Let's start by taking a look at the players currently on our roster, their position, age and contract years left.
Arkin, David, G/C, 25, signed through 2014
Bernadeau, Mackenzy, G/C, 27, signed through 2015
Cook, Ryan, G/C, 29, signed through 2013
Costa, Phil, C, 25, signed through 2014
Dominguez, Ray, G/T, 24, signed through 2014
Free, Doug, T, 29, signed through 2016
Kowalski, Kevin, G/C, 24, signed through 2013
Leary, Ronald, G, 23, signed through 2014
Livings, Nate, G, 31, signed through 2016
Parnell, Jermey, T, 26, signed through 2014
Simmons, Aderious, T, 26, signed through 2014
Smith, Tyron, T, 22, signed through 2014
Weems, Darrion, T, 24, signed through 2014
So before the draft we have 5 players that could get work at Center, 6 players for Guard and 5 for Tackle.
Starting inside out, where do we stand? As of right now, health is the only thing holding Costa back from the starting Center position. Behind him, Cook has the fast track to be the backup. Kowalski has a good chance of knocking Cook off the team if he comes into camp healthy. If we draft a Guard then Bernadeau may slide inside to compete with Costa to start. Arkin seemed like a failed experiment at Center and should be worked exclusively at Guard if the team wants production from him.
The Guards....ugh, the bane of the line. You often here Free is so bad due to poor guard play. At LG Livings is fairly well marbleized as the starter. The winner of the Cook / Kowalski camp battle should be the immediate backup. At RG Bernadeau currently holds the top spot. Leary and Arkin have the honors of being the backups. Dominguez is the wild card. A 3 year starter at tackle for the Razorbacks after Redshirting behind Tony Ugoh. The Packers tried to keep him by signing him to the active roster in 2011, but were disappointed to lose him in 2012 due to roster numbers and injuries.
We have half of the Tackle position set. With Smith being our starter for years to come on the Left side. At Right Tackle, Free will likely be replaced through Free Agency unless he takes a large pay cut. Parnell was a project player with very limited football experience upon entering the NFL. After last year, the project phase is over. He is now a contender to be a starter and continue to get better. Simmons, Weems and possibly Dominguez are the new projects.
Projecting that Dallas will hopefully take Cooper or Warmack, what could our line look like? With Smith manning the left side, if we took Cooper, it would be nice to see him take Livings spot on the line. With the ability for the two of them to get to the second level, our running game going left could be ridiculous. If we take Warmack, more of a power player, then Bernadeau should slide inside to compete at Center or become a G/C backup.
Introducing the two possible starting line ups for 2013:
LT: Tyron Smith
LG: Jonathon Cooper
C: Phil Costa
RT: Jeremy Parnell / FA
LT: Tyron Smith
LG: Nate Livings
C: Phil Costa
RG: Chance Warmack
RT: FA / Jeremy Parnell
Depth chart: LT: Smith, Parnell, Weems
LG: Livings / Cooper, Cook / Kowalski
C : Costa, Cook / Kowalski, Bernadeau / Arkin
RG: Bernadeau / Warmack, Arkin, Leary
RT: Parnell / FA, Weems, Dominguez
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