Dallas Cowboys Draft Profile: Tyler Steen, OT

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With Tyler Smith’s best position (OT or OG) undetermined and Terence Steele a restricted free agent, the Dallas Cowboys have a low key need at offensive tackle this draft cycle. Even if both players are expected to be the long-term answer at their respective tackle spots, Dallas learned you can never have too many tackles on a roster and you can always move an extra one inside to play guard.

Since it’s easier to ask a tackle to play guard than a guard to play tackle, the Cowboys could very well target a tackle early in the draft in order to universally fill an inexact need in their starting ranks.

Tyler Steen is an offensive lineman moving up draft boards who the Dallas Cowboys should pay special attention to.

Tyler Steen, 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, is senior offensive tackle whose stock is on the rise. The Alabama tackle was a standout over Senior Bowl week, dominating practice reps and showing NFL teams like the Dallas Cowboys he has the position versatility to play guard or tackle.


Steen’s arm length isn’t ideal, prompting the projection inside at the next level. But his athleticism, footwork, and quick hands make him standout as a top pass-protector. He’s technically a little inconsistent but athletically, he typically makes up for it.

At the NFL level, his athleticism won’t be able to bail him out so getting fundamentally sound is paramount. As a run-blocker, he’s best on the move where he can show off his natural ability. He’s not physically dominant and will have to improve in the strength department.

Overall, Tyler Steen has all the physical tools you can’t teach (except for arm length) and as long as he develops technical consistency, should be a legit NFL starting offensive lineman.

On the Dallas Cowboys, he would plug into the open left guard spot on Day 1 and offer a little flexibility to play some offensive tackle if the situation demanded it.

Projected Draft Spot: The Draft Network currently has Tyler Steen slated for a third round spot. They have him best fitting as a LT in the NFL and slotted him accordingly. After the Senior Bowl I think it’s safe to say he built up a fan club of scouts. He’s likely on everyone’s board as either a G or T and as such, a clear top-70 pick heading into spring.

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The Dallas Cowboys need another top tier player on their offensive line. Even if they bring back Tyron Smith and lock up Terence Steele, the Cowboys could use a player with a little long-term inside/outside capability. Tyler Steen has that.