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Could Free move to guard if starting OT is drafted?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Corleone, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. ConstantReboot

    ConstantReboot Well-Known Member

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    His play improved to the point where we really don't need a OT in the first round. We also really don't need to move him guard which his skills are ill suited for it. Frankly, its a stupid concept which only amateurs can think of. Which kinda leads me to think that Dallas is run by amateurs.
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  2. dogunwo

    dogunwo Waves that make you sea-sick

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    Agreed
  3. GloryDaysRBack

    GloryDaysRBack Well-Known Member

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    Except for the fact that his contact is up soon and thinking that you are set at RT for the future is short sighted and native. . .

    Otherwise, yeah. .. We good
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  4. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    I don't think we'll take a tackle in the first round unless it's Zack Martin, and not at #16. Martin's apparently sliding too.
  5. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    virtually everyone will slide and rise before the draft, especially as late as it is this year
  6. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    I can agree with that. Too much time in between the combine and the draft, IMO.
  7. ConstantReboot

    ConstantReboot Well-Known Member

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    So because you RT's contract is up you switch him to guard and you draft a RT in the first round? Thats just as worst us picking up another TE in the 2nd in order to replace Witten for the future while there were other more important needs that needed to be addressed. Like possibly getting a guard rather than a TE.

    Dallas is thinking too far ahead that they can't even see the forest for the trees.
  8. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    Keep Free at RT and if you draft a OT stick him at G for a year. That way you don't have two guys next to each other learning a new position.
  9. GloryDaysRBack

    GloryDaysRBack Well-Known Member

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    Lolol.. no, it's not anything like that
  10. HappyOnions

    HappyOnions Datwin

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    I think Free was our most improved player last year. I think it really sunk in that he didn't initially live up to his contract so it made him play with a chip on his shoulder. I like Free at RT for the foreseeable future.

    I think we should draft a guard to replace Waters but I think the oline was one of our strongest units last year and doesn't need to be adjusted save for drafting a guard.
  11. Nirvana

    Nirvana Well-Known Member

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    Morgan Moses may be that guy. I've heard he can play guard if needed. 2nd round value.
  12. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    Good pick. Love the player.
  13. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    He's been rising lately. I've seen some sources suggesting he might sneak into the first
  14. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I think most teams will consider Zack Martin as a Guard and Moses will be the clear #4 OT.
  15. EGG

    EGG Well-Known Member

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    Can Free play guard? The answer is: Nobody knows. It was a wild adventure moving him to RT, not sure the Cowboys want to experiment with him again.

    Bottom line, even though the OL is rice paper thin, the need for all-things-defense is so overwhelming that there is no way an OL gets drafted by us in the first round and maybe not the second round either. Can a third round RT come in and displace Free? Probably not.
  16. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    The primary reason for Free's improvement was a slight change in the OL blocking scheme.

    They had Bernadeau keep a closer than normal spacing to Free in Pass Pro. This prevented the outside pass rusher from beating Free to the inside and allowed Free to over-set to the outside which is a huge advantage. They had Fred favor blocking right to compensate for Bern compensating for Free. They were only able to do this because Leary was able to handle himself with minimal help. Basically, if you saw Leary get beat in Pass Pro, there's a good chance that Free is actually to blame.

    They also designed run plays to work around Free's lack of ability to power run block. Their goal in runs to the right was to get Free's man to commit to the outside allowing Free to wall him off while they ran inside between Free and Bern or between Bern and Fred. As the season progressed Bern became very good at executing what I refer to as the pinball block. He would fire out into Free's man to help get him to the outside of Free and then bounce back to block a defender coming from the inside. It made Bern look like a pinball. The timing had to be just right to make this play successful and Bern did an excellent job of executing it. It allowed Free to be a wall-off blocker which is about all he can do in the run game.

    The issue for the Cowboys going into the draft is that they have a legit backup OT in Parnell but nothing at OG unless they think OT Weems is an option there. They did sign OG Chris DeGeare, but he has not played since 2010.
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  17. cowboyschmps3

    cowboyschmps3 Well-Known Member

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    I think we should just draft a guard of course not in the first round cause their ain't many good enough for the first, but too change Free after a good year, I hope that ain't the case
  18. SilverStarCowboy

    SilverStarCowboy The Actualist

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    Memories are short. Doug Free proved he could play Guard at a starting level last pre-season.
  19. bkight13

    bkight13 Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I would love for Parnell to win the RT job in camp and make Free expendable. Draft a OG by the 3rd round for depth and to push Bern and Leary.
  20. dogunwo

    dogunwo Waves that make you sea-sick

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    Then you have to draft a tackle.

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