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Scouting report for new Cowboys offensive lineman Parker Ehinger

The Cowboys traded for Chiefs offensive lineman Parker Ehinger. What did they get?

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The Cowboys raised some eyebrows on Thursday when they traded undrafted cornerback Charvarius Ward to Kansas City for offensive lineman Parker Ehinger (pronounced EIN-ger). Dallas needed some depth at offensive line with Travis Frederick’s uncertain status, so what exactly did they get in Ehinger?

To start off, Ehinger played football at University of Cincinnati, starting all four years. In his freshman year he was the right tackle, but moved to right guard the next two years before assuming the left tackle spot in his senior year. Right off the bat, that displays the versatility that Dallas certainly values. Measuring 6’6” and 310 lbs, he entered the 2016 NFL Draft with the body of a tackle but was projected to fit in as a guard due to his lack of elite quickness.

Ehinger ended up getting drafted in the fourth round by Kansas City, and he managed to beat out veterans Zach Fulton and Jah Reid for the starting left guard spot in his rookie year. He was playing well for a rookie, particularly in run blocking, but tore his ACL in October and was out for the season. After recovering from the injury, Ehinger started in Week 1 of 2017 at right guard but never saw action again in the year.

Still, Chiefs fans were high on him entering this season, and particularly the folks over at SB Nation’s Arrowhead Pride blog. In fact, click here for their review of Ehinger’s rookie season where they seemed hopeful of his potential.

Above are some of his measurables, and it’s easy to see from this why Ehinger has appeal as an interior blocker. As displayed in his rookie year, Ehinger excels in run blocking, something that’s important to Dallas with Zeke in the backfield. But his pass blocking isn’t bad either: he only allowed four sacks in his senior year as left tackle, and his skill in blitz pickups is above average.

Additionally, Sports Day’s John Owning made a compilation of some of Ehinger’s snaps with Kansas City to get a better idea of what he looks like in-game:

Overall, the plan with Ehinger is to add legitimate depth inside. Kadeem Edwards has looked adequate in preseason snaps, but Ehinger’s versatility gives the coaches plenty of options beyond Joe Looney. Even though Ehinger hasn’t played center at the collegiate or pro level, the Cowboys seem to think he can play the position.

“We liked him in the draft two years ago,” [Jerry] Jones said. “Obviously we needed some depth here. He has played guard, tackle, and can play center. If you have that type of position flex for us, then he could be a really unique fit for us.”

The hope is that Ehinger never sees the field, but if it comes to that, the Cowboys acquired a pretty solid insurance plan for a very low investment.

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