Last week, ESPN Draft expert Todd McShay published his third mock draft, which had the Dallas Cowboys landing Alabama guard Chance Warmack at 18th overall. This week Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN’s other NFL Draft guru, followed suit with his latest mock--and we wouldn’t be unhappy if he was right.
To put it plainly, the interior of the Cowboys’ offensive line was bad last year. Quarterback Tony Romo spent much of 2012 running for his life, and this played a pretty significant role in his posting a career-high-tying 19 interceptions. The running game suffered from the line’s struggles as well, as the team rushed for the fewest yards in franchise history over a 16-game season.
As McShay so unabashedly wrote a week ago, Warmack could provide an immediate upgrade to the group.
“Anyone else get the sense that Alabama's running a good program these days? Anyway, this is the dream-come-true pick for the Cowboys,” McShay wrote. “Some have said Warmack is the best offensive lineman, regardless of position, in the entire draft. If he's there at 18, the Cowboys run to the podium.
“They need to get an offensive lineman in the first round, and while people keep asking me, ‘Well, what if the top five guys are all gone by 18?,’ it's worth mentioning that only once in the past 15 drafts (2008) have five offensive linemen gone in the first 17 picks.”
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