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Cowboys Draft Target: Colorado State WR Michael Gallup

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Draft Target: Colorado State WR Michael Gallup

It's officially draft season at The Star, and with the abundance of needs the Dallas Cowboys have to fill, it's hard to narrow down their first-round targets to just one position. If you were to do so, however, wide receiver might be the spot to choose.

From my early viewings, this appears to be a good wide receiver class.

From first-round locks like Alabama's Calvin Ridley, to under the radar studs like Maryland's DJ Moore, this wide-out class is rather impressive. One player in particular has caught my eye recently, and has jumped toward the top of my draft wish-list for the Dallas Cowboys.

Colorado State Wide Receiver Michael Gallup

I recently wrote up a scouting report on Gallup for Slant Sports in which I detailed what makes him such an intriguing prospect.

The 21-year-old Gallup caught 100 balls last season for Colorado State, finishing with 1,413 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. At 6’1″ and about 200-pounds, Michael Gallup is the perfect productive Z receiver that any NFL offense would want.

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Michael Gallup's Toughness is Constantly on Display

He has no fear of going over the middle, and with strong and consistent hands he often brings in balls in traffic. Gallup creates easy separation against defensive backs, utilizing his speed, footwork and smarts to win in the secondary.

He is also dangerous after the catch, and possesses the ability to take any ball he catches the distance.

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"Against Toledo here, Gallup adjusts his slant route to find the soft spot in the zone. Once he gets behind the backers and underneath the safeties, Gallup turns his head and looks for the ball. He smoothly brings the ball into his hands, and then does the rest with his legs." ~

Gallup is a smooth route runner, but it is his understanding of how to exploit particular coverages that is most impressive.

In the clip below, Gallup uses his football IQ to beat Idaho's zone coverage and come away with an easy touchdown.

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Gallup was originally supposed to run a drag route, but as soon as he sees there's no safety in the middle, and that the linebackers are too shallow to beat with the drag, he breaks off his route and gets behind the coverage.

His ability to read the defense on the fly and adjust his route is very valuable.

I currently have Michael Gallup graded as a top-3 receiver in this class. He's a physical Z receiver with strong hands who creates easy separation with his efficient route running. He is exactly what the doctor ordered for Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys' passing offense.

For more on Gallup, be sure to check out my full scouting report over at Slant Sports.

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  • TreFKennedy88

    You should do one on Courtland Sutton he’s a pretty good Wr

  • Russ_Te

    When combine stats are in and I can see a WR with blazing speed – 4.3, 4.2 – someone who is a legit WR like Gallup, that to me is when he gets on the board for possible #1 pick. I’m open to it but it has to be an impact player.

    The OL need is a bit ahead of WR for me, so I’m going there 1st round if I can get either an impact OG or OT – better yet a swing man. You can’t get everything else in line next year, and then have a contending season wrecked because Tyron Smith went down or one of the interior guys. This offseason starts with that as top priority IMO.

    Then of course you see who falls. If it’s WR like a guy above, and there’s no Tyron or Zack Martin on the board – that will be a big boost for the team. Same if there is a Sean Lee sitting there – take him. Impact RDE’s never fall – but if so, again best available athlete, take him.

    One thing Linehan and Garrett wiffed on in 2017 IMO, is expecting Dez to still draw double coverage and open up the route tree for others – that time appears now to be over. Because of his physicality, he could still be a wrecking ball except Dallas is not using him right. If you draft and set up a Bob Hayes opposite Dez – a guy who will terrify secondaries and force the FS to hang way back – Dez should be able to clean up underneath.

    • Kevin Brady

      Agreed on all points, Russ. Plus, luckily in this draft class I think you can find a good OG on Day 2 of the draft. This will be helpful if they can go defense round 1 and then WR/OL on day 2.

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2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Texas Safety DeShon Elliott

Sean Martin



2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Texas Safety DeShon Elliott
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With more pressing needs on offense at guard and wide receiver, and defensively at DE or LB, the Cowboys' concerning lack of proven ability at safety has taken a backseat in this offseason's roster build. With the expectation that new Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard will elevate the play of the entire Cowboys' secondary, the team is doing their due diligence on safeties available in the 2018 NFL Draft - starting with Texas' DeShon Elliott.

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It appears Texas S DeShon Elliott is visiting the #Cowboys today

With 63 tackles and six interceptions in his final season at Texas, Elliott took full advantage of being a starter in the Big 12 for the first time in his career, flying onto the NFL Draft scene.

Elliott is a well-balanced, average athlete with the upside to be targeted late in April's draft and make a difference.

If they had to play a game tomorrow, the Cowboys would be rolling with Jeff Heath, Xavier Woods, and Kavon Frazier at safety.

Finding an expanded role this season for Frazier should be a priority in Dallas, as should supplementing Heath and Woods with additional talent. DeShon Elliott would fit this group well, along with the Cowboys' scheme, given his range and disruptive ability.

Should Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, and now Byron Jones help the Cowboys reach their full potential at CB, the Cowboys safeties will not be tested in single coverage up the field often. This is an area that Elliott was exploited in at Texas plenty of times, performing better as a true free safety or second-level player.

Continuing to add young talent at the right price is key to the Cowboys' ongoing rebuild on defense, now visiting with a local safety prospect that should be available to them in the later rounds. Texas' DeShon Elliott is officially a name to consider come draft week in Dallas.

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Cowboys Draft: PSU WR DaeSean Hamilton Fits Cowboys’ “Type”

Kevin Brady



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Last week, I detailed what the Cowboys tend to look for when drafting a wide receiver. In terms of a combine profile, Dallas clearly has a "type" of wide-out they like to target.

The Cowboys certainly need to upgrade their receiving corps, but with the plethora of other holes to fill, they may not be able to do so until the 3rd or 4th round. Luckily for the Cowboys, there is at least one receiver which both fits their profile and should be available early on day three.

That player is Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton.

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Working on something for @InsideTheStarDC... here's the height, weight, 40 time, and 3 cone for every WR DAL has taken since 2010.

First, let's re-examine what the Cowboys like to look for. As you can see from the above graphic, the Cowboys draft targets all seem to fit a similar profile. If we treat Dez Bryant as their "ideal" draft pick, the trends become even clearer. Dallas wants to find a wide-out who is about 6'1" 205 pounds, runs nearly a 4.5 40 yard dash, and about a 6.9 three come time.

DeaSean Hamilton, coincidentally, is 6'1" 203 pounds, ran a 4.47 40 yard dash at the Penn State pro day, and ran a 6.84 three cone at the combine. Penn State's all time receptions leader stole the show at the 2018 Senior Bowl, putting all of "Draft Twitter" on notice to his talent.

An efficient and smooth route runner, Hamilton looks natural coming in and out of breaks, creating separation with his precise routes. The Cowboys don't have many receivers on their roster who can win with their route running, and adding a player like Hamilton would greatly help third year quarterback Dak Prescott moving forward.

With the ability to play in the slot, as well as potentially being a Z receiver for the Cowboys and a replacement for Terrance Williams, Hamilton would be an excellent draft target in the third or fourth round. And, keeping in mind how nicely he fits their typical draft profile, I'd expect Dallas to target Hamilton during the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Dallas Cowboys Mock Drafts Address Needs at 3 Different Positions

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Mock Drafts Address Needs at 3 Different Positions

"Tier two" of NFL Free Agency is here, meaning the Dallas Cowboys can set their sights on adding depth and filling the holes left by departed FAs Anthony Hitchens and Jonathan Cooper.

It may take another week for mock drafts to reflect the losses of both starters by the Cowboys, but the ongoing draft process does not slow down at any point. A few of the names the Cowboys will bring in for pre-draft 30 visits have already been released, and this week's roundup of national mock drafts continues to address the overall needs on this Dallas roster.

CBS Sports: Calvin Ridley, WR - Alabama

CBS Sports' R.J. White:

"Ridley's stock is down after an unimpressive combine, but the Cowboys decided to use one of their predraft visits on the talented wideout, who might not fall any further than this pick. Considering wide receiver is one of the team's biggest needs, they could jump at the chance to draft Ridley, who could eventually take over the No. 1 role if the Cowboys move on from Dez Bryant next offseason, which would save them more than $12 million on the cap."


The Dallas Cowboys will be meeting with free agent WR Allen Hurns today, a tangible second receiver that could immediately upgrade Terrance Williams' position. Hurns, unlike the lesser-known pass catchers the Cowboys looked at previously in free agency, may have enough talent entering his fifth season to take Calvin Ridley out of consideration in the first round.

For now, Ridley should absolutely remain in the conversation as this draft's top receiver. Frequently finding his way to the Cowboys in many post-Combine mock drafts, the Alabama star is just getting started in reaching his football potential and becoming an option for Dak Prescott on the outside.

Draft Wire: Vita Vea, DT - Washington

USA Today Draft Wire's Jacob Infante:

"Vea could realistically go higher than No. 19, but there may not be a ton of teams willing to draft a nose tackle early on in the draft. Vea’s much different from the average nose tackle, though, which is something the Cowboys would see firsthand if they were to pick him."


The hype for Vita Vea as a prospective Dallas Cowboys target has died down ever since Stephen Jones mentioned the team's preference to find 1T DTs with the traits to also rush the passer as a 3T. Simply being "different from the average nose tackle," as Infante writes here, may not be enough for Vea to be selected at 19th overall by the Cowboys.

Should the Cowboys be surprisingly wiped out at both guard and linebacker on their board, considering a rare prospect like Vea and the impact he could make in Rod Marinelli's scheme could become much more realistic though.

An investment like Vea at nose tackle feels like the safest way for the Cowboys to protect their franchise tag investment on DE DeMarcus Lawrence - while also potentially boosting the play of Maliek Collins and David Irving inside at DT.

Drafttek: Isaiah Wynn, G - Georgia

Drafttek's Long Ball:

"... Isaiah Wynn played LOT for the SEC Champion and National Champion runner-up Georgia Bulldogs. Bill O'Brien's South coaching staff moved Wynn inside and he was easily the most impressive interior OL prospect during practice sessions..."


This would be one of the highest value picks the Dallas Cowboys could make at 19th overall. As it stands today, this team is in need of a starting left guard they can trust, which Isaiah Wynn can be from day one at the next level.

Despite their clear need up front, using another first round pick on an offensive lineman will surely generate some eyes rolls around Dallas on draft night. As if his mauling style of play and NFL-ready build aren't enough for the Cowboys to sell their fans on Wynn, his flexibility to provide needed depth at OT puts this Georgia product over the top.

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Recent trades by the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills to shake up the draft order may just be scratching the surface for the run of quarterbacks that takes place annually atop each draft. With as many as five QBs coming off the board prior to the Cowboys' first pick, their ability to add a quality starter at a position of need looks good.

Exactly what these positions of need will be by the end of free agency, and which prospects fill needs in Dallas, will update weekly as we continue to prepare you for the 2018 NFL Draft here at Inside The Star.

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