This weekend, the Dallas Cowboys host the Seattle Seahawks in what could potentially be an NFC Wild Card play-in game when things are all said and done. Each team is currently on the outside looking in to the NFC playoff picture, but both Dallas and Seattle have chances to sneak into the sixth seed.
So, this Sunday is a rather important test for the 2017 Cowboys who have really been in “playoff mode” since after Thanksgiving – when they fell to 5-6. With that being said, I actually want to take a quick look at the 2018 Cowboys, and give you guys a couple of names I’d love to see Dallas target in the 2018 NFL Draft.
If one thing became clear during Ezekiel Elliott’s six game suspension, it is that this wide receiver corps is not good enough as a whole. Or, at the very least, they don’t fit Dak Prescott’s playing style enough to make them a worthy group.
The Cowboys have to take a hard-look at the wide receiver position this offseason, and while I don’t believe they’ll go with a wide out in round one, here are some potential targets if they did think about making the move.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Yes, Calvin Ridley is a first round talent. And yes, that talent is far from a secret around the league. But depending on how these final two games go for the Cowboys, it’s possible they could be picking early enough to draft him in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Ridley is a 6’1″ 190 pound receiver from arguably the top college football program in the nation. While I certainly don’t think he will match the talent level of a different first round Alabama receiver (Julio Jones), I do think Ridley is the best pass catcher in the 2018 draft class.
He is an excellent route runner, and is also incredibly impressive with the ball in his hands. Cowboys’ receivers have struggled mightily getting yards-after-catch this year and Ridley would provide an immediate upgrade in this category. Prescott also needs to find an efficient target in the passing game, and Ridley could be that target.
To be honest, the Cowboys would have to lose their remaining two games to even have a realistic shot at Ridley. And even at 8-8, it’s doubtful to me that he would fall far enough for Dallas to snag him. Regardless, he is a guy to keep an eye on as this process moves along and we head towards the 2018 NFL Draft.
Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
The All American receiver from Memphis, Anthony Miller put the world on notice this season by racking up video game numbers. Miller caught 92 passes for 1,407 yards and a ridiculous 17 touchdowns in 2017 as the most dynamic weapon on one of the best offenses in the country.
Like Ridley, Miller is explosive with the ball in his hands. An excellent athlete on tape Miller created big plays out of wide receiver screens and underneath throws routinely. I also saw him win down the field often, mostly due to his speed.
Miller is a controlled receiver, and at 5’11” 190 pounds, he could be the hybrid offensive threat the Cowboys appear to be lacking both on the outside and in the slot.
Anthony Miller has been a riser all season. I think his Senior Bowl and Combine will be important to where he’s projected to be taken. While he is a step below Ridley on my board, he would certainly be a heck of a consolation prize for the Dallas Cowboys if they were able to draft him in 2018.