It’s sad when fans of an NFL team are beyond desperate for said team to draft an offensive lineman in the first round of the draft. But when a team has had as much trouble with its offensive line as the Dallas Cowboys over the past few years, it’s almost easy to see why fans of America’s Team are trying to mentally will it to take such a player with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. When it was announced that Alabama guard Chance Warmack will visit Dallas prior to the draft, Cowboys fans didn’t hide their excitement.
If he falls to 18, PLEASE DO RT @espncowboysblog: Mel Kiper has Cowboys taking Chance Warmack
— Tacky Black Guy (@MrBrannin) March 12, 2013
I wish Mel Kiper was the GM RT “@espn_watkins: Mel Kiper has Cowboys taking Chance Warmack”
— SSgt Flo (@SSgtFlo1) March 12, 2013
These are just two of countless tweets by Cowboys fans who are crossing their fingers, knocking on wood, throwing salt over their shoulders and even praying for the Cowboys to take Warmack on April 25. This is less than a year after Dallas failed to take a single offensive lineman in the 2012 NFL Draft and “fortified” its front five by overpaying below-average free agents Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau. Those moves and that comment proved yet again just how clueless Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is when it comes to building a winning football team, as if the Cowboys’ record over the past 15 years wasn’t enough evidence.
So needless to say, the Dallas faithful have a right to be extremely hopeful for some actual help on the interior offensive line this year. Warmack is the highest rated guard in this year’s draft class and many have ignorantly lowered his draft stock after his “subpar” performance at the combine, which means there’s a greater possibility he could fall to No. 18 on day one of the draft. The “experts” who supposedly have knowledge of the situation are predicting just that in their mock drafts even though the Cowboys haven’t done anything to actually improve their offensive line since drafting Tyron Smith at No. 9 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. Here’s to hoping that trend is bucked next month.