Should the Dallas Cowboys draft another offensive lineman?

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The Dallas Cowboys need to fill several holes on offense and defense. But could drafting another offensive lineman in the first round be too tempting to pass up?

Now that the offseason is officially underway, the Dallas Cowboys will further shift their focus into free agency and the 2018 draft class. While the Cowboys underwhelmed in 2017, they didn’t quite underwhelm enough, and with a 9-7 record, hold the 19th pick in the NFL draft.

While wide receiver, tight end, and safety might be the Cowboys’ biggest needs, Dallas hasn’t been shy about taking the best player on the board in the past. While they drafted out of necessity last year with the selection of Taco Charlton, that philosophy could certainly change, considering the Cowboys don’t appear as close to a contender as previously thought.

With the 19th pick, the best player on the board, however, could be a position the Cowboys are seemingly set at– offensive line. However, perhaps drafting another lineman in the first round wouldn’t be that much of a detriment to the Cowboys plans.

Last year’s starting guard, Jonathan Cooper, will be an unrestricted free agent. While Cooper did have a nice season for the Cowboys, he’s underwhelmed for most of his playing career and remains injury prone. The Cowboys could re-sign Cooper, but wouldn’t it be better to have a 28-year-old with an injury history in a backup role?

With the 19th pick, the Cowboys could be in a prime spot to grab one of the draft’s premier guards in Isaiah Wynn (Georgia) James Daniels (Iowa) and Billy Price (Ohio State). Adding one of those guys to a line that already boasts two of the games best interior lineman in Zack Martin and Travis Frederick could give a major boost to the Cowboys’ run game and in turn, their entire offense.

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Ideally, the Cowboys would want to further La’el Collins development at right tackle, so it’s unlikely he would be moved back to guard unless there was some type of emergency. But having, essentially five relatively young first rounders on an offensive line could pose make the Cowboys line even better than it was back in 2016.

Perhaps picking another lineman wouldn’t be so ludicrous, after all.