2013 NFL Draft: Have Dallas Cowboys Forgotten About Center Position?

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There has been plenty of talk about the Dallas Cowboys need to upgrade their offensive line this offseason, and for good reason. Dallas’ offensive line has been an issue on the team for a few years and they have failed to address it properly.

For as much talk as we’ve heard about the Cowboys possibly drafting Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper or any other guard prospect, why haven’t we heard more about the Cowboys looking at any of the center prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft? The Cowboys still have a need at the position and any upgrade at any spot on the offensive line would be welcomed.

Dallas shouldn’t disregard the position because they re-signed Phil Costa and have Ryan Cook under contract for the upcoming season. I know they were encouraged by Costa’s play in limited action in 2012 but they are hardly set at center. Costa at his best has proven to be an average player and Cook is capable backup but the Cowboys have been trying to be better than average for two years and it hasn’t exactly worked out.

The Cowboys also have Mackenzy Bernadeau who can play center and there are whispers he will compete for a starting spot there in training camp but he doesn’t appear to be the answer either. Bernadeau’s best position just might be at center but the Cowboys need a better option moving forward.

If the Cowboys are serious about upgrading the play of their offensive line, they should be looking at the 2013 NFL Draft because it has plenty of good options and Dallas should be looking at all of these players come draft day. Travis Frederick, Brian Schwenke and Barrett Jones are the top names on the list and each one of them would be an upgrade over Costa. Jones in particular would fit the Cowboys perfectly because he would provide versatility since he can play guard and has also played some tackle at Alabama.

Dallas doesn’t just need guard and tackle help; they need help at every spot along their offensive line. Hopefully the Cowboys don’t forget about the center position in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Ben is a Cowboys writer for Rantsports.com and you can chat with or follow him on twitter @BenGrimaldi


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