1. Zion Johnson, Offensive Guard, Boston College
It is clear that the Cowboys’ offensive line is getting older and struggling and this is the draft class in which they should address the position. Connor Williams is likely leaving in free agency and the offensive line has been injury-prone over the last few years.
It would be wise to find a starting offensive guard in the first two rounds and I think Zion Johnson from Boston College is a great selection. Johnson has a massive anchor which allows him to stonewall defenders.
He has great athleticism and power which allows him to pull with success and he also has positional versatility, allowing him to take some snaps at center during Senior Bowl week. Johnson would be an immediate upgrade at left guard over Williams, mostly because he will commit fewer penalties.
I say that because the Boston College guard has great technique in both passing and run blocking sets which help him stay in front of the defender and avoid committing holding penalties. Johnson’s dominant week of practice led to him winning the “practice player of the week” award at the Senior Bowl.
Overall, Johnson is a mauler who would look great starting at left guard for the Cowboys next season. The only question remaining is how far will he fall in the draft after his great Senior Bowl?
All four of these players will fill a need for the Cowboys and we should keep an eye out to see how far they fall on draft day. Given that Jerry Jones attended the game in Mobile, he likely was impressed with these four players as well.