Never mind that the Cowboys have signed two guards in free agency _ Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau _ for a combined $30 million, that will not preclude them from targeting Stanford guard David DeCastro with the 14th overall pick in the 2012 Draft.
Livings and Bernadeau got good money but no jobs have been given too them. Berrnadeau is a career backup. Livings started for the last two years in Cincinnati but there is a reason the Bengals made no real push to keep him.
Both however were targeted by the Cowboys for their size and strength. Livings is 6-foot-5, 332 pounds. Bernadeau is 6-4, 308. Both upgrade the depth at the position and will promote a fierce competition in training camp with veteran Kyle Kosier, who could to center or be released, and second-year players David Arkin and Bill Nagy.
But DeCastro is considered a special talent at guard who could be paired with left tackle Tyron Smith for years to come.
It's also telling that a source said the team will make a decision on Kosier's future on the roster after the draft.
Upgrading the interior of the line is important to the Cowboys because of quarterback Tony Romo's slight stature. Pressure up the middle is just as troubling as pressure from the blindside. He needs to be able to step in the pocket and not have his lineman pushed back in his face.
So while the free agent signings weren't sexy, they were part of an overall plan to improve the offensive line which was an offseason priority.