Is the Dallas Cowboys’ interior O-line really a major liability?
Dallas Cowboys left guard Connor Williams’ biggest problem is that he’s not Dallas Cowboys right guard Zack Martin.
This is the main reason Cowboys critics spend so long trying to replace Williams. John Owning, our friend at the Dallas Morning News has suggested that Dallas purchase offensive guard Ben Powers of the Baltimore Ravens to help with what Owning calls a “major problem — the interior offensive lines — heading into the 2021 NFL season.
These are the issues that need to be addressed:
*Is the O-line interior really a “major risk”? Or is Williams as the guard, and Tyler Biadasz, the second-year guy, at the center, just relatively so, because Martin, Tyron Smith, and La’el Collins – three blue-chip talents — make up the remainder of the O-line?
*What is the worth of Powers? Although Owning is raving about him, he suggests that Dallas trade for a late-round draft selection. If he’s that good (and we trust Owning, while at the same time not pretending to be able to tell that he is), why would Baltimore trade him for a low-value draft pick?
*Additionally, if his guard skills are so impressive, could he, as Owning wrote be the “odd man out” in Baltimore’s guard competition?
*And then, John mentions that Powers (24 years old) could be added to the “premium depth” behind Williams and Martin.
He wouldn’t even start?
In a way, Owning is thinking ahead. He points out that Williams will be a free agent following this season and that Powers could then apply for the job in 2022. Connor McGovern and others are already available in Dallas to fill the position if Williams does leave.