Could the Dallas Cowboys draft a guard at #19?

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 25: Nick Chubb /

The Dallas Cowboys have invested several first round picks into their offensive line. Could they do so again in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft?

Between 2011 and 2014, the Dallas Cowboys spent three of their four first round selections on their offensive line. The results? Three perennial Pro Bowlers in left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and right guard Zack Martin. The latter quite possibly being the best player on the entire team.

Entering the 2018 offseason, the Cowboys certainly have a laundry list of team needs. Offensive line being one of them. But would Dallas consider drafting another offensive lineman with their first round selection in the upcoming NFL Draft? I believe the answer is yes.

For one, landing three All-Pros and possible future Hall of Famers along their O-Line shows they have a talent for properly evaluating that positional group. So if the Cowboys did splash for another lineman, you’d have to give them the benefit of the doubt that they have found themselves another Pro Bowler.

Secondly, starting left guard is currently a major need on this roster. Last year’s starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently a free agent. And so is his primary backup, veteran Byron Bell. Obviously, the situation could change next month if either is re-signed. But as of now, it’s a top three need. The other two being defensive tackle and wide receiver, in my opinion.

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Finally, selecting at #19 guarantees that you get a talented prospect. But it simply may not be at the position you want. Current mock drafts have players like Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley, Florida State safety Derwin James and Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea all being taken before the Cowboys’ first selection. The simple fact is an offensive guard like Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn or UTEP’s Will Hernandez could be the best player available when Dallas’ number is finally called.