Dallas Cowboys: 2013 draft - OL

Advanced scouting: Jonathan Cooper

April, 14, 2013
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Jonathan Cooper Spruce Derden/US PresswireNorth Carolina's Jonathan Cooper is a top guard, but will he be available for the Cowboys at No. 18?

To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 1 offensive lineman: Jonathan Cooper


Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 311 pounds

School: North Carolina

Why he’s on the radar: The inconsistent play of the Cowboys' guards in 2012 raised serious questions about the team's future at the position. There were two guards taken in the first round last year and that trend could continue with Cooper considered the top player at his position. The issue is whether he'll fall to the Cowboys at No. 18. If he's still on the board at No. 14 or No. 15, Dallas might have to move up to get him. Fixing the offensive line is a high priority at Valley Ranch and getting Cooper could help the Cowboys improve.

Projection: First round

Stretch Truths: Guard who was also a high school wrestler so he plays with excellent leverage and feel. He’s flexible for a big man with good bend and balance, which helps him in pass protection to recover. ... Has good feet to pull and get second level blocks. ... Average punch and pop. ... The question I have with this kid is size and lower football functional strength to run through contact. ... Overall opinion: He’s the fifth-best offensive lineman.

Advanced scouting: Chance Warmack

April, 7, 2013
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Chance Warmack AP Photo/John WilliamsonChance Warmack plays with an edge and is considered one of the top guards in the draft.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 2 Offensive lineman: Chance Warmack


Position: Guard

Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 317 pounds

School: Alabama

Why he’s on the radar: The Cowboys signed Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau in free agency last year but still want to upgrade the interior of the offensive line. Warmack is considered one of the top guards in the draft and probably will be off the board when its time for the Cowboys to select at No. 18. Warmack doesn't have the position flexibility the Cowboys normally want, but he's a solid player who has the potential to be a starter for the next 10 seasons.

Projection: First round

Stretch Truths: Played all four years at Alabama. … Has strong punch and power to press a defender in pass protection. … Good lower body to anchor, and balance that matches. … Has excellent feet to get to second-level blocks and run his feet through contact. … Is comfortable with a tackle over his nose. … I only question his true foot speed after running 40 in 5.49 seconds. … He’s the top guard in the draft and has a real nasty side. … Overall opinion: Take him if he's there with the 18th pick.

Advanced scouting: Lane Johnson

March, 31, 2013
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Lane JohnsonJustin K. Aller/Getty ImagesOklahoma tackle Lane Johnson has excellent leverage and can play all positions on the offensive line.

To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 3 offensive lineman: Lane Johnson


Position: Tackle

Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 303 pounds

School: Oklahoma

Why he’s on the radar: Left tackle Tyron Smith had a good season for the Cowboys last year, but inconsistent play from right tackle Doug Free prompted the team to use Jermey Parnell. The Cowboys need to upgrade the offensive line, and if Johnson is available in the later half of the first round, he would be a good choice. Johnson played both tackle spots at Oklahoma and multiple positions in high school -- from quarterback to defensive end, so athletic ability isn't an issue.

Projection: First round

Stretch Truths: Tall tackle plays with excellent leverage and can play all positions across the line. ... Smart football sense; good punch and power; can reach block; good straight in-line run blocker. ... Has power to sit and stop a bull rush. Also has good balance to recover in pass protection. ... For a big tackle, he can really run, as evidenced by his 4.67 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. ... Take him if he's there with the 18th pick.

Advanced scouting: D.J. Fluker

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D.J. Fluker, Chance WarmackDak Dillon/USA TODAY SportsAlabama's D.J. Fluker (76) is projected as a right tackle and has the size and athletic ability needed.

To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 4 offensive lineman: D.J. Fluker


Position: Tackle

Height/weight: 6-foot-5, 339 pounds

School: Alabama

Why he’s on the radar: The Cowboys are looking for upgrades along the offensive line because of the inconsistent play of starting right tackle Doug Free last year. Getting a rookie with tremendous upside to be either the swing tackle or compete for a starting job should be viewed as a positive for the Cowboys. Fluker is projected as a right tackle and has the size and athletic ability for the position. Coach Jason Garrett respects what Nick Saban has done at Alabama and he'll listen to his evaluation of this prospective first-round pick.

Projection: Late first round, second round

Stretch Truths: The big, strong, physical tackle has 36.75-inch arm length and 10.5-inch hands. ... If he gets those hands on you, it's over. ... Tends to get a little top heavy at times and his balance is inconsistent. My concern is that he is a little heavy-legged. ... Has to play on the right side only as it’s not natural to kick and slide from the left tackle position. ... Overall, I question his smarts to play guard at the next level.

Advanced scouting: Travis Frederick

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Travis FrederickMike McGinnis/Getty ImagesTravis Frederick started all 13 games at center his senior year at Wisconsin.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys' board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 5 offensive lineman: Travis Frederick


Position: Center

Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 330 pounds

School: Wisconsin

Why he's on the radar: Despite signing Phil Costa to a new contract and restructuring Ryan Cook's deal, the play from the Cowboys' centers was average in 2012. Costa and Cook dealt with health problems last season and that can't happen again if the Cowboys expect some consistency along the interior of the line.

Projection: Second round

Stretch Truths: Started all 13 games at center his senior year and played at guard some as a junior. ... Lacks good balance and feet and is top-heavy. He gets yanked out of his chair when trying to pass protect (sit and anchor). ... While playing guard as a junior, lacked feet to get to the second-level block. That concerns me as a center. ... Doesn't show power in his lower body. ... Not real strong with his punch in pass protection.

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