Dallas Cowboys Round Six – Richard Gouraige – Offensive Tackle – Florida
For the second time in two rounds, the Cowboys add another Florida Gator in Richard Gouraige. When you’re a prospect selected in the sixth round, you’re most likely coming off an injury or a developmental player. Gouraige falls into the developmental side with promising traits that can be maximized in the right situation and with the correct coaching.
This young man is massive and has the length of an NFL tackle and he has shown the ability to keep defenders at bay and away from the quarterback. Where he really excels is in the run game with his overall body mass and length where he shields runners while keeping opposing defenders at bay.
With this skill set, Gouraige would be best suited for teams who love to run the ball. Although we all know the Cowboys can pass the ball effectively when their offensive line is healthy, we also have seen time and time again that they prefer to establish dominance by running the ball.
Where Gouraige is a liability is in his overall technique and pass protection. He often struggles with his feet and doesn’t get set when dealing with speedy and athletic ends who are quick off the line. This will cause him to use poor technique in attempts to regain control of the rep and is most noticeable when having to move laterally and pick up blitzes.
Overall, Richard Gouraige has the foundation to be an offensive tackle at the NFL level. Whether he’s a starter or not will depend on how quickly he can develop his technique in pass sets. At worst, Gouraige appears to be a backup who can play a rep or two if someone needs a break or when an injury occurs.