Originally Posted by xwalker
If Parnell does not become a decent NFL player, then I'm going to quit "scouting" players.
I've studied this player more than any other developmental player on the Cowboys roster over the past 2 years. This includes at least 10 reviews per snap with each angle in the All-22 and from the broadcast this season. It also includes any snaps played in the 2011 or 2012 pre-seasons. Last, it includes watching in person at Training Camp.
He might be up and down in the 1st two or three games as a starter in 2013, but by the end of the season I think he will be considered an above average NFL player. I can't say the same thing about any of the interior OL that are currently on the roster.
I feel good about him too, based on what I've seen from him. However, I would not do like Garrett has done since taking over and just rely on him without a decent backup plan.
Start Parnell, but also grab a cost-effective vet to compete with him and back up the tackles. (Sort of like Pittsburgh did when we dropped Flozell because of age and contract vs. production.)
If we're going to start a "young" line, we need to rely on cagey vets to back it up. Cook was a good signing from that standpoint. Dockery not so much, but Holland would have been if Dallas had been willing to cough up the guarantee.