4. Brenden Jaimes, OT (Nebraska)
The Dallas Cowboys have boasted one of the best offensive lines in the NFL for much of the past decade. However, the unit cracked last year due to a handful of significant injuries to players like former All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith and right tackle, La’el Collins, among others.
The line gave up 43 sacks as a unit last season and often struggled to open up holes for the running game. The fact that Smith, who recently turned 30, has been afflicted with a myriad of injuries over the past couple of years only exacerbates the teams’ need for depth at the position.
Fortunately, this is a relatively strong offensive line class and the Cowboys should be able to find players to address this need later in the draft. One of those players that Dallas should keep its eye on is Nebraska tackle, Brenden Jaimes.
The six-foot-six, 300-pound lineman has the athleticism to play virtually any position along the offensive line, though he mostly played left tackle at Nebraska. During his collegiate career, Jaimes broke the schools’ record for most consecutive starts by an offensive lineman by starting 40 games in a row.
The versatility and durability of the former Cornhusker should warrant him serious consideration from the Dallas Cowboys later in the draft. The Cowboys could start to address their growing need along the offensive line while adding a key depth piece with the selection of Jaimes in the later rounds.