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Lockout analysis: Offensive line

7/4/2011

ESPNDallas is providing a daily breakdown on how the lockout has affected the individual position groups.

Position: Offensive line:

Depth chart: Doug Free, Kyle Kosier, Andre Gurode, Leonard Davis, Tyron Smith, Marc Colombo, Sam Young, Montrae Holland, David Arkin, Phil Costa, Bill Nagy, Jermey Parnell, Robert Brewster, Alex Barron

Not under contract: Kosier, Barron

Player hurt most by lockout: Smith

Player with most to gain: Kosier

Analysis: When the Cowboys took Smith with the ninth overall pick, they said the intention was for him to play right away. The best part of his offseason has been the fact that he was able to get a playbook when the lockout was lifted for a day.

At least he will have a chance to familiarize himself with the playbook, but all rookie linemen need time to get physically stronger, and this is the time of year when they work almost exclusively in the weight room.

Getting time on the field, even without pads, in May and June would have allowed Smith to learn at a slower pace. Now he will have to learn on the fly when training camp begins.

Kosier is an unrestricted free agent, but the Cowboys must keep him. He will not command a big-time contract and his value cannot be overlooked. He makes a lot of the line calls and knows how to work in space and leverage.

If Colombo is released, as many expect, then Kosier’s value grows even higher whenever football returns.