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Why The Cowboys Shouldn’t Draft a Guard in the First Round

With the 19th overall pick in the 2018 , the are in what some call an “awkward spot” to choose a player. As a team with both offensive and defensive needs, it'll all depend on how the board falls and who's still available once they're on the clock.

They can go ahead and find this team's next number one , look for a young for the future, draft a to upgrade the front seven or they can use their first-round pick to continue to build on their already elite .

Recently, my colleague Brian Martin wrote about how upgrading the left guard position should be the Cowboys' top priority in this Draft. A large amount of fans, writers and analysts feel the same way. Even still, I truly believe that Dallas may be better off addressing a different position in the this time around.

However, it'd be foolish not to admit that once Draft Day arrives, if Dallas ends up taking someone to instantly solidify that great offensive line to keep clean and make holes for , the pick would simply make sense.

It's hard to imagine how things will turn out, but it's very likely that once the Cowboys' turn comes, the best player available will be a . There will be a lot of talent there. and will probably still be on the board, for instance.

Also, the has done a very good job at drafting offensive linemen. In the past recent years, , and have been one of the main reasons for this team's offensive success.

There are many reasons to believe that OG is the way to go, but I can't help wondering…

Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, offensive line
Dallas Cowboys OL Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick

Drafting a guard at 19 is the safe pick… but is it the right one?

This is an important question. We all know that taking a guard is the safe pick, and that if that's the direction they choose to go, they won't miss and whoever they draft will contribute from Day 1 to this team's success.

Unfortunately, anyone who looks at the Cowboys' situation objectively knows that there are some other needs they have to attend to take another step.

They have at least three linemen playing at an elite level. Not to mention , who has the potential to become an elite player as well. Like it or not, we need to include the into the picture.

According to Over The Cap, Left Tyron Smith averages $12.2M per year and Travis Frederick $9.4M. Enter Zack Martin who is about to get paid the big bucks soon. He's still playing under his rookie contract after Dallas picked up his fifth-year option.

However, a is expected to arrive this . If we're being honest with ourselves, he will ask for a big amount of money, because he deserves it. Browns' Kevin Zeitler, the highest paid RG right now, earns $12M a year. Martin's numbers will probably be even higher.

If the a guard, it'll be in order to ensure that this offensive line will work at a high level.

But if you already have Smith, Martin and Frederick, shouldn't it already be working at a high level? Do you really need four first-round picks (La'el Collins would've been a first-round pick if it wasn't for a situation which had nothing to do with him) in your offensive line to be successful?

A guard at 19 makes sense. It's safe. But I'd rather see this team diversify. They did a great job at finding and to rebuild the last year. Maybe they can find a DT or a LB who can help this go from “solid” to great.

Or maybe, if they're ready to make this a Dak-friendly , go get him a fresh wide receiver. Someone who can create separation and get this offense going.

You can bring back , who did a nice job last season or bring in another . They should definitely look for a guard in April, but not in the first round. Unless it's Quenton Nelson, who is arguable the best or second-best player available this year, I hope they go in a different direction.

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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I got to agree with you Mauricio. Guard at 19 is not the priority. Agree if Nelson is there you don’t have an option but to take a top 3 player. The only part of the article I want to address is yes, we have Travis, Zack, Tryon and La’el but Tyron’s back cost us wins and he is not having surgery. Now we hear that La’el is having back issues. I predict that if we don’t get some quality depth on the OL we are back at 9-7 or worse.

Mauricio Rodriguez

I agree with your concerns about the tackles’ health. That’s an issue. I wonder what they’ll do to address that, because I don’t think drafting a tackle at 19 would be an option. Thank you for reading!


thank you for your good write.
i never quite understand why so many mock draft want cowboys to get a OL or 1tech DT in 1st round. OL is okay w Cooper and should get one later; others saying this draft is loaded w DTs so can do later. I think LB should be top priority because JSmith is stil unknown and Lee can be out for couple games and Hitchens can be gone. So cowboys should definitely get LB in 1st round BUT is there a good reliable pick at #19?

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