Protection Plan

With the their second pick in the third round, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Robert Brewster.

For the past several seasons, the Dallas Cowboys have had one of the best offensive lines in the entire NFL. But the risk has been that the vast majority of that talent has been in the starting five, with little in the way of quality depth.

The Cowboys took a step to bolster the line with their second pick in the third round Sunday, snagging the massive tackle (6-4 1/8, 325, 5.24).

Brewster is a versatile player who probably projects at guard, at least initially. Dallas generally uses tackles with behemoth proportions like Flozell Adams and Marc Colombo. Brewster is a few inches shorter than those two, but could play outside because of exceptional footwork and very long arms.

Brewster isn't overly strong, relying more on polished technique and leverage than raw power, but is versatile enough to eventually play any position on the line except center. While not necessarily a weightroom warrior, he is tough, athletic and durable, having started four seasons at Ball State — at right guard as a freshman, and right tackle for the next three seasons. He was slowed in 2008 by a knee injury, but still didn't miss a single game in his college career.

The biggest adjustment he'll have to make in Dallas is getting back into a three-point stance. At BSU, he played in a two-point stance preferred by teams who rely heavily on the passing game. He is a polished blocked — particularly in pass protection — but going back to the traditional three-point stance at the NFL level will be something he'll have to get used to again, as the stance offers an entirely different point of view of oncoming defenders.

Brewster is the No. 18 offensive tackle prospect available in this year's draft according to Scout.com.

Early Sunday, the Cowboys selected Western Illinois outside linebacker Jason Williams.

Dallas has 10 more picks remaining in this year's draft.

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