The Dallas Cowboys enter this April's draft with holes to fill on the offensive and defensive interior lines. Who the Cowboys will select to fill those holes is still up for grabs.
In its latest set of mock drafts, CBS Sports has a split opinion. Two analysts, Rob Rang and Pat Kirwin, have the Cowboys opting for Alabama offensive guard Chance Warmack. CBS Sports' two remaining analysts, Dane Brugler and Pete Prisco, look for the Cowboys to address the interior of the defensive line with tackles Sheldon Richardson and Johnathan Hankins.
Warmack, a 6'2, 317-lb. guard from Atlanta, is widely considered one of the finest prospects in the draft. He has been projected in the top 10 picks of the draft by some analysts, despite the fact that interior linemen are rarely taken in the first round. He played as a freshman for Nick Saban at Alabama, and started every game in his final three seasons in Tuscaloosa.
Richardson played his college ball at Missouri, and the St. Louis native was impressive enough to lock in to a first-round selection. The 6'3, 295-lb. Richardson fell to Dallas on Brugler's board, but was taken four selections higher by CBS Sports' other experts. Richardson is large and technically proficient, but relatively inexperienced, having started for just one season in Columbia.
Johnathan Hankins is also projected as a top-10 pick by many, but could well slide if the defensive tackles ranked ahead of him don't come off the board early. The former Buckeye stands 6'3 and weighs a whopping 320 pounds. While he was a strong defender against the run at Ohio State, routinely taking on double teams from the opposition, some have questioned his technique and high penalty rate.
The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 25.