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NFLN's Mayock: Cowboys Should Address Offensive Line at No. 18

Most experts agree that Dallas should take an offensive lineman in the first round of next month's draft

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Not that it’s a terribly groundbreaking statement, but the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock believes the Dallas Cowboys pretty much have to go offensive line with the 18th overall pick in this April’s NFL Draft.

His reasoning is straightforward enough: A) Dallas really needs to do a better job of protecting their franchise quarterback (a point that anyone who watched more than a few Cowboys games last season could agree with) and B) This particular draft class is quite deep where offensive linemen are concerned.

“I think if you’re the Cowboys, you’ve got to protect Tony Romo better than you have. First and foremost, that would be my contention,” Mayock said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “This draft is so different. If you’re a playoff team or you’re the Cowboys, it’s good to be picking where you’re picking. Because you’re going to get the same kind of players at those spots as the No. 5 or 6 pick, I think.”

If Dallas does go offensive line in the first round--and just about everyone seems to think they will--it will mark the second time in the last three drafts that they’ve got a big man with their top pick.

They grabbed left tackle Tyron Smith out of USC with the ninth overall pick back in 2011.

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