Will Cowboys Have Their Best OL Since 2016?

Through the Draft, the have managed to build one of the most dominant offensive lines in the NFL. Three first-round picks have been invested in this unit since 2011 and the results have been pretty good. However, during the last two seasons the OL hasn’t quite lived up to the hype. There has been a few issues with the unit over the last few years. Tyron Smith has been dealing with , and hasn’t played a complete season since 2015. The starting left for the Cowboys is extremely missed during his time off the field, even if we’re just talking about three games per season. In 2017, we saw how was dominated in Atlanta, when looked like in a Falcons uniform.

Last season, Travis Frederick was the most missed player on the team. did a very good job stepping in for him, but it simply wasn’t the same. There’s a reason why Frederick is considered one of – if not the – best at his position in the entire league. Frederick is already working out with the team and is expected to return to action this season.

And well, last year, former OL coach had to be fired after the unit consistently underperformed. When took over, the improvement was very clear and even La’el Collins started playing way better.

It’s not that the Cowboys offensive line was bad last season, but it’s supposed to be much, much better. The 2014 and 2016 units set the bar high, but this is the kind of talent that can reach that sort of potential. Every year this OL should be in the discussion for the best in the NFL and lately, it hasn’t.

One of the biggest question marks last year lied at , where second-round Connor Williams began his season struggling. He progressed throughout the year and once he had the opportunity to play under Marc Colombo, signs of promise were all over. With added weight prior to the upcoming season, should be confident in seeing a very improved version of Williams.

La’el Collins is the other big question mark. Although his play has been above-average, he hasn’t really proved he’s worthy of a long-term contract. With Williams’ versatility and drafted in the , watch out for the Cowboys having a ton of options regarding the future at .

With Frederick back and an improved Connor Williams, this unit should look a lot better. Zack Martin will, as always, be more than fine. Tyron Smith must stay healthy, but even if he doesn’t, the depth at the position is considerably better than in previous years.

I believe the Cowboys offensive line that will take the field in September will look a lot better than many expect. Hopefully, things do go that way and Dak Prescott has a premium OL in his fourth season in the NFL. It’s a very talented , and such a unit would go a long way in helping a contending football team.

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Written by 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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