Power Rankings: Staff Orders O-Line Depth Chart


OXNARD, Calif. – One of the most common questions we hear at training camp usually starts with the sentence "what are you seeing out of …"

And then you just fill in the blank. So after one week of training camp here in sunny California, the Cowboys have yet to do an official depth chart. So the writers of DallasCowboys.com will unveil its position rankings each day.

And this isn't an exact list of the top performers out here in camp, but how they stack up on a would-be depth chart – at least in the eyes of the staff writers.

In our third piece, we look at the offensive line:

The writers of DallasCowboys.com assign power rankings to the Cowboys offensive line.

Tyron Smith (60)
Travis Frederick (56)
Doug Free (51)
Zack Martin (49)
Mackenzy Bernadeau (43)
Ronald Leary (39)
Uche Nwaneri (36)
Jermey Parnell (31)
Darrion Weems (31)
Brian Clarke (21)
John Wetzel (21)
Ronald Patrick (18)
Andre Cureton (10)
Josh Aladenoye (10)
Darius Morris (4)

Nick Eatman: The guy that got $100 million gets to be first, I guess. The first three picks are rather easy to get to for me. Doug Free just has no competition really at tackle so he's an easy third. I went four guards after that and after Martin, I gave Nwaneri the edge over Leary. Watch out for this Brian Clarke and John Wetzel seems to play better and better with each practice. [embedded_ad]

David Helman: I ranked Ronald Leary relatively low – not because of a talent issue, he just simply hasn't practiced yet. When he gets into the pads and gets himself back into the flow of things, I still think he's got a good shot to win the starting left guard job. Although I won't deny that Mackenzy Bernadeau has been impressive with his opportunity – honestly, the entire starting line has looked as advertised. Ronald Patrick, John Wetzel and Uche Nwaneri are all backups who have handled themselves well at times. As we've said several times during camp, the backup tackle battle between Jermey Parnell and Darrion Weems has been a bit of a letdown. I feel good about a lot of the interior linemen in this camp, but I can't say the same for the tackles – the ones behind the starters that is. Tyron Smith and Doug Free have looked fantastic.

Rowan Kavner: This one's tricky because we do a depth chart on this, not necessarily which players have outperformed others specifically in camp. The backup tackles haven't performed thus far the way many of us expected they could, so the Cowboys have to hope Doug Free keeps it up this year. The projected starting offensive line, however, has been fantastic early on in camp. The guards, from starters to backups, have also stood out. The battle at left guard between Bernadeau and Leary hasn't been much of one, as Leary's still on the sideline with the hamstring injury. There's no doubt about the No. 1 player on probably everyone's list overall.

Bryan Broaddus:Four of the five offensive line positions are set and despite the fact that Ronald Leary has yet to take the field at left guard I believe there still a battle at that spot. What this front office and coaching staff must figure out is who these backups are going to be especially at offensive tackle. Jermey Parnell and Darrion Weems haven't exactly been playing at a level at this point in time that would give you confidence if something were to happen to Smith or Free. Of the young guys Wetzel, Clarke and Patrick have been getting a ton of work and if they go long at the position anyone one of these guys could be in that final spot. 

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