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Do we sign a tackle or draft one?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by dantheman41, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. dantheman41

    dantheman41 Active Member

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    I am assuming Free is released. Do we sign a veteran to compete with Parnell for starting right tackle or do we draft one somewhere in draft?
  2. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    I go with a vet at tackle because I think Parnell could be the answer but want to hedge my bets, then draft an interior starter in the first round. You can usually get one of the top two interior guys at the point we're drafting, but the best OTs are usually drafted higher.
  3. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I'd rather sign an G and draft a tackle just for the money aspect. A very good G is probably cheaper than an average OT, so you could probably get more back for your buck going with the G in FA and the OT in the draft provided one is available.

    I've said it before, if Dallas is looking for an OT they should take the best one available regardless of what side that player projects to. Put the best OT out there and let Tyron play the other position, be it RT or LT.

    Tyron can play both so I think the smart move is to get the best combination of OTs possible and let the dice fall how they may. I see no reason to go one-track-mind on the Tyron at LT simply because we all desire that he develop there. And lets be honest, he didn't do as well at LT as he did at RT in 2011. Now, he's the kind of guy who you think can be a very good LT so you don't move him back simply because he can be a RT better because if he gets to his level of play from his rookie season only at LT, you've got a franchise player.



    I've also had some thoughts about maybe getting a guy who plays LT and flipping him to RT. There's always talk of going the other way but presumably a guy who could play LT would be able to play RT, wouldn't he?

    I'm not talking get a stud LT and move him to RT because that'd be a little wasteful but if Dallas could get a second tier or maybe even a third tier LT who doesn't really project to the NFL as well at LT and then flip him to RT, you might get a better player than a equally rated RT who has a decent projection to RT.

    I think Dallas has some options at OT because Tyron can play either. Personally, if you could guarantee me that a LT in FA or the draft that could give me solid play, I'd take him in a moment and have Tyron go back to RT where he can be one of the top players at that position. In an ideal world Tyron we could count on him being a top LT but he's still got some time before I think we can expect that. I think this would give Dallas the best possible OL because I don't think any RT could give you what Tyron could but Dallas might be in a position to snag one of the 2nd tier LTs who presumably wouldn't be all that worse than where Tyron was at for 2012. I doubt you'd expect less than average from a 1st rounder and Tyron was right about there.
  4. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Preach it Hoof!
  5. Verdict

    Verdict Well-Known Member

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    I personally think that we should draft an offensive tackle in the first round, assuming that we have an OT rated that high that fits our system unless the BPA is clearly a much better value. Not only does it help us out at a position of need, but it helps keep our salary cap healthy as well.
  6. dart

    dart Benched

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    I can't believe all the hatered for Free

    guys I don't see spending any money on a FA OT

    and really don't see Free ever being released

    now at OG I could see signing a FA

    Chad Rinehart, G, Bills. Age: 28. [IMG][IMG]
    Chad Rinehart did a phenomenal job replacing Andy Levitre in 2011 when the stud guard had to move around in the wake of injuries to Eric Wood and Demetress Bell. Unfortunately, Rinehart missed most of 2012 with an ankle injury.

    Antoine Caldwell already plays in a zone blocking scheme
  7. dart

    dart Benched

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    well you ASSUMING is wrong IMO
  8. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    Excellente!
  9. elcocinero

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    Typically Offensive Tackles are overvalued in the draft while Guards and Centers are undervalued. You can typically get the 1st or 2nd best interior offensive lineman with the 18th pick, but you may get the 4th best tackle.

    If a solid first round grade tackle is in your lap at 18, then you have to take him as there is a good change you can get a very good player at guard or center in the 2nd or 3rd rounds. But, I wouldnt reach for a tackle that has a 2nd round grade at 18.
  10. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    Why not both?
  11. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Parnell will be the starter.

    The backup could be a lower cost FA pickup.

    I do expect the Cowboys to draft a developmental OT.
  12. justbob

    justbob The Peacemaker Staff Member

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    Free was awful good at helping Tony up.:D
  13. dantheman41

    dantheman41 Active Member

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    I'm not a hater of Free. I watched him closely last few games and I thought he played really well. Was much more aggressive and attacking in the run game especially. I am going off of what the DC media is saying. Broaddus and few others have already said he will not be on roster next year. And to be honest it sounds like its a decision they already made, not that I agree or disagree.

    I don't get the drafting a tackle higher then an interior player either. If Parnell is potentially something, I think we draft either a mid round player or a younger veteran to compete with him for starting spot. Don't think they just give him the spot
  14. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    did you watch Free try to play?
  15. CopenhagenCowboy

    CopenhagenCowboy Active Member

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    I don't like that plan. But yeah, that's what I expect as well.

    Not really sold on Parnell as a starter. Not for a full season.
  16. Prossman

    Prossman Active Member

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    How about Phil Loadholt from the vikes?
  17. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    I watched him play on the all22 some but not a lot. He wasn't as bad as I thought initially but he's not a top flight OT at either spot. You can't get by the $8M a year or is it $11M. He's not worth that so unless there is a good reason he's not playing well enough then he'll have to address his contract.

    Where that goes will determine the draft. I still think they will go after a FA OT if the price is right. If they land one then they can modify their draft needs.
  18. HoosierCowboy

    HoosierCowboy Put Pearson in the HOF

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    deep draft at DT--I'd take the best OL in the first and maybe in the second too--Free on a good line is still overpriced but maybe good enough
  19. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    I take the best players available in rounds 1 & 2... regardless of the position.
  20. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    no one really goes BPA no matter what they claim. teams have several players of nearly equal value at all times

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