3. Players the Dallas Cowboys should draft in Round 1 – Trevor Penning
The offensive line has been a strength of the Cowboys for years after smart decisions to take Tyron Smith and Zack Martin in the first round built an elite unit. Excellent line play has been a key to Dallas’ regular-season success but the unit does need some fortification with age concerns as well as potential to upgrade at guard.
One player who could fit this mold nicely is Trevor Penning, a 6-foot-7 behemoth from Northern Iowa. Despite his massive size, Penning is actually quite quick on his feet, allowing him to use his massive frame to become a bowling ball that can knock opposing defenders to the ground.
There is a bit of developmental work to do with Penning since he didn’t face a ton of Division I competition in college, but Penning’s skills should allow him to slide in as a Day 1 starter at guard. This move would be a clear upgrade over Connor Williams, who is set to test free agency and is easily replaceable for Dallas.
The long-term potential of this move is exciting since Penning could be groomed as the Cowboys’ future left tackle with Smith now 31 years old and having dealt with significant injuries over the past few years. Smart teams plan ahead to keep their offensive line strong and taking Penning at No. 24 would qualify as a smart pick by Dallas.