There is a possibility that current right tackle Doug Free will be moved to guard due to his inconsistency at tackle last season, but that's not a guarantee.
Dallas could always sign a free agent guard before the draft, but is that a better option than leaning on what the team already has in house?
If Free is moved to guard, will the Cowboys depend on tackle Jermey Parnell as the full-time starter at right tackle? If that happens, what will the team do if Parnell doesn’t perform well?
There are a myriad of options the Cowboys have in front of them to improve the offensive line, and one of them is drafting a guard in the first round.
1st Round, 18th Pick: Dallas Cowboys Select Jonathan Cooper, UNC
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com has Cooper going to the Cowboys in his first mock draft.
Cooper was a fantastic run-blocker in college and because of his size and skills, his run blocking prowess should translate to the NFL. He’s a nimble 295 pounds and would provide needed protection for Romo when he has pressure from the middle of the line.
Cooper looks to be one of the best run-blockers in the country. His footwork is great, he has a set of really quick hands, and on plays that he’s pulling his speed and strength are on full display.
On some plays, he completely takes his man out of the equation by simply rendering him motionless or taking him out of the line of play. That may not happen as often in the NFL because Cooper isn’t the largest guard around, but his strength and attitude will allow him to overpower some interior lineman.
2nd Round, 17th Pick: Dallas Cowboys Select Bacarri Rambo, Georgia
I’m a fan of safeties Eric Reid out of LSU and Kenny Vaccaro from Texas, but those two players will be off the board once the Cowboys go to pick in the second round.
Former Cowboys scouting director Larry Lacewell said that Dallas has a huge hole in its secondary and that it's with the safety position. In fact, he said they are missing two safeties.
To fix that problem, Dallas should turn to Bacarri Rambo out of Georgia. He is well versed in zone coverage, which many believe the Tampa 2 defensive scheme is based on. Rambo seems to have tremendous ball skills, but is prone to dropping an interception or two.
In some of the video on Rambo in the SEC Championship game in 2012, he had good play recognition, but shied away from contact and was plain out-jumped by Alabama freshman receiver Amari Cooper on one play.
He’s durable, has good speed for his position, and would be a good cover corner for the Cowboys at the next level.
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