In just a 10 days, the NFL Draft will be here and we will finally know who Dallas will select at #14 overall. Many of the mock drafts have the Dallas Cowboys taking safety Mark Barron from Alabama, however, I think that the Dallas Cowboys need to take an offensive guard.
It’s a well known fact that the Dallas Cowboys were hurting at interior offensive line last year, and now with the release of Kyle Koiser it is imperative that Dallas goes out and gets guard David DeCastro from Stanford at the 14th pick, if he is available.
For those not familiar with DeCastro he is considered one of the best guard prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft. During his time at Stanford he was used for pull blocks and was known to be quick off the line and blocking defenders. The scouting report states he is a “disciplined and NFL-ready player” which means he could be like Tyron Smith and jump directly into the starting role.
Even though Dallas picked up Mackenzy Bernadeau from the Carolina Panthers in the free agency and from his time at Carolina he would fit in better with Dallas as a backup for someone like DeCastro, as he has only started 20 out of 47 games.
Even though the defense and mainly the secondary has been issues that has plagued Dallas, picking up DeCastro or another offensive line in this draft is a must. If DeCastro isn’t available, the next best thing to him, would be going out and getting offensive guard, Kevin Zeitler, from Wisconsin. Wisconsin has always had offensive line depth at that position and anyone who watches the Big Ten will know his athleticism is amazing.
Both of these offensive guard prospects have a few things in common; both are agile, can get off the line quickly, can block and have quick feet. With having DeMarco Murray as potentially our starting running back, DeCastro would fit better but don’t count out Zeitler either.