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How Much do we Really Know About TE Blake Jarwin?

One of the biggest debates of this season is whether or not the should be considering Florida with their 1st-round pick. Opponents of this idea site as a key reason why Dallas doesn't need the elite TE prospect. But what exactly is this faith in Jarwin based on?

After finally claiming the starting job in 2020, Jarwin's season didn't last a full game. He suffered a major ACL in Week One against the and was out the rest of the year following surgery.

Before this, Jarwin was stuck behind 's farewell parade float in 2019. During Witten's temporary in 2018, Blake had to fight his way into the conversation against veteran and 4th-round rookie .

When Swaim got injured in Week 11, Jarwin started to emerge as the superior prospect to Schultz. In the finale against the , Blake exploded for three touchdowns and 119 yards to earn .

Now it's 2021 and Jarwin is still cashing checks off that one exceptional performance. Despite a quiet 2019 (365 yards and 3 TDs) and a lost season in 2020, many still have high confidence in Blake's ability to be an explosive weapon as a starter in the Cowboys' .

This projection may be entirely accurate. Jarwin is big, athletic, and has flashed his receiving skills at various points. But between going undrafted in 2017 and turning 27 this July, Blake's only ever given us flashes and that one big day in New York to put our faith in.

That's why others in are baffled at the that taking Kyle Pitts would be foolish. We're not talking about adding Pitts to an established stud like or Darren Waller, or making him play second fiddle to an aging legend.

Blake Jarwin is six years older than Kyle Pitts and has yet to deliver on whatever potential you've seen in him. And I promise you, no matter how high you think Jarwin's ceiling is, any objective observer will admit that Pitts' is considerably higher.

If your argument against drafting Pitts is that Dallas' has bigger needs elsewhere on the roster then that's perfectly fair. If your argument's that Jarwin and Dalton Schultz provide good insurance and solidity at tight for 2021 then that case can also be made.

But don't tell me that Blake Jarwin, coming off ACL surgery and having never done it, has earned some unchallengeable right to the Cowboys' starting TE job. I wish him all the best and hope he does blow up in 2021, but he's hardly done enough to make you pass on one of the best prospects to come along in decades.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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