The Dallas Cowboys will certainly be in the market for more offensive line help. Nick Broeker is one of the more solid offensive linemen to enter the 2023 NFL Draft. He is a decorated lineman that spent the majority of his career anchoring the left side of the line.
He was a 3-year starter for the Ole Miss Running Rebels so that experience will be an added benefit for teams that are looking for a plug and play type of guy. He is not high on everyone’s mock draft. However, if you put a lot of stock in those, it would play right into the Dallas Cowboys hands.
Nick Broeker offers the experience and offensive line versatility that the Dallas Cowboys greatly covet.
Nick Broeker is a 6’5″ 315-pound offensive lineman that has played two seasons at the left tackle position and one season at the left guard position. His blend of size and experience will give him a chance to play some left tackle in the NFL. Granted, Nick will probably be best suited for the guard position, it’s great to know that success on the edge can be had if it was absolutely necessary.
Will his arm length be a concern? Maybe. However, there have been other NFL left tackles with shorter arms that have at least played the position even at high levels. So, there’s no reason to completely remove that from variable from the equation when thinking of drafting this prospect. Think Riley Reiff, Jonah Williams and most notably retired NFL-All Pro Joe Thomas. All three had sub 34″ arms and really successful NFL careers.
Going back to the experience factor, an important note is the number of quarterbacks he has been blocking for in his Ole Miss career. Not many left tackles/left guards have blocked for three different quarterbacks over a span of three years. Matt Corral, John Rhys Plumlee and recently Jaxson Dart. All three quarterbacks were similar in ways but blocking for all three comes with it challenges. His technique and hand placement were solid. His intelligence in the position has always been above average.
Playing in the SEC sometimes gets watered down or even overblown but let’s list out the players that Nick Broeker had head-to-head action with: K’Lavon Chaisson (LSU), Will Anderson (Alabama) and most recently Jalen Carter (Georgia). You can’t get that experience anywhere else.
Projected Draft Spot: With the interior offensive linemen group not being as strong as it has been in the past, it may move this prospect up the board to some degree. However, a third-round pick would be a realistic landing spot for someone with his abilities, experience and position versatility.
NFL Comparison: Michael Schoefield, Chicago Bears