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2018 NFL Draft: How Early Should Cowboys Consider Tight End?

With set to enter his 16th season for the , it has become an annual tradition to discuss the team's need for young talent at TE. In a down year for the entire Cowboys , Witten caught the fewest passes (63) he has since 2003 – his rookie year.

Since 2003, the Cowboys have drafted seven tight ends, most of which suffering the same fate in Dallas. Playing behind the future first-ballot TE in Witten, the only players that have sustained any success behind him remain current tight ends and .

Geoff Swaim
Dallas Cowboys TE Geoff Swaim

A sixth and seventh round pick respectively, Hanna and Swaim don't exactly excite anyone expecting the Cowboys to upgrade their in 2018 and beyond for .

For all of the buzz about the Cowboys using their current 19th overall pick on a WR (a decision I would be against), where is the ideal spot in this draft to target a TE?

This year's draft class at TE is a top-heavy one, with some big time pass catchers available at the top of it. If the Cowboys are serious about adding a legitimate middle-of-the-field threat on offense, they could consider the likes of Dallas Goedert, , or Ian Thomas with the 50th overall pick in the .

Of course, continues to hold out hope for to revolutionize the TE position in Dallas as their last pick in the 2016 draft, but the Baylor basketball convert has done little to prove he's motivated to rise up the anytime soon.

Doug Nussmeier is the Cowboys' third TE coach in as many seasons, joining the staff for 2018 with no previous experience in this role specifically. Nussmeier does bring extensive experience alongside Cowboys OC , as well as nine years as an OC himself with Fresno State, Washington, Alabama, Michigan, and Florida.

It is safe to say that Nussmeier understands the importance of the TE position for a QB, especially a young one like Prescott – who has inconsistently used Jason Witten as the “security blanket” he became known as under .

If recent draft holds up, the Cowboys will wait until the later rounds to possibly address tight end. The impact a top player from this class could immediately have in Dallas needs to be considered though, making TE an intriguing draft need as early as the second or third rounds.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Travis Diggs

Im interested to see more out of Blake Jarwin who stayed injured and couldn’t make it to the roster. Rico and Jarwin might be a better combo than Hanna and Swaim. I would still draft a TE though but not until late in the draft, free agency might do also depending on who’s out there

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