2014 NFL Draft: 5 OL Sleepers the Dallas Cowboys Should Target

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2014 NFL Draft: 5 OL Sleepers the Dallas Cowboys Should Target
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As the Dallas Cowboys continue to prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft, the defensive line seems to be the biggest priority, and rightfully so; they were dead last on defense in 2013. However, the Cowboys could also use some quality depth, and even a couple of starters on the offensive line. That is why I have put together a list of five offensive linemen that could be steals in the latter rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Trai Turner, OG, LSU

Trai Turner 2014 NFL Draft Sleepers
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Trai Turner, OG, LSU

Trai Turner 2014 NFL Draft Sleepers
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Plain and simple, LSU guard Trai Turner won’t be a Day-1 starter in the NFL, he’s too raw overall, but especially in pass protection. However, he is a solid athlete and an absolute bull when it comes to run blocking. At only 20-years-old, he is someone I’d take a flyer on, and try to develop.

Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee State

Kadeem Edwards 2014 NFL Draft Sleepers
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Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee State

Kadeem Edwards 2014 NFL Draft Sleepers
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Another late-round guy that stood out to me is Kadeem Edwards. He has measurables that could translate well to the NFL at 6-4, 313-lbs, including 35.5-inch arms, but he will definitely be a work in progress, as he didn’t face the highest level of competition in college.

James Hurst, OT, North Carolina

James Hurst 2014 NFL Draft Sleepers
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James Hurst, OT, North Carolina

James Hurst 2014 NFL Draft Sleepers
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After fracturing his left fibula in 2013, James Hurst’s stock took a sizeable hit, but I still think he can be a solid contributor down the line, especially in a zone-blocking scheme. He’s a good run blocker that does a solid job getting to the second level of the defense, but will require work when it comes to pass blocking. I think he projects better as an offensive guard.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill (Canada)

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 2014 NFL Draft Sleepers
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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill (Canada)

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 2014 NFL Draft Sleepers
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One of the smartest players in the NFL Draft, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, is projected as the No. 1 overall pick in the CFL Draft. He’s an impressive athlete, who is also one of the better-rounded sleeper prospects, in my opinion. Like others on this list he will need some time to fully develop his blocking skills, but I think he could easily become a starter down the road.

Charles Leno, OT, Boise State

Charles Leno 2014 NFL Draft Sleepers
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Charles Leno, OT, Boise State

Charles Leno 2014 NFL Draft Sleepers
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Boise State offensive tackle Charles Leno is a versatile lineman, who played right and left tackle while in college. He’s got very good mobility and is light on his feet, which makes me think that he’d be a good addition to a team that runs a zone-blocking scheme. He needs to improve his strength, but he has shown that he has the tools to be successful at the next level.

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SSgtFlo1 or add him to your network on Google


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