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Buy or Sell: WR Jalen Tolbert Will Be the Cowboys Surprise Rookie Gem

Every year following the conclusion of the , there is always a plethora of hot takes from analysts or fans on which rookies will be either all-stars, sleepers, surprises, or busts in their first year. While opinions vary, one hot-take caught my eye recently, as Bleacher Writer Ian Wharton listed South Alabama WR Jalen Tolbert as a “surprise rookie gem” for the .

In his paragraph about Tolbert, Wharton said:

“Tolbert's silky game projects well as a replacement for Cooper. The 6'1″ wideout should also see extra targets early since Gallup is recovering from a torn ACL. Look for him to be a Rookie of the Year candidate if the volume of targets remains steady all season.”

While I agree with Wharton's point, I feel like if Tolbert excels early on, it wouldn't be much of a surprise. Everyone has seen the losses the Cowboys have had in their WR Room this , and Tolbert will be entering a situation where he's needed to produce right away.

With that in mind, expect to see Tolbert put up solid production at the beginning of the season, but once Gallup comes back–things should change.

Factor in the team using WRs , , , or a possible WR (they could or sign for) to replace the production of WRs and Jr., Tolbert will have his work cut out for him.

Furthermore, I'm a fan of Tolbert, but the situation around him will benefit his production, and as they say in , “sell high before you're disappointed by the player.”

A surprise rookie gem is better suited for any of the Cowboys' later draft picks or even UDFAs. That is why I'm SELLING on Tolbert being a “surprise rookie gem.” And for those curious about who I would choose, I couldn't decide between one, so here are three options.

Watch out for a C from Boston College, a TE from Wisconsin (who's being severely underrated for pass-catch ability), and a WR from , who all should make noise in and have the chance to see valuable time on the field.

Rocky Garza Jr
Rocky Garza Jr
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I’m going with the “Vanilla Gorilla”.

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I actually agree with bleacher report!! Tolbert was the receiver I was hoping we would draft…. I was wanting him in the 2nd round, but we got lucky and got him in the 3rd round!! After watching some of his highlights, I was amazed by his hands…. He was catching stuff that looked way over thrown, and a couple of them he caught looked like they were being thrown away by the QB…. And my favorite one is the one that he caught where he was being blanketed by the corner on the sidelines…. He still caught it as he was falling out of bounds with the corner all over him!! And then I heard that Dak called him before we drafted him, so I think he’ll be one of Daks favorite targets!! Plus he’s our 3rd round pick, so I don’t see players like Simi Fehoko or Noah Brown, or any undrafted receiver getting playing time over him…. And if he balls out, or even just plays decent, I don’t see Stephen trading or signing another receiver!! Cause we’ll already have our top 3, with Lamb, Gallup and Tolbert, with Washington as our number 4 and Noah Brown or Fehoko as our number 5!!

And btw, I like Vams answer too….. He’s another player I really liked in this draft…. I was hoping to get him in the 4th round, but we got lucky with him too and got him at the end of the 5th round!! My favorite is Tolbert, but Ridgway is a close 2nd or 3rd!!

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