2. Size and Measurements of the Offensive Linemen
Dallas Cowboys fans really are pressing for the Cowboys to take a top level tackle. Obviously there is a need at the position and the line needs an upgrade and needs to be infused with toughness and skill. The biggest thing for the offensive line talents at the Scouting Combine is the size of the athletes participating. Many schools exaggerate their height and weight in the school program, so the height and weight measurements are important to prospective targets. The other major measurement is arm length. Arm length is usually an overlooked attribute, because a player with a long reach is a more dominant trait for an offensive tackle because it allows them to get more separation from pass rushers as they come off the edge.
The Dallas Cowboys need someone to come in at right tackle to help them protect Tony Romo next season. The Cowboys also need some inside help on the offensive line. AT 18 in the draft the top 2, Luke Joeckel – Texas A&M, the precieved overal number one pick, and Eric Fisher another top 5 projected player will probably not be available for the Cowboys, so they have to look to toher players at the Combine. Lane Johnson – Oklahoma and Johnathan Cooper – North Carolina, and DJ Fluker – Alabama, are the first round projections that could be available for the Cowboys. As far as round 2 talents, Kyle Long – Oregon, Manelik Watson – Florida State and Barrett Jones – Alabama could be guys the Cowboys keep their eye on if they do not land a lineman in round one.
The Cowboys need to address offensive line in the Draft, so the measurements of the players will be very important for fans to understand the guys that are on the radar for the Dallas Cowboys . The power shown in the bench press and the agility and athleticism shown in the position specific drills will go a long way in impressing the Cowboys enough to take a chance and upgrade their protection and demonstrate their worth in the running game.