Dallas Cowboys Draft: Florida’s OG – O’Cyrus Torrence

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It’s that time of the year again. For NFL teams, preparation for the NFL draft is ongoing. When free agency opens, we may see Connor McGovern walk out of the Dallas Cowboys door. We don’t know what will happen with the Tyron Smith saga, which could impact what happens with Tyler Smith.

The team needs to prepare for any of those outcomes. In a class where the guard position isn’t overly stacked, O’Cyrus Torrence is projected to be one of top guards drafted once all the dust settles. Let’s get to know the potential future offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys.

O’Cyrus Torrence is one of the more interesting offensive linemen the Dallas Cowboys will be looking into prior to this year’s NFL draft.

O’Cyrus Torrence is a 6’5″ 347 pound right offensive guard out of the University of Florida.  It should be noted that he played the first three years of his career at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he did play some left guard.

So, the narrative around him only playing the right side is not totally accurate. Transferring to Florida for his senior season didn’t initially seem like a big deal but lining up against better talent like UGA DT Jalen Carter won’t go unnoticed.

Despite playing four years at two different universities, he is still a raw talent who will need a good offensive line coach. O’Cyrus Torrence feels a lot like Tyler Smith in some ways. Tyler was a raw second-round talent who got pushed up the draft board due to his physical traits, team needs and position demand.

Same can be said about Torrence. It is not a great guard class this year similar to last year so prospects that have outstanding physical traits may find themselves in high demand.

He is athletic and has good quickness for a guy of his size. When his base is firmly planted, there are not many people that can bullrush through him. There are times he is late getting off the ball and it puts him off balance, but I believe that’s coachable skill.

His power, punch and ability to move quickly to set angle blocks on defenders will outweigh some of those drawbacks. Not to mention, he has given up virtually no sacks in his college career. That is impressive.

O’Cyrus Torrence is going to be one of the taller interior offensive linemen in the NFL next season. At first glance, his height would prompt you to believe he could play some tackle in the NFL. The arm length leaves something to be desired which is probably the reason coaches opted to play him at the offensive guard position despite being 6’5″. Pad level is going to be important for a player at his height. Defensive linemen feast on getting lower and winning the leverage battle so that’s something we will need to keep an eye on.

Projected Draft Spot: Torrence is going to be an interesting selection. Obviously, if he was a tackle, I would suspect he would be almost a lock for a Top-20 selection. Most recently, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has him slated at the 17th overall draft pick. Last year, we saw both Kenyon Green and Zion Johnson come off the board at 15 and 17 respectively. O’Cyrus Torrence may land outside of the Dallas Cowboys range, but we shouldn’t completely count him out until all the dominoes fall.

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