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Position Outlook: Offensive Line Edition

This is the latest installment of my series called Position Outlook, where I will be profiling each position and the players that Dallas has for that position. I will be giving MY opinion on the relative strength of the position, and how likely I think Dallas will be drafting that position in the 2013 NFL Draft. I will include All current players in this evaluation. I am going to use some PFF grades, and while I do agree that they aren't the best, they are a solid Comparision tool...

Just as a refresher here is my rankings system(last revised Mar 2012):

1. Quality Starter- A player that more than likely would not be "beaten out" for a position. Examples of this would be Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Demarcus Ware. They tend to be the Cornerstones of the Franchise, and only injuries keep them out.

2. Serviceable Starter- A player that starts, but they tend to be limited in some way, and can be upgraded from. An example of this would be Barry Church.

3. Quality depth player- A player that has the ability to become a Quality/Serviceable starter, but may lack the playing time, due to injury, or is behind a Quality Starter. An example would be Orlando Scandrick

4. Depth Player- A player that lacks something that prevents him from becoming a Starter. They are usually quite limited in some fashion, and generally won't rise beyond "Quality Depth" Generally consist "street FA's". Orie Lemon is a good examplehere

So with Those out of the Way here is the Ranking system:

5 Stars- Quality Starter(s) at Position, quality depth player for Position= BPA only if player is ranked significantly higher than any other player, and would not be a factor in FA

4 Stars- Quality Starter(s) at position, only depth player in backup = Address as BPA and FA for Depth

3 Stars- Serviceable Starter(s), Quality depth players =slight need, BPA in rounds 4-7 preferably, look to fill need in FA

2 Stars-Serviceable Starter(s), Depth players in backup role = solid need, BPA within rounds 1-3 if not taken care of in Free Agency

1 Star- No Serviceable Starter(s), only depth players in Backup= major need, Draft no later than 2nd round, would take precedence over BPA if Gap is close enough, and is a must target in Free Agency

Now unlike last year where I broke down each position in an individual post, this year I am going to "combine" the Offensive line, Wide Reciever, Running Back, Tight End, Defensive Line, Line backers, and Secondary into 5 posts rather than separate posts. So lets's start with the Offensive Line:

The Center position:

Phil Costa:

Height: 6-3 Weight: 313 Age: 25

Born: 7/11/1987 Pennsauken , NJ

College: Maryland

Experience: 3rd season

High School: Holy Cross HS [Delran, NJ]

PFF Grades:

Ratings
Overall Pass Rush Pass Block Screen Block Run Block Penalty

4.6 0 0 1.1 0 3.1 0.4

Ryan Cook:

Height: 6-6 Weight: 325 Age: 29

Born: 5/8/1983 Albuquerque , NM

College: New Mexico

Experience: 7th season

High School: Cibola HS [Albuquerque, NM]

Ratings
Overall Pass Rush Pass Block Screen Block Run Block Penalty

5.7 0 0 -0.8 0.5 7.4 -1.4

Kevin Kowalski:

Height: 6-3 Weight: 304 Age: 24

Born: 1/2/1989 Bedford , OH

College: Toledo

Experience: 2nd season

High School: Nordonia HS [Macedonia, OH]

No PFF Grade

I find it funny that in my last review I got blasted because I thought Costa would be a decent C this year, and within 3 games nearly everyone was clamoring to have him back after he was injured....Ok enough gloating... Costa should be fully Healthy, and with both Ryan Cook and Kevin Kowalski behind him as both have acquitted themselves as decent backups and serviceable Starters.

However that being said, Costa did only play 126 snaps last year, so SSS beware....Cook obviously is decent but likely is a better G than C and Kowalski was also injured most of the year and ended up as the backup to Cook(near as i can figure.....) However the C position last year was a 2 star position, and Dallas seems to have upgraded it slightly IMO the C position is now:

3 Stars- Serviceable Starter(s), Quality depth players =slight need, BPA in rounds 4-7 preferably, look to fill need in FA

Up next we look at the Guard position:

Mackenzy Bernadeau:

Height: 6-4 Weight: 320 Age: 27

Born: 1/3/1986 Waltham , MA

College: Bentley

Experience: 5th season

PFF Grades

Ratings
Overall Pass Rush Pass Block Screen Block Run Block Penalty

-10.8 0 0 -10.4 0.5 -2.8 1.9

Nate Livings:

Height: 6-4 Weight: 320 Age: 30

Born: 3/16/1982 Lake Charles , LA

College: LSU

Experience: 5th season

PFF Grades

Ratings
Overall Pass Rush Pass Block Screen Block Run Block Penalty

11.3 0 0 -1.6 0.5 12.3 0.1

David Arkin:

Height: 6-5 Weight: 306 Age: 25

Born: 10/7/1987 Wichita , KS

College: Missouri State

Experience: 2nd season

No PFF grade

Ronald Leary:

Height: 6-3 Weight: 318 Age: 23

Born: 4/29/1989 Baton Rouge , LA

College: Memphis

Experience: Rookie

No PFF Grades

As you can see the Guard position at first glance doesn't look good. However Given the fact that both Bernadeau and Arkin both played Center, and Livings was hurt for the last few games, I feel relatively optimistic about the Guard Position. That being said, I have to lower the Ranking for the Guards, which was @ 3 stars but is lowered to:

2 Stars-Serviceable Starter(s), Depth players in backup role = solid need, BPA within rounds 1-3 if not taken care of in Free Agency

Lastly that leaves the Tackle Position:

Tyron Smith:

Height: 6-5 Weight: 308 Age: 22

Born: 12/12/1990 Los Angeles , CA

College: USC

Experience: 2nd season

PFF grades

Ratings
Overall Pass Rush Pass Block Screen Block Run Block Penalty

3.8 0 0 -2.7 0 9.8 -3.3

Doug Free:

Height: 6-6 Weight: 325 Age: 29

Born: 1/6/1984 Manitowoc , WI

College: Northern Illinois

Experience: 6th season

PFF Grades:

Ratings
Overall Pass Rush Pass Block Screen Block Run Block Penalty

-10.1 0 0 -4.2 0 0.4 -6.3

Jeremy Parnell:

Height: 6-6 Weight: 311 Age: 26

Born: 7/20/1986 Blytheville , AR

College: Mississippi

Experience: 3rd season

PFF Grades:

Ratings
Overall Pass Rush Pass Block Screen Block Run Block Penalty

-0.4 0 0 2.3 -0.5 -0.9 -1.3

Darrion Weems:

Height: 6-5 Weight: 302 Age: 24

Born: 9/4/1988

College: Oregon

Experience: Rookie

No PFF Grades

As you can see the Tackles were "hit and miss"... While Tyron played fairly well as a 21 year old LT, and Parnell was average, Free seems to be horrible...that being said I think alot of that had to do with the Guard next to him...and Bernadeau was pretty bad in the beginning, then no sooner than he gets straight he has to move to C, which means that Dockery(-5 overall, -2.8 run, -2 pass, -0.2 penalty) moved to his slot.

However as Bernadeau got better so did the play of Free. Also as the majority of Free's bad grade comes from his -6.3 penalty grade, it is likely that it is Free's technique needs to be worked on....Now given that Parnell was the only reason that the Tackle position was given 4 stars(due to lack of playing time) and he acquitted himself well enough to earn a -0.4 rating(also mostly due to his -1.3 penalty rating) I would be inclined to give this position 5 stars...however with Free and Tyron regressing so much they is not "Quality starters" at this time.....so I have to down grade the tackles to:

3 Stars- Serviceable Starter(s), Quality depth players =slight need, BPA in rounds 4-7 preferably, look to fill need in FA

There you have it BTB, the entire Oline in one post. Now as a Quick Review here are the positions as they stand:

QB- 5 stars

Center- 3 stars

Guard- 2 stars

Tackle- 3 stars

Up next will be the "Flex" positions, WR/RB/TE. Feel free to Critique my work, and let me know if you see anything that needs changing.

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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