Graham Barton Reportedly Tied to NFC Contender in NFL Draft

The Duke star offensive lineman will likely hear his name called in the first round as he's gaining a ton of buzz leading into the 2024 NFL Draft.
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Duke Blue Devils star offensive lineman Graham Barton will likely not have to wait long to hear his name called on Thursday night in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Barton had an impressive pro day last month at Duke, which helped his draft stock and made him a potential mid-20 pick in the first round. The 6-foot-5, 313-pound Barton is viewed as one of the best top offensive guards in the country, but can also play some center.

Barton’s versatility is intriguing for a lot of teams in the first round, especially the Cowboys who need to find a new left tackle and center after Tyron Smith and Tyler Biadasz left in free agency. 

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported on Monday that the Duke star offensive lineman is one player who has been connected to the Cowboys.

Breer also notes Dallas' recent successes with Zack Martin and Travis Frederick, who were drafted in the first round. The Cowboys are an overwhelming favorite (-250 on FanDuel Sportsbook) to take an offensive lineman with their first pick in the NFL draft.

That said, Dallas hopes that Barton will be available when their pick rolls at No. 24 overall, as the Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 20 overall) are another team to watch out for. Breer wrote that the Duke offensive lineman “could be a nice fit” for the Steelers.

The Steelers have Nate Herbig projected as their starting center, who played in 17 games and started in two at guard. With the Steelers looking to contend this season, they might be better off trying to go after Barton if he’s still available.

With the 2024 NFL Draft almost a day away, it will be interesting to see where Barton lands as he has tools to be a starter immediately in the NFL.

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