Dallas Cowboys Draft: 3 untraditional solutions for the Cowboys at guard

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Chandler Zavala, OG NC State

Chandler Zavala has been a popular name in Dallas Cowboys draft circles this month. The NC State guard stand 6-foot-3, 316 pounds. Ranked OG3 from Pro Football Focus and OG5 from Dane Brugler, Zavala is in the round 2-3 range on most trusted big boards.

In the 1085 snaps he’s taken over the past two seasons, Zavala didn’t allow a single sack. The career left tackle could smoothly slide into the Cowboys vacancy on Day 1. But many scouts believe he can play all three interior spots which includes center.

Zavala’s main issue is his experience. He suffered a back injury in 2021 that shortened his season so he has less than two years of Division I college experience. NC State was careful not to expose him in pass-pro so his stats indicate he may be better than he really is.

That said, Zavala only has 2 penalties in 17 games indicating he’s playing calm and under control and he’s physically able to handle everything. He’s fleet of foot and strong showing signs of dominance as a run blocker.

Zavala plays nasty and can block on the move, opening up many opportunities in different run-schemes. I suspect his pass pro isn’t as great as it showed in 2022, but it’s not a weakness either. It’s something that will take some development but not so much he can’t be a starting option right away.