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5 Centers Dallas Cowboys Should Draft To Upgrade Their Offensive Line

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5 Centers Dallas Cowboys Should Draft

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The NFL Combine has ended and the thing we look into before the actual draft is Pro Days. These are actually more scripted workouts, so there’s no reason for an athlete to have a poor pro Day. So as we are inching closer to the NFL Draft, it’s time to look at the positions and prospects the Dallas Cowboys should be paying the most attention to. We all know the Cowboys main needs on their current roster are the offensive line, the defensive line and secondary. Those aren’t there only needs but they are the main one’s so here we’ll take a look at who the Cowboys should pick at each position.

Some players stood out at the Combine and others did not so in the next two months the list could change a lot but for the most part, these are the players the Cowboys should be looking at, not only in the first round but throughout the draft. Obviously most of them won’t be there for the Cowboys to take since, ya know, there are 31 other teams vying for their services but these players should be on the Cowboys radar moving forward in the draft process. Some of the names are obvious choices and some you may have never heard but these are the players they must seriously consider drafting.

I’ll be doing this series for the next few days and looking at specific positions and today I’ll be looking at the center spot. The Cowboys have a big need for improved play on the middle of their offensive and these 5 players would help upgrade the Cowboys offensive line.

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5. T.J. Johnson-South Carolina

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Although not pictured, Johnson helped open up holes for the South Carolina running game. He would make a very good late round selection for the Cowboys who need to upgrade their center position. Johnson has great size and strength, he did 32 reps at the Combine and he is known as one of the smarter centers in the draft.

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4. Khaled Holmes-USC

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Holmes would make a nice selection for the Cowboys in the middle rounds because while he does lack ideal strength, he makes up for with effort and tenacity. He’s also got good feet and is a smart player who understands the game.

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3. Brian Schwenke-Cal

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A real technician; he uses his hands well, has quick feet and he understands leverage and angles, which all makes up for his lack of power. Much like Phil Costa but with better size and feet.

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2. Travis Frederick-Wisconsin

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Like most Wisconsin offensive linemen, he comes Pro ready. He’s smart, strong and anchors well in the middle. Rarely gets pushed back, drives defensive players backwards and perhaps the best part of his scouting report, he snaps accurately in the shotgun with velocity. A perfect fit for the Cowboys. Would be ideal third round pick but would have zero issue if they drafted him in round 2.

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1. Barrett Jones-Alabama

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Plays physical style of football, is smart, strong and has a nasty attitude. Anchors well and understands the game. Can play guard, even played tackle in college. Injury will slow his off-season but he played through pain in college and is a gamer. Another great fit for the Cowboys, who are looking for versatile players on their line. A second round pick used on Jones would be a home run.