Round 6, Pick 191: Brenden Jaimes, Tackle, Nebraska
The Dallas Cowboys offensive line was in tatters last season largely due to a handful of prominent injuries to players like former All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith and starting right tackle La’el Collins. The 30-year Smith has not played in all sixteen games since 2015 and has been plagued with injuries over the past couple of seasons.
With the certainty of the teams’ offensive line more in question than it has been over the past decade, the Cowboys decide to use a late-round pick here to shore up the depth of the unit. That logic leads them to select Nebraska’s left tackle, Brenden Jaimes.
The six-foot-six, 300-pound lineman has the athleticism to play virtually any position on the offensive line despite playing mostly left tackle at Nebraska. The move to select Jaimes is really more of a depth move here for Dallas and his versatility only adds to his value with this pick.
Whether or not Smith can play out a full season moving forward the organization also saw injuries to several other prominent players including right tackle La’el Collins and former All-Pro guard Zack Martin. These injuries should only increase the teams’ desire to shore up the depth of its offensive line in the draft.
The Dallas Cowboys probably do not find the heir to Smith with this selection, but they do get a versatile lineman who will bolster the depth of a unit that was riddled with injuries last season.