The Dallas Cowboys made Asim Richards the second North Carolina player selected in the 2023 NFL draft when they took him in the fifth round at pick No. 169 at the end of April. The former Tar Heel joins a Cowboys team that is looking to return to the playoffs but needs some help on the offensive line.
Barring injuries to the line, Richards is expected to stat the year as a backup and work his way into the rotation. At his first minicamp in the NFL, Richards played primarily at right guard. However, he does offer some versatility on the line with where he can play.
“I’m versatile so I’m comfortable at a lot of places,” Richards said via Cowboys Country. “I played left tackle in college so that’s naturally going to be my most comfortable position. I like other positions and I got a little taste at the Senior Bowl so I’ve been working on it for sure.”
Richards was a standout left tackle at North Carolina and was consistent in his college career.
It’s still very early in his NFL career but offering that versatility to play at different spots could be valuable. Especially if there’s an injury or someone isn’t playing their best and there needs to be a move made.