The Dallas Cowboys have more to figure out than just wide receiver. And one of the spots that the team and its fans are potentially ignoring is offensive line.
Kevin Sherrington, sports columnist for the Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the Cowboys during a live chat recently. Here are some highlights:
Question: Is offensive line a bigger need for the Cowboys than we realize?
Sherrington: Could be, especially if Tyron Smith's back problems persist. And I don't know why they wouldn't. They've also got to get Zack Martin extended. I wouldn't be surprised at some point if they decide that they'll sign Martin with the intention that he'll become the LT if Smith's career is jeopardized in the next couple of years. Otherwise, this line needs more time together as La'el Collins grows into the job.
The interesting part here is Sherrington saying "And I don't know why they wouldn't." Smith's back issues really didn't ever give fans a glimmer of hope throughout the season, and it simply came back again and again.
Logically, that means there's a need for another great offensive lineman. And as we've seen, the team's success largely depends on an excellent line, the play of Ezekiel Elliott and the play of Dak Prescott. Take away one of those, and chaos ensues.
Dane Brugler, senior NFL draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, answered questions about the upcoming draft and the Cowboys during a live chat Friday. Here are some highlights:
Question: What's the most important thing Dallas needs to come away with in the draft?
Brugler: Offensive help for the quarterback. I know not everyone is sold on Dak, but he is the quarterback moving forward, that won't change in 2018. And Dallas needs to help him succeed with better personnel, which includes more help at receiver and on the offensive line. Coaching help is a must as well, but in regards to the draft, the Cowboys must upgrade in certain areas on offense.
Question: Can the Cowboys get an offensive lineman that can contribute right away later in the draft?
Brugler: Every year, NFL teams find linemen later in the draft so it certainly is possible. This year, a few mid-to-late round guards to keep an eye on: Southeastern Louisiana and former LSU OG Maea Teuhema (Keller native) or Appalachian State's Colby Gossett. If Dallas looks to draft a guard on Day 2, UTEP's Will Hernandez would be a great fit.