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2017 NFL Draft: Identifying The WRs That Fit Cowboys’ Criteria

Brian Martin



2017 NFL Draft: Identifying The WRs That Fit Cowboys' Criteria

When it comes to the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL Draft, they seem to have a certain criteria that they look for in their wide receivers. It may seem like a narrowminded approach, but that just seems to be their philosophy and it has worked for them so far.

If you take a look at the Cowboys starting receivers over the past several seasons, you will notice that they are all around 6'2" tall and around 200 pounds. Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, and Brice Butler all fit into these parameters.

The Cowboys used a draft pick on all three of these receivers. Bryant was a first-round pick, Williams was drafted in the third, and Dallas traded a fifth round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders for Butler.

Cole Beasley and Lucky Whitehead however don't fit into the normal parameters that the Cowboys prefer in their WRs. That is why they were likely added as an undrafted free agents, which means the Cowboys didn't have to invest one of those coveted draft picks on them.

Draft picks are precious commodities and it makes sense that the Dallas Cowboys only draft players that fit into their philosophy, hence the 6'2", 200 wide receiver parameters.

With this information, we can now identify the wide receivers in the 2017 draft class that the Dallas Cowboys are likely to draft based on their criteria.

My top 10 WRs based on Cowboys criteria

  1. Cooper Kupp (6'2", 198), Eastern Washington
  2. JuJu Smith-Schuster (6'2", 220), USC
  3. ArDarius Stewart (6'1", 205), Alabama
  4. Malachi Dupre (6'2", 190), LSU
  5. Isaiah Ford (6'2", 190), Virginia Tech
  6. Amara Darboh (6'2", 215), Michigan
  7. Chris Godwin (6'1", 205), Penn State
  8. Zay Jones (6'2", 205), East Carolina
  9. Noah Brown (6'2", 220), Ohio State
  10. Josh Reynolds (6'3", 197), Texas A&M

It is still really early in the draft process, but these are my top 10 receivers that fall into the parameters that the Dallas Cowboys prefer in their wide receivers. This list will likely change throughout the draft process, but that's how I have these prospects ranked so far.

Of course, you may have noticed that Mike Williams (Clemson) and Corey Davis (Western Michigan) aren't mentioned. That is because I don't think either one is a realistic possibility of being available when the Cowboys are on the clock. But, if either Williams or Davis are available at 28, they do both fit the criteria.

As things stand right now, I have all 10 receivers mentioned above graded as second and third round draft picks, with the exception of Josh Reynolds, who I have slotted in the fourth round. I could also see Cooper Kupp and JuJu Smith-Schuster sliding to the first round and being drafted by a WR needy team.

Every other receiver on the list could possibly be available for the Cowboys when they are  slotted to draft 60th overall in the second round or 92nd overall in the third.

It remains to be seen if the Cowboys will draft a receiver in the early rounds of the upcoming draft, but with Dez Bryant the only true outside WR on the roster, I wouldn't bet against it.

The Dallas Cowboys will have to address the wide receiver position at some point this off-season, whether through free agency or the draft. Thankfully, we now know what type of WR they will probably be targeting if they stick to their normal parameters.

Do any of these wide receivers sound good for the Dallas Cowboys?

Please for free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

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  • Russ_Te

    They do as well down the draft on WR’s as any position:

    T Williams / 3rd
    Dwayne Harris / 6th
    Patrick Crayton / 7th

    Miles Austin
    Cole Beasley
    Lucky Whitehead

    I realize they will be tempted if a rated WR falls to them, but still doubt they will do it if there is a RDE or CB or even OT of good quality available.

    Jerry may have to be reminded of Manziel first however…

    Good chance Williams is offered more in FA than Dallas will match, whereas Butler will not be. They probably take a small leap this offseason to bank on Butler for #2 and not overspend on Williams. Then you just need 1 new cog like those above were, to prove out in camp.

    To me Butler has shown improvement in both seasons in Dallas, since he was floundering on the Raiders. He seemed to add the rest of the playbook this year and not just run deep. But as a starter I presume you’d use him a lot that way – occupy a CB and a FS on a deep route while Dez works underneath that. Or throw deep if the FS bites on a play fake to Elliott, etc.

    • Brian Martin

      Russ, ideally I think they would prefer to target WR in the third or fourth round. But, if Mike Williams for Corey Davis slide to 28 I think they would have a hard time passing that up. It really depends on how they have them ranked on their big board. I think they stick with best player available for the most part.

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Alabama LB Rashaan Evans Joins Dallas Cowboys List of 30 Visits

Sean Martin



Alabama LB Rashaan Evans Joins Dallas Cowboys List of 30 Visits

The Dallas Cowboys are the only remaining team in the NFL yet to sign an outside free agent, turning their attention towards what should prove a memorable 2018 NFL Draft from AT&T Stadium. Without filling any roster holes with top FA talent, the Cowboys' biggest loss of the offseason remains LB Anthony Hitchens - joining Matt Eberflus with the Colts.

The remaining market on free agent linebackers looks bleak, and without Eberflus on their sidelines the Cowboys may not feel as confident in their ability to acclimate newly acquired talent here. In search of another starter alongside Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith, the Cowboys will be hosting Alabama prospect Rashaan Evans for a pre-draft 30 visit.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

Cowboys pre-draft visitors: WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama OG Will Hernandez, UTEP OL Kolton Miller, UCLA (@TonyPauline) RB Nyheim Hines, NC State (@TheWolfpacker) WR Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa (@ConnorNFLDraft)

Evans is just the latest Crimson Tide defender to rise up draft boards as a hard-hitting linebacker that plays as a magnet for the football. This is a player with the ceiling to potentially step in for Lee or Smith should he be called on early in his Cowboys career, along with the talent floor to blend in with this team's projected starters at WILL and MIKE to add speed and tenacity to Rod Marinelli's unit.

The jostling for quarterback prospects at the top of the draft has already begun, with as many as five quarterbacks coming off the board before Dallas picks at 19th overall. Already planning on addressing their offensive line depth in free agency, the chances of an impact defender sliding to the Cowboys are increasing.

While there is no denying that Evans' presence would be felt from day one at The Star, I've already gone on record in naming him a "Player to Avoid at 19th Overall".

"Depth can be found at LB throughout this 2018 class, making Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds the only players I would consider with pick #19 at this position. Additionally, I've graded Evans as a third round player."

Should Edmunds or Smith be the linebackers that the Cowboys are in position to draft, this conversation changes entirely. Unlike Evans, these two prospects would be the "best available players at a position of need" that the Cowboys could target in the first round.

Rashaan Evans undoubtedly benefited greatly from the talent level of his surrounding Alabama defense - which will send multiple starters to the NFL again this season. Making enough plays to certainly be one such starter, Evans may prove in a tough spot to grab for the Cowboys come draft time.

This won't stop America's Team from doing their due diligence on a prospect that could help take their defense to another level, particularly against the run. Evans is officially on the Dallas Cowboys' radar, and could be their first LB selected in round one since Bobby Carpenter in 2006.

The Cowboys will also be meeting with Evans' Alabama teammate Calvin Ridley. Amazingly, they have not selected any player out of Alabama since 2001 (Tony Dixon). Planning valuable meetings with the draft's top receiver and one of its best linebackers gives SEC fans of the Cowboys hope that this streak will end next month.

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2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller

Sean Martin



2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller
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The Dallas Cowboys have been frustratingly unsurprisingly quiet through the start of free agency, as their opportunity to improve at the AT&T Stadium hosted 2018 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching. Offensive line depth remains a team need for the Cowboys, one they're actively looking to address by visiting free agent Guard Marcus Martin while planning a pre-draft visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

I'm told UTEP Guard Will Hernandez is another of Dallas' 30 pre-draft visitors. Hernandez joins Alabama WR Calvin Ridley and UCLA G/T Kolton Miller on the list of reported visitors for the #Cowboys. Since 2014, 14 of Dallas' 35 picks (40%) have been pre-draft visitors.

Protecting one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft in Josh Rosen through college, Kolton Miller absolutely blew up the Combine in Indianapolis - entering the draft as one of the most athletic available linemen.

It is this athleticism and versatility that the Dallas Cowboys should absolutely be looking for, if trying to add another "blue chip" player to an offensive line already featuring LT Tyron Smith, C Travis Frederick, RG Zack Martin, and RT La'el Collins.

Kolton Miller Longest Offensive Lineman Broad Jump 2018 NFL Combine

Kolton Miller with the broad jump world record for an offensive lineman at 10 1 wow

Tyron Smith's health (along with the level of play the Cowboys received at his spot in his absence) and the FA status of Jonathan Cooper are both reasons the Cowboys should consider adding a new, controllable option to their dominant offensive line. Whether this is with the 19th overall pick, or later on with a prospect like Miller, will depend on how the board falls through the first 18 picks of the draft.

With ten total picks coming in, the Cowboys could be positioning themselves for a move up the board to land an impact defender, or an additional piece for Kris Richard to work with in the defensive backfield. Staying home at 19th overall and selecting a player capable of playing swing tackle would not only be a safe option for the Cowboys, but a smart one with Ezekiel Elliott returning full-time to the lineup in 2018.

Without Elliott for six games in 2017, the Cowboys still managed nine wins. This is a point lost to most of Cowboys Nation, especially those watching the entire playoffs without their team in it, only to watch the Eagles hoist the Lombardi. Elliott's impact on each's week game plan for Dallas is hard to understate, and the Cowboys' trust in him begins up front.

Testing as an elite athlete with the film to match at tackle in the Pac 12, Kolton Miller should be a welcome addition to America's Team - getting the opportunity to learn the Cowboys' way with a trip to The Star in his future.

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Can Powers of Persuasion Help Make Will Hernandez a Cowboy?

Brian Martin



Can Powers of Persuasion Make Will Hernandez a Dallas Cowboy?

There is no shortage of NFL hopefuls who would like to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 NFL Draft. But, not one of them have used their powers of persuasion to make their intentions known as much as former UTEP offensive guard Will Hernandez.

Throughout the entire draft process, Will Hernandez has done nothing but stand out when given the opportunity. He first started to make waves at the 2018 Senior Bowl, where he pretty much dominated his competition. Then, he improved his draft stock even more by putting on a show at the Scouting Combine.

The 6'2", 330 pound offensive guard has likely cemented himself as a surefire first-round draft pick and is arguably the second-ranked OG in the entire 2018 draft class. He is a plug-and-play prospect for any team who drafts him, but he has made his intentions well known that he would love to play for the Dallas Cowboys.

Back in February, Will Hernandez was spotted hanging out with the Cowboys bookend offensive tackles, Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, to see the premiere of the movie Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis.

Will Hernandez on Twitter

@PujolsFive Cowboys fans will appreciate this post!! ⭐️ Movie Premiere #Deathwish Great movie!

To see Will Hernandez rubbing elbows with a few of the Dallas Cowboys talented offensive lineman only strengthened the connection for Hernandez becoming a draft pick by America's Team. But, this wasn't the only time the former UTEP offensive guard was seen out with a Cowboys player.

In March, he was once again seen out on the town with the Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith.

All of this can probably be chalked up to a current player hanging out with an NFL hopeful, but as a Cowboys fan you want to believe it's more than just a coincidence.

The Dallas Cowboys without a doubt need a new starting left guard. It can be argued it's the team's biggest need this offseason and Will Hernandez fits the bill to a T. He would immediately upgrade the entire offensive line and solidify the unit for years to come.

The only problem is, the Dallas Cowboys have already invested quite a bit in their offensive line and taking Will Hernandez in the first round would be considered by some as overkill. I for one wouldn't be opposed to taking him at 19 if he is the top rated player when the Cowboys are on the clock.

It's hard to know if seeing Will Hernandez hanging out with Tyron Smith and La'el Collins improves his chances of being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, but it definitely doesn't hurt. Offensive lines around the NFL perform at their best when they play as a cohesive unit, so developing a bond already could be viewed as a good thing.

Who knows, maybe Will Hernandez's powers of persuasion will pay off and end up being the deciding factor to help him become the next first-round offensive lineman drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you read anything into Will Hernandez hanging out with Cowboys players?

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