Draft history says elite O-Lineman will be available to Cowboys at No. 18 in the NFL Draft?
By MIKE FISHER FS Southwest
IRVING, Texas – If you talk to personnel people about offensive linemen available in the April 25 NFL Draft, you come away believing there are five top-tier standouts. If you examine mock drafts, you come away believing all five will be snapped up before the
Dallas Cowboys get the opportunity to use the No. 18 overall pick to fill their offensive-line need.
But draft history offers some relief from those unfortunate predictions – and the possibility of Dallas being left with the option of taking an elite blocker at No. 18.
Never in the last 27 years has there been a draft in which five offensive linemen went before pick No. 7. Not since 1985 – featuring Bill Fralic (Falcons) at No. 2, Lomas Brown (Lions) at No. 6, Ken Ruettgers (Packers) at No. 7, Kevin Allen (Eagles) at No. 9 and Jim Lachey (Chargers) at No. 12 – has there been a five-deep run at this position group.
In five drafts in the last 27 years, four offensive linemen were taken in the first 17 slots. The average number of O-linemen drafted before the 18th spot in the last 27 years is 2.48. On seven occasions, just one offensive lineman was selected in the first 17 slots.