Round Seven – Pick Number 245: Ricky Stromberg, Center, University of Arkansas
Dallas went into the Arkansas bag of tricks last year with the defensive lineman John Ridgeway. While he didn’t last long with the team, second times a charm with the offensive side of the ball. At 6’3″ 306-pounds, Ricky Stromberg has the adequate size to make it at the next level. This is that type of position, unlike running back, where the experience is a positive. He has played in the toughest (in my opinion) conference in college football and has started for four years.
Stromberg is another player that doesn’t give you the position flexibility but that will be the case for most centers. There probably won’t be many centers that project as a guard. For this season, Dallas needs him for depth. Last year, we lost Tyler for a few games and had to use some scotch tape to fix the problem temporarily. That’s not going to be the case this year. If he’s available this late in the draft, this should a no-brainer.
The center class isn’t great; however, they have players that will be starters in this league. At the last pick, if he gives us a little more than practice squad, that will be a win in my book. Dallas needs to continue to get younger and stronger on their offensive line. He can help you in both areas. He is a smart player that should not take long to acclimate himself to the faster pace of the NFL practices and games.
It is time for the Dallas Cowboys to get ultra-aggressive with their draft capital in the first round rather than watching from the stands.
This isn’t the sexiest pick in the world. But it’s a pick I can see Jerry and Mike McCarthy being on the same page with. Mike loves his offensive linemen. Jerry loves his former Arkansas players. We could find worse players that Ricky Stromberg. He has the nastiness that we need on the offensive line that we so often lack. This is a dude, and he is the last pick for the Dallas Cowboys.