ON GUARD IN DALLAS
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.