Dallas Cowboys in Round 7
Tommy Doyle, Miami (OH)
As I mentioned previously, we’ve hit the part of the class where everyone is seemingly an undrafted free agent, it’s just up to the team to pick the player they believe has the most developmental upside. Doyle might be the developmental prospect of the Day 3 players on this list.
Doyle was a three-star linebacker recruit from Minnesota. He was recruited to play offensive tackle after coaches deemed he wasn’t athletic enough to play defensive end. Now standing at 6-foot-8, 326 pounds they might have been onto something with that position switch.
Perhaps the first thing you notice about Doyle is that he is a fairly lean individual. As a run blocker, he is adequate at drive defenders backward and his grip strength isn’t good enough to prevent defenders from disengaging and moving towards the ball carrier. He does display the ability to move laterally fairly well on zone runs which is impressive considering his height.
Doyle displays good instincts to combo block understand his assignment at the second level and reacting accordingly. He displays good competitive toughness and even in situations where he gets beat, he displays good mental toughness to rebound on the next play.
In pass protection, he displays enough athletic ability to reach his pass sets and maintain a half-man relationship with his assignment. He displays solid use of hands with solid hand timing and hand placement. He could afford to get better in this area, but so can many other prospects.
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Perhaps the biggest concern regarding Doyle is he needs to get stronger. He is already a fairly large individual; he just needs to rework his body to add some core and leg strength. He is susceptible to collapsing the pocket as a result of power and bull rushes because he just doesn’t have as good of an anchor. For his size, you’d also expect him to drive defenders better while run blocking.
In all, this collection of offensive tackles isn’t in the order I’d draft them in, it was following the Pro Football Network big board. Every team’s big board is different but their big board allowed me to draft players in order of how they’re perceived by teams. What this collection of offensive tackles also proved was that considering the current state of this team, it’s possible to find a developmental guy on Day 3 fairly easily with starting caliber talent littered all over the previous two days.
With the Cowboys having 10 picks and multiple in the third, fourth, and sixth, a tackle selection seems likely. It’s just a matter of when? Hopefully some luck finds its way to Dallas so the team can get the best value from this draft class.