Darnell Wright, OL, Tennessee
The Dallas Cowboys may decide using a first round pick on a guard is a waste of precisou resourses and opt to draft a more valuable offensive line position instead – OT.
The tackle position is b far the most valuable position on the offensive line. As one of the NFL’s premium positions, it’s often drafted more in the first round than any other position. No one scoffs at an OT early in the draft because it provides special value and comes with a rare skill set.
Brugler has Torrence 37 and Avila 40 on his big board while PFF has them 36 and 47, respectively
Darnell Wright is an OT prospect with OG capability. He could be drafted as a tackle, used in Year 1 and a guard, and land back at tackle down the road. The Dallas Cowboys could draft him for the purpose of playing one position early in his career and develop into another position later. It’s what they did with Tyler Smith and Tyron Smith and something they could do here with Wright.
Wright is OT3 to Dan Brugler and OT3 to PFF landing in the top-20s of both big boards. There’s a better than zero chance he’s off the board entirely when Dallas goes on the clock but if he’s there – he’s a great nontraditional solution to the Cowboys O-line problems.
At 6-foot-5, 333 pounds, Wright has the size and length to be an NFL lineman. His 34-inch arms fit the mold of Dallas OT and playing RT in 2022, he only gave up a 1.7 percent pressure rate. Over the past three seasons he’s rotated between LT and RT showing proficiency in each.
Many scouts note he has dominant OG ability, which is the plan here today. He can get lazy in his technique from time to time and could use a season inside to ease into the pro game. Brugler notes he has plug-and-play ability at RT so he comes with immediate versatility.
If the Dallas Cowboys aren’t sold on Terence Steele long-term, this pick makes a ton of sense because he becomes the RT of the future once Tyron and Steele leave.