3 things that need to happen for an A+ Cowboys draft

2021 NFL Draft
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1. Keep adding to the offensive line

Give credit to the Cowboys for keeping a top-tier offensive line unit over the past decade. Drafting linemen like Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, and Travis Frederick will certainly help with that. 

From 2011-2014 the Cowboys drafted an offensive lineman in the first round three times: Smith 9th overall in 2011, Frederick 31st overall in 2013, and Martin 16th overall in 2014. If there’s one thing that Dallas excels at it's drafting Hall of Fame linemen. 

The team has done an excellent job of drafting that position, even when it wasn't a glaring need. Last year, the Cowboys had other needs in the first round but decided to take Tyler Smith 24th overall.

 It turned out great for them, as Smith had an impressive rookie season rotating between three different positions. Now Dallas should be in another position to take an offensive lineman early.

Martin and Smith are both 32 years old and the latter has dealt with many different injuries over the past seven seasons. With both players getting up there in age, it’s never too early to draft their replacements. 

Steve Avila and Darnell Wright are two players that the Cowboys have hosted for a top-30 visit. Avila would also love to stay in Texas and play for Dallas -- after his four college seasons at TCU. 

Drafting offensive line in the first round surely shouldn’t be out of the question for the Cowboys this year. Tyron Smith hasn’t played a full season since 2015, Terence Steele is coming off a torn ACL and Connor McGovern left in free agency. 

Keeping Prescott protected is huge for the Cowboys’ offense. So, adding a player like Avila in the first two rounds and grabbing another offensive lineman in the later rounds will give Dallas great depth.