GAME CHANGERS > SEXY PICKS
With several quarterbacks, a few skills players, and a handful of defensive studs in demand, high quality offensive line options will surface at Pick 19.
Both Will Hernandez (G) and Mike McGlinchey (T) could fit well in Dallas and strongly bolster the Cowboys front line. However, neither are the second best offensive lineman in the draft according to my grades and Cowboys analyst Dane Brugler.
The hidden gem grades below only Quenton Nelson (G), the best player in the draft. Despite playing center, Dallas brought him in for a 30-visit with guard intentions.
WITH THE 19TH PICK, THE DALLAS COWBOYS SELECT…
JAMES DANIELS – CENTER/GUARD – IOWA
James Daniels is an ideal fit for the Cowboys zone blocking scheme. He’s lightning quick off the ball, powerful, and mobile in space reaching the second level.
Daniels would immediately start at left guard and complete the return to elite offensive line play. The new top flight starting five would then be set through 2019.
If Travis Frederick were ever to miss time, Daniels could seamlessly slide to center and dominate being the top rated center in this class.
There would be moans and groans akin to Frederick’s first round selection in the 2013 draft. Fans would later embrace the fundamentally sound selection after Daniels helps return the Cowboys back to offensive line dominance in 2018.
Talk is window dressing. I’ll just close by letting Daniels’ (#78) dominant play against 2017 Wisconsin (3rd ranked defense) speak for itself.