3 trade deadline targets to ensure Dallas Cowboys are NFC favorites

• OL Depth needs to be addressed

• Another CB would be helpful

• A power back could help red zone woes

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2. Thayer Munford, Jr., OT, Las Vegas Raiders

Expecting Tyron Smith to remain healthy was never a good plan. As talented as he is, the former No. 9 overall pick from USC has not played a full season since 2015. Yet for some reason, Dallas went into the year without a suitable starting left guard, which meant Tyler Smith would stay there while Smith remained their starter on the blindside.

It only took until Week 3 to see Smith go down and that meant Chuma Edoga started next to Tyler Smith. They were also without center Tyler Biadasz and right guard Zack Martin which gave the Arizona Cardinals a major advantage.

Looking forward, the Cowboys shouldn't expect their offensive line to suddenly get healthy. Instead, they need to try and find players who can provide solid depth while also serving as potential starters when (not if) called upon.

One such player could be Thayer Munford, Jr. of the Las Vegas Raiders.

A seventh-round pick from Ohio State in 2022, Munford isn't exactly a household name but he's been a solid right tackle for the Raiders when asked to take the field. He's also lined up on the left side as an extra tight end showing some versatility.

Even if he were seen solely as a right tackle, Terence Steele has experience on the left side. In the end, he's someone who has a pass-blocking grade over 80 according to PFF, and likely wouldn't cost a lot to acquire.