It could be argued that the Dallas Cowboys starter at left guard should be placed here instead of La’el Collins. But the fact the Cowboys don’t seem to know who that is as of yet, (apparently Chaz Green now) means Collins comes in here at number six.
Sure, Collins was a first round level talent coming out of LSU. And he’s proven to be a adequate left guard, replacing Ronald Leary in the lineup as a rookie. But the move to right tackle to replace the now-retired Doug Free will not come without some bumps in the road.
I have every confidence that Collins will end up being a possible Pro Bowl-caliber player at the position. And so do the Cowboys, who inked the 24-year old to a two-year, $15.4 million contract extension back in July.
But Collins has struggled with hand placement during training camp and through the preseason. It’s likely one of several minor issues he’ll need to work out during the regular season as he makes the transition from left guard to right tackle.
Although no one really doubts him, La’el Collins will need to prove the Cowboys made the right decision with the position switch.