Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster prediction (post-draft edition)

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Dallas Cowboys offensive line (9)Tyler Smith, Tyron Smith, Terence Steele, Zack Martin, Tyler Biadasz, Matt Farniok, Matt Waletzko, Josh Ball, Asim Richards

The Dallas Cowboys failed to draft a clear starter for the open LG position so unless someone established themselves as the best option early in camp, Dallas will feel compelled to go long to keep the competition going.

The top five players are locks and don’t need explanation.  Farniok is a coaching staff favorite who can play all three inside positions and has improved every year in the NFL. Waletzko missed most of his first season but has special tools and athletic ability to be a swing tackle or even starter one day.

Josh Ball was terrible in pass protection last season at OT but he was dominant as a run blocker (exactly like Steele in his first few games as a pro). The Cowboys are planning to move Ball inside at LG and he has a good chance of winning the job.

Asim Richards is a project player or sorts. He has OT/OG versatility and could use a year in the weight room and practice field building strength and honing technique. Missing the cut here is Chuma Edoga, who was signed in free agency.

Tight end (3) Jake Ferguson, Peyton Hendershot, Luke Schoonmaker

The Dallas Cowboys go thin here because they have Luepke who can play many of the TE roles and responsibilities. Sean McKeon just misses the cut as a result.

Jake Ferguson is the most well-rounded option at TE. Peyton Hendershot is the pass-catcher of the group. The rookie Schoonmaker has pass-catching potential but is primarily seen as the blocker.