Dallas Cowboys Position Analysis: Offensive Line

Jeff PrinceContributor IFebruary 15, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  Center Andre Gurode #65 of the Dallas Cowboys looks down the line of scrimmage before snapping the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Heading into the draft, the Cowboys are focusing their attention on a few of positions of need. Offensive line is definitely a position they need to address.

Offensive Tackle
Many people are worried about this position heading into the 2010-2011 season.

However, I'm not sold on the fact the Cowboys need to do a complete overhaul.

Yes, Flozell Adams has his issues with false starts and holding calls. During the off season, Adams will need to work on his foot work and pass blocking skills. However, his run blocking skills are some of the best in the league.

If he can fix a few small issues during the offseason and stay healthy, I feel Adams can return to his Pro Bowl form.

As for Marc Colombo, he just needs to stay healthy and keep that mean streak. He's only 30 years old, so he's got quite a few good years left in him.

Doug Free came along quite nicely last year. He showed he can fill in and succeed at either tackle position. Free has a constant non-stop motor, which has won the hearts of many coaches and fans.

However, it is unlikely Free will win a starting position in the off season unless Adams is let go or traded. With Adams massive contract, I don't see that happening. However, Free will move into the starting lineup if Columbo or Adams goes down with an injury, and if successful, he could maintain that starting spot into the 2011-2012 season.

Robert Brewster was a rookie last year, but if you remember, missed the entire season due to injury. He'll basically be a rookie all over again this year. Brewster will add good depth behind Adams, Columbo, and Free.

Finally, Pat McQuistan is an RFA and most likely won't be brought back. So, Jerry Jones will need to draft a promising young tackle in the draft, for depth this year, and a future replacement for Adams in the near future.

Some names to look out for in the draft are Bruce Campbell of Maryland and Vladimir Ducasse of Massachusetts.

Offensive Guard
Kyle Kosier and Leonard Davis have their guard spots locked and deservedly so.

Cory Proctor is a name to keep an eye on this offseason. He's an RFA, and I'm not sure Jerry will bring him back. Proctor could come back and serve as a decent backup for the guards and Gurode at center, or Jerry could look for a rookie in the draft to some day replace Davis and/or Kosier down the road. If he's released, what happens to the band Free Reign? Just wondering.

As for Montrae Holland, it's safe to say he won't be back next season. Jerry will look in the draft for more promising young guys to fill the role as backup guards and special teams players.

As for some names Jerry could snatch up on draft day, keep an eye out on Brandon Carter of Texas Tech and John Jerry of Mississippi.

Andre Gurode is your starting center. He's a Pro Bowl center who played on a bum knee this season.

Best case scenario, Gurode has four to five good years left in him. Jerry could keep veteran Duke Preston as Gurode's backup, or he could find a promising young G/C in the draft to provide guard depth and mould into Gurode's replacement in the future.