Cowboys Draft: OG/OT Martin A First Round Gift

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Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys guard Ronald Leary (65) in game action against Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Kevin Burnett (94) during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat Oakland 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports


Dallas currently occupies the starting guard positions with Ronald Leary on the left side, and Mackenzy Bernadeau to the right.  While the line play improved greatly in 2013, the RG spot is one area that remains questionable.

LG Ron Leary did a tremendous job with starting his first NFL season.  No upgrade is needed on his end of the line.

Yet it’s certainly no secret Leary had multiple knee injuries in college.  A misstep here or a leg whip there, and starting relief could be an unfortunate necessity.

As for Mackenzy Bernadeau, after joining the Cowboys in 2012, his first 1 1/2 seasons were far from adequate.  He constantly missed long stretches of practice and games nursing injuries.

After losing his job last year to free agent Brian Waters, Bernadeau must have had the light switch turn on.  Once Waters went down for the season with a torn tricep, Bernadeau filled in admirably.

I do mean admirably relative to what we have seen prior from Bernadeau.  He played pretty well holding his own, yet Dallas certainly desires much more from the position.

Drafting Zack Martin at pick 16 solidifies the starting RG spot in 2013, and allows Dallas the luxury to transition him over to starting RT in 2014 and beyond.  

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  • Scott.

    Can’t argue with drafting players for either side of the trench… Would prefer Donald of he’s there then og in 2nd, but would be ok with solidifying the oline for next few years.

  • guest

    Dallas is not going OL in the first round. It has been already mentioned by the front office and not a safety either.

    • BradAustin

      One thing you must keep in mind, no front office holding pick 5 to 32 is going to tell anyone which positions they are targeting with their first pick. It ruins any leverage for trading your pick, and even worse tells other teams they must jump above you to get certain players.

      As a matter of fact they want to drive people away from the guys they want by often downplaying their need for the player or expressing little interest in their specific target. I’ve heard JJ say we are already good at FS, WR, and OL in the last weeks. As fans we know that’s simply not true. I guarantee at the very least 1 of those 3 positions will be addressed within our opening 3 rounds.

      WR Mike Evans, OG/OT Zack Martin, and even one of the top LB’s (Barr, Mack, Mosley) are all very real options for the Cowboys that will be extremely hard to pass if they luck out on having that opportunity. None of those spots are dire needs like the DL, but all could be vastly upgraded and those particular guys are viewed as game changers. Dallas won’t pass on a guy they think is a game changer if there is a remote need at his position.

      • Old Frog

        Intuitively I agree with you about not tipping your hand but does anyone know of teams getting bluffed into a trade and then saying afterwards, “…you cheated! You weren’t supposed to pick him. That was the guy we wanted”?

        • SmartThinking

          If pressed for an answer, I’m sure every NFL GM will tell you there’s honor among thieves. But, my real sense is, despite what they may say, it’s every man for himself.

          The screwee probably won’t yell too loud at the screwer because the screwee was probably trying to screw the screwer in the first place … if you get my drift.

    • NYCowboysFan

      Ok Stephen.

  • SmartThinking

    What’s the matter with you?

    1. Leary did not do a terrific job at LG!!!!! He did an adequate job at best. Although his position definitely should be upgraded this year with a much better, much meaner, smarter player to pair with Smith and Frederick, there’s a great deal of room for improvement from Leary which he must show this upcoming season.

    2, Bernadeau MUST be replaced immediately if this team is to progress. ROG is the third most critical position on the offense behind QB and LT and Bernadeau is the weakest player on the offense.

    ROG is the pulling guard (in most offenses other than Dallas where they don’t have one who can perform) and Bernadeau is only one step up from worthless as he’s proven time and time again. Nothing he did this past season was admirable other than the time he spent riding the bench while a real OG, Waters, was showing everyone how the position should be played.

    3. Martin isn’t the best OG out there but he’s a stud. He has a mean streak, is trained to pull and block, and trap blitzing LB’s, and most important, he knows how to keep his body centered under his feet.

    Pro football is a cerebral game of traps and fakes and positional advantage (both field position and a player’s individual position against his opponent) that dictates its success or failure. And most people view the offensive line as a blunt tool. Far from it.

    If Dallas wants to improve on both sides of the ball, this team needs an offensive line that will drive the ball down the field with finesse and either score or leave the defense with crappy field position. If the Dallas defense last season hadn’t had such bad position, time after time after time, because the Dallas offense couldn’t do their job, they might not have finished dead last.

    That’s why the Round 1 draft choice for this team MUST be the meanest, biggest, fastest, SMARTEST OG out there. Martin will do.

    • Old Frog


  • Old Frog

    I hope Jerry, Stephen, Jason, Callahan, Linehan, and McClay all read this article and lock Marinelli and Kiffin in the closet during the first pick.

  • NYCowboysFan

    If these guys stayed healthy in college then Jerry wont draft them. We only draft injury prone players.

  • Guy Smith

    I am going to say this Once, the Cowboys already have made plans to trade either Claiborne or Carr, most likely the former, get a good pick and then draft a CB in the first round, I have inside information.

  • David


    I would not complain to much about the Martin pick as I think he would push both Bernie and Free. However the big issue I have with the pick is they are Desparate at FS, DE, and LB. I think the value for DE would be best for them in the 2nd round. If Barr somehow fell to them its fn run to the podium. Assuming he is gone I think they need to look at Pryor, Dix or Mosely. If all are gone which is possible then they should look at trading back again but this time not as far. Anyone that thinks the Cowboys FS’s are any good well they did not watch to many games. And I dont care how good the front four is, that doset magically make great safeties out of horrible ones. Eventually when they play top O-lines the Safeties will be exposed. Just look at the Niners safeties against Seattle and Arizona. If Carson Palmer can put 400 yards on you then there is issues there..

  • PaulTX

    I’m with you 100% Brad.