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How Much Will Connor McGovern Impact the Cowboys 2021 Draft?

The and positions aren't exactly rock solid right now for the . While an argument could be made for addressing them somewhere in the early rounds of the 2021 , one reason the team may not is third-year prospect . How could this former 3rd-round pick affect Dallas' draft strategy?

As a rookie, McGovern was seen as a potential challenger to at . Unfortunately, a pectoral cost him the entire and any chance of making it a competition. It also robbed McGovern of valuable developmental work in his first year.

Returning healthy last year, Connor served as a backup and wound up starting eight games as the Cowboys were riddled with . He didn't do anything to vault him into a starting role in 2021, but he remains a valuable asset with his versatility and hopefully more room to grow.

We expect , Connor Williams, and to be the starters at guard and center this season. At worst, McGovern should be a key backup to both positions in the role we've seen play for several years. But given his delayed start due to the injury as a rookie, Connor could potentially challenge for a starting role.

McGovern's presence, and the two years remaining on his rookie deal, help move the interior offensive line a little further down the lost of Dallas' . Having just spent a 3rd-round pick on Connor in 2019, adding another mid-round pick now might be redundant.

Even if the Cowboys were to get hit hard with injuries again, they have other players such as and Marcus Henry who they've been developing for a few years. also has flexibility, having started his NFL career at guard.

This isn't to say that Dallas wouldn't use one of their early picks on a superior guard or center prospect. If you can find someone that provides an immediate upgrade and long-term value with those picks then there's rarely a reason not to take them.

But it's when we get into those middle rounds that guys like McGovern start to become more relevant. He hasn't shown enough that you're counting on him as a future starter, but he appears to be a solid backup with remaining developmental potential.

It was just two years ago that the Cowboys drafted Connor McGovern to provide depth and competition on the offensive line. With those options still on the table, they may give him at least one more year before investing another premium pick at guard or center.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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