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Impact Player for the Dallas Cowboys Heading into 2017 Season

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The Success of the Dallas Cowboys will rely a lot on the play of La’el Collins

La’el Collins is entering his third season in the NFL as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

Collins 2016 regular season was ended early after suffering a toe injury during week 3. With former starters Doug Free and Ron Leary retiring, Collins ability to produce will without a doubt determine whether or not the Cowboys offensive line will remain the strength of this team.

A Potential Swing to Right Tackle

As mentioned, the retirement of Doug Free opens up a spot at right tackle. Collins began his collegiate career as a freshman guard, but he would eventually become an All-American left tackle by the time he left Baton Rouge.

Despite not playing the tackle position in years, Collins seems very excited given the opportunity to be out on the tackle “island” as they call it. Collins said “I actually forgot how good it felt to be out on the edge, to kind of be out there on an island. Right now we’re not doing too much, just kind of working plays against the air. That’s about it. But it feels good.”

Part of the reason La’el Collins became an All-American at LSU is due to his ability to match his physical and mauling playing style with elite athleticism. The switch to right tackle, in my opinion, naturally highlight those aspects of his game. Which, in a bigger picture, will inevitably take the success of the entire offensive line, and offense to another level.

This is all, however, a hypothetical, as I’m sure positions will only be solidified by training camps end. However, Collins seeing first team reps out at right tackle, to me obviously indicates that is where coach Jason Garrett and staff want him to be.

In my opinion, if Collins can simply stay healthy this season, the Dallas Cowboys will have the best bookend offensive tackles in the NFL.

Prediction For La’el Collins

La’el Collins is entering his final season of his 3-year, $1,599,500 contract. Given his recent switch to right tackle, I believe we will see the first of many Pro-Bowl seasons out of Collins this year.  He would likely join Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zach Martin at the event.

The continued improvement of the entire offensive unit will continue to overwhelm a majority of their schedule this season. I believe Dallas will likely be in the driver seat again, with a similar season to last year’s 12-4 performance.

Dallas ended their season with a disappointing loss to the Green Bay Packers, but should benefit from the playoff experience. With the team’s efforts to build through the draft, some pressure should be removed from their high-powered offense.