Here is the first in a series of position review for the upcoming draft. Each week, I will submit another position leading up to the draft. I will review the perceived top players at the position in alphabetic order. This assumes that the team has no changes to the current roster either via cut or FA acquisition (although, it's fun to talk about that!)
so, let's start with the Cowboys biggest need, Offensive Line.
Anything underlined is a link to the player.
Cooper, Jonathan OG, Noth Carolina
Tale of the Tape: 6'3", 310, rSr
Review: Has the size and athleticism to get drafted in the first round. His size would fit nicely into the interior of the line and his mobility would be a plus if the game plan calls for misdirection and guards pulling a lot. An intriguing draft prospect.
Probabality that he wears the star: 10%. He should be around when the Cowboys draft at 18. But, he also would likely be around later in the first round. A trade-down by the cowboys could still see them drafting this guy later in round 1.
Likely landing spot: Chicago
Fisher, Eric OT, Central Michigan
Tale of the tape: 6'7", 305, Sr
Review: This guy has flown into consideration for top 10 range. He looked good in the prep week for the Senior Bowl.
Probability he wears the star: 10%; if he were a guard, his % would be higher. I can't see the Cowboys taking another Tackle in the first round, but stranger things have happened
Likely landing spot: Arizona (they need a QB more, but no one worth their 7th overall)
Fluker, DJ OT, Alabama
Tale of the tape: 6'6", 335, rJr
Review: A big boy at 335 pounds and played for one of the best OL's in CFB (maybe ever); he is a strong run blocker and could get moved, in the nfl to OG based on his size and ability to run block;
Probability he wears the star: 15%; this if the Cowboys see him at guard, then they could have him high on their board
Likely landing spot: Dolphins
Joeckel, Luke OT, Texas A&M
Tale of the tape: 6'6", 310, Jr
Review: Joeckel is a difference maker, just ask the Heisman winner. He could be the best player on draft day but the chiefs could lean more towards a QB than an OT. He can anchor a line for 10+ years if he stays healthy.
Probability he wears the star: As close to 0% as you can have without something ridiculous happening.
Likely landing spot: if no trade up by some team, Philadelphia
Johnson, Lane OT, Oklahoma
Tale of the tape: 6'6", 303, Sr
Review: Good footwork and long; needs to work on strength
Probability he wears the star: 5%, he doesn't project to anything but OT, and the Cowboys not likely to go after him
Likely landing spot: Rams
Jones, Barrett OC, Alabama
Tale of the tape: 6'4", 305, rSr
Review: shouldn't go in the first round; is the best center on the board and should go in the 2nd round; feisty, good leader-type for the Oline
Probability he wears the star: 0% in first round; if available in the 2nd round, could be their selection based on what they do with their first pick
Likely landing spot: TBD
Warmack, Chance OG, Alabama
Tale of the tape: 6'2", 322, Sr
Review: He gets top 10 grades, but teams don't like to draft Guards in the Top 10.
Probability he wears the star: 40%, if he is there @ #18, the Cowboys take him, IMO;
Likely landing spot: Dallas, if he is there; likely goes earlier to New Orleans or evern earlier to the Jets or Titans
Others of note (had to be in top 100 list other than center):
OC: Cave, Braxton, Frederick, Travis, Holmes, Khaled, Schwenke, Brian
OG: Bailey, Alvin, Warford, Larry
OT: Aboushi, Oday OT, Virginia, Bakhtiari, David, Faulk, Chris, Long, Kyle, Pugh, Justin, Thomas, Dallas, Watson, Menelik
What say you? Discuss.
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