As Cole Beasley took to Twitter to comment on his usage with the Dallas Cowboys, slot receivers entering this year’s NFL Draft were dominating at the Senior Bowl.
While everyone knew about players like South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel coming into the week, some more under-the-radar slot guys made big names for themselves nationally due to their play.
Now, it appears the Cowboys could have their pick of the litter in terms of slot receivers come pick 58, and might find an immediate replacement for Cole Beasley if he prices out of their range. Let’s take a look at 3 wide receivers who took Cowboys Nation by storm at last week’s Senior Bowl.
Penny Hart, Georgia State
When you talk about winning a week of practice, you have to talk about Georgia State wide receiver Penny Hart. Despite his small size, Hart embarrassed defensive backs in the slot rep in and rep out at the Senior Bowl.
For three straight days of practice, Penny Hart was making highlight plays and going viral within draft Twitter. Previously thought of by many as a late day three prospect, Hart might have played himself into much higher consideration during the 2019 draft.
Andy Isabella, UMASS
Honestly, Andy Isabella might be a top 50 pick in this draft class. He’s good. Really good.
Isabella has top-notch quickness, fantastic foot-speed, and the ability to separate easily in the slot. Isabella just gets open so quickly, something which would work well with Dak Prescott, who often needs those quick windows.
You can’t play man coverage against this guy in the slot unless you want to get beat, and get beat fast. He would be an excellent piece to add to the Cowboys passing offense.
Terry McLaurin, Ohio State
Speaking of playing yourself into better draft positioning, meet Ohio State’s Terry McLaurin. Despite his touchdown drop during the actual game, McLaurin had a near flawless week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Looking like the precise route runner most didn’t believe he was, McLaurin made multiple plays throughout that week that grabbed everyone’s attention. During the game, McLaurin showed potential in the wide receiver screen game as well as YAC ability. He also can be used on end arounds and jet motion packages, making him an interesting prospect in today’s NFL.
Don’t be surprised if McLaurin is a day two pick this Spring.