A Look at Ronald Leary in 2013
If I were a coach of the Cowboys, there’s a good chance that my starting lineup would include Ronald Leary. I took a look at the guard today at NBC:
There’s not much we can study on Leary because 1) measurables don’t matter much for linemen and 2) he hasn’t played in a game. We know that he’s a big, strong interior lineman, but that could actually be a negative. You always want your players as strong as possible, of course, but the Cowboys might be tempted to roll with the quickest linemen if they plan to implement more zone concepts with Bill Callahan calling the plays. That’s not really what the selection of Frederick suggests, but it’s a possibility. At the end of the day, I think the Cowboys will end up starting whoever is the best player, regardless of his exact skill set.
If Leary gets playing time in 2013, many have suggested that it will come at the expense of Livings. I think that would be a mistake, as Livings outplayed Bernadeau in 2012. Let’s do a quick comparison:
Livings: 3.92 YPC at point, 1.9 percent pressure rate, 5 sacks allowed
Bernadeau: 3.18 YPC at point, 3.2 percent pressure rate, 6 sacks allowed
When you look at the final sack totals, it appears as though Livings and Bernadeau were pretty even in pass protection. That’s not the case, however. Based on the total pressure each player allowed, the most likely sack total for Livings was 3.5, and the most likely total for Bernadeau was indeed six. Plus, Livings was much better as a run blocker.