It’s not a secret; the Dallas Cowboys need to upgrade the offensive line.
Heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cowboys have been tied to such players as offensive guards Chance Warmack, and Jonathan Cooper, and more recently safety Kenny Vaccaro, but what if those guys aren’t there when the Cowboys select at No.18?
What’s the next biggest hole on this team after offensive line? In my opinion, that would be the defensive line.
I’ve seen mock drafts where Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, is available at No.18, and selecting him would make sense for the Cowboys. Lotulelei is one of the top prospects in the draft and was even considered a Top-10 pick until it was discovered that he suffered from an ejection fraction while undergoing a routine medical test before the NFL Combine.
According to the American Heart Association a normal heart will pump between 55 to 70 percent of the blood out of the left ventricle of the heart into the body, but Lotulelei’s heart was only pumping about 44 percent. Lotulelei, however, was cleared to play football and his condition is not considered a long-term concern.
At 6-3, 320 lbs. Lotulelei would provide the big body the Cowboys need to play the 1-technique along the defensive front. Currently the Cowboys don’t have an ideal 2-gap player, so Lotulelei would come in and almost instantaneously contribute.
It’s true that the Tampa Cover 2 requires speed rushers up front, and in most cases sacrifices size for speed, but it will not work if it doesn’t have that Booger McFarland-type player clogging up the interior of the line.
The Cowboys are already rolling the dice headed into the 2013 season with one of the lightest defensive fronts, not having that prototypical 1-gap defensive tackle could make them susceptible to run-oriented offenses.