After getting one of the better value players in the entire draft earlier in the night, the Dallas Cowboys came back in the third round to take offensive tackle Chaz Green with the 91st pick.
The Cowboys have now drafted an offensive linemen in the first three rounds of the draft four of the last five years as he joins a group including three first-round picks.
“It’s a dream come true I’m really grateful for this opportunity,” Green said Friday night. “I can’t wait to get out there. This is the best offensive line last season. To be able to come in and get around those guys and that culture, it’s exciting. I can’t wait to get to work.”
Green becomes the first offensive player taken by the Dallas Cowboys in this draft, after selecting UConn cornerback Byron Jones (27th) and Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory (60th).
The Cowboys did recently re-sign Doug Free to a three-year deal in the offseason to keep the starting five linemen intact, but did lose key backup Jermey Parnell to the Jaguars in free agency.
Green could be a good candidate to be the Cowboys’ swing tackle to back up both Free and Tyron Smith at either spot. He started 29 games at Florida, including 27 on the right side. But he also saw some playing time early in his collegiate career at guard.
“I’m definitely a guy who can fit wherever you line me up. I can slide in and play guard,” said Green, who I can’t wait to come in and learn behind Tyron Smith and Doug Free and those guys. They talked about me playing swing tackle.”
Green was one of the 30 players the Cowboys brought in on the Top 30 visits back in early April.
“I could tell it was a first-class organization,” said Green, who only visited five teams. “Everything is bigger in Texas. There’s a different legacy there. Now that they drafted me, it’s a dream come true to be a part of it.”
Scouting Report on your newest Dallas Cowboy: OT Chaz Green
Chaz Green | Offensive Tackle | Florida | 6-5 / 314 | Age: 22
Honors: In 2011, Green started eight games at right tackle for the Gators, earning Freshman All-American honors.
How he helps: He’s got the frame for a right tackle but has the quick feet to match. This offense has some smart lineman already and Green would fit right in. His awareness will also help him learn right away. If he’s drafted, he could immediately be the swing tackle with the idea he could eventually start on the right side.
Scouting Report: Has played as a left and right tackle in his career. Is a tough minded player that plays with nice football intelligence. Is one of those tackles that really understands what is going on around him. Hard guy to fool or put in a poor position blocking wise. Knows how to pass stunts and twists without any problems. Disciplined player in every sense of the word. Large man physically that moves well laterally. When he kicks away from the line of scrimmage he can put himself in solid blocking position. His feet can really be good in pass protection. Does a nice job of extended his hands but would like to see more pop or shock in them. Tends to catch the rusher more than punches them. Attempts to muscle his man. You will see him duck his head and use it to stop the charge of the rusher because he doesn’t trust his overall strength. Will try and lean on the rusher. Will need some work as a run blocker when he is asked to block one-on-one. There are snaps where he will struggle with his overall sustain and finish. For his size he should not get stalemated as much as he does. Feet allow him to get on the second level and secure those blocks. Has to be careful not to play over the tops of his feet and become overextended. Have seen him end up on the ground some and that’s due to becoming too top heavy. Love the fact that he could play on either side. Is one of those tackles that has a great deal of upside if given the opportunity to gain more upper and lower body strength – which I believe is the only trait that is holding him back. – Bryan Broaddus
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