator. No picks will be traded. This would largely defeat the purpose of this article. With the number of picks the team has, they can likely find their guy at any point in the draft. Think of this as a mock draft of offensive tackles.
(Lastly, a gap running scheme and power running scheme are the same thing. I just use them interchangeably)
Let’s get on with it!