One scenario you don't really hear mentioned too often lately is what would happen if you had a can't miss prospect available at the number six position in the draft. Do you draft that "can't miss" player, or do you stick with your gameplan with Quentin Jammer, Roy Williams, or Phillip Buchanon?
There are several players that come to mind to could create a situation such as this, but the one who just might be there when the Cowboys go on the clock is Miami OT Bryant McKinnie.
McKinnie reminds me a lot of Orlando Pace, the all-pro offensive lineman for the St. Louis Rams. He dominated the college game in a way similar to Pace, and he also mirrors Pace's size at 6'8, 330 lbs. You actually have to see this guy in person to understand his presence on the football field. He wears a size 18 shoe and has a wingspan of over 7 feet, 10 inches.
Bryant, who was a junior college transfer to the Miami Hurricanes, ended up as a starter at left tackle his last two seasons. He was an all-conference conference seleciton as both a junior and senior and an All-American last year.
"I could coach for 50 years and never coach a kid like that again," Miami offensive line coach Art Kehoe noted recently.
Some experts will argue that McKinnie does not play with an attitude that is nasty enough, or that he's not physically strong enough to become a dominant player in the NFL. I'm here to tell you those experts are flat out wrong, because the McKinnie is the real deal at tackle.
"Bryant McKinnie is like one huge mystery," Miami left guard Sherko Haji-Rasouli says. "He reaches out, grabs the defensive lineman and they're done. But you don't realize exactly how he does it."
If this were any other year, Bryant McKinnie just might be taken with the first pick in the draft. Not only is he the best offensive linemen available, he is also a dominating force that will likely control the line of scrimmage for some lucky NFL team for the next 10 years.
McKinnie is one of those rare athletes with incredible size and quickness. You have to admit, there aren't too many opportunities to draft a 6'8, 330 lb. offensive linemen with decent speed. It just doesn't happen.
"His upside is tremendous. He's got the physical skills to be one of the best ever. He's raw in terms of technique, but he really could be as good or better than NFL Pro Bowlers Orlando Pace and Johnathan Ogden." noted one NFL scout to The Sporting News recently.
And while Jerry Jones is clearly focused on "two players" with Saturday's number six pick, he'll be put in one heck of a predicament if Bryant McKinnie is still sitting there waiting to be drafted.
McKinnie could anchor the Cowboys' offensive line for an awfully long time, and he clearly would be the most "bang for the buck" in the first round. Unfortunately, he'll likely be gone by the time Dallas goes on the clock.
The Chargers are in desperate need of a blind side tackle for LaDainian Tomlinson, and they will pick right before the Cowboys at #5. But if somehow, someway, Bryant McKinnie is available when Jerry Jones and company get ready to make their pick-you just have to take him.
He is the best offensive linemen to come out of collge football since 1997, and you just can't ignore that fact.
What if Bryant McKinnie is Available?
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