Passing on some of the upper tier guards to take the RB in round one may irk some folks, but all concerns are settled when the Cowboys take yet another Wisconsin Offensive Lineman. This time it’s Joe Tippmann.
A bit of an unusual interior OL prospect, Tippmann stands at 6’6″ 313lbs, sporting a longer frame.
Tippmann, however, gives the Dallas Cowboys something they value more than almost any other team in the league. Position Flexibility.
By drafting Tippmann the Cowboys can plug him in at Left Guard and let Tyler Smith play at his permanent position at Left Tackle. When 2023 comes to an end, Tippmann can help the Cowboys decision to keep or move on from Center Tyler Biadasz, perhaps even upgrading the position for the foreseeable future.
Tippmann’s build has been an interesting discussion, but shouldn’t be seen as “unheard of” by any means. Robert Gallary was drafted by the Raiders as a Tackle, but at 6’8″ played most of his career at Guard. Seahawks long time Center Justin Britt was 6’6″ and 315lbs, virtually the same as Tippmann.
Not only is Tippmann a very functional athlete with good feet and length, helping him really create problems for opposing fronts, but his strength is underappreciated. Tippmann was the only Center in the draft with a wing span over 80″ and still put up 30 reps on the bench press.
Many big boards in the draft will have Penn State’s John Michael Schmitz as the top Center in the draft. Others will have O’ Cyrus Torrence or Steve Avila as the top true Guards. Either way, the Dallas Cowboys front office will look us all in the eyes and tell us Joe Tippmann was not only OC1, but you can’t write off them claiming him as their top Guard prospect either. It’s exactly what they told us about Tyler Smith last year when they selected him in the first round out of Tulsa.
For that reason, the Dallas Cowboys see Joe Tippmann being on the board as a Flashing Blue Light.