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If Cowboys Draft WR Early, Who Might Lose Their Roster Spot?

With a lot of talk about the selecting a receiver early in the 2019 draft, one has to wonder how that would impact the current talent. There are already a couple of guys under contract who probably won't make the 2019 roster, so would could be additionally squeezed out if Dallas drafts another receiver?

Currently, the Cowboys have six players who all have strong cases for roster spots. The three locks are , , and newly-signed veteran . They are your top-three receivers for next season.

Next are veterans and , who the Cowboys have elected to bring back. They re-signed Austin to a one-year contract and exercised a team option on Hurns' deal for 2019.

Along with them is , a 2017 late-round pick in the third year of his rookie deal. Brown is an intriguing player with strong blocking skills and value, plus he's flashed some offensive ability in limited opportunities.

We haven't even mentioned guys like or yet, but they will have to really stand out in to force their way onto the roster now. And that's without the team adding any new talent in the 2019 draft.

Dallas can keep as many WRs as they want, but needs across the roster generally make it so you can have no more than six. If they draft a guy anywhere in Rounds 2-5, that player will almost be guaranteed a roster spot in 2019.

Who would lose in that exchange?

Allen Hurns
Dallas Cowboys WR Allen Hurns

The axe would likely fall on either Noah Brown or Allen Hurns. We've already established the top three of Cooper, Gallup, and Cobb, plus Austin is your return specialist. That means either Brown or Hurns should become the odd man out.

Hurns brings experience, having been a 1,000-yard receiver before in this league. But he also bring a larger contract and more cap savings if released. He also could miss a large part of the program recovering from his major ankle in the .

Brown is cheap with two years left on his rookie deal. He offers upside, but a newly-drafted player would conceivably offer more. Dallas might rather give that newcomer the opportunities that Noah needs.

There is a scenario where Dallas could keep seven receivers. Because Brown's size and blocking ability, they could elect to keep him instead of a fourth .

What's more, there's a chance that both Hurns and Brown could be gone if Dallas drafts a significant receiver. That might try to get Brown to the and then dump Hurns for the cap savings.

This time of year it's easy to get excited about the next wave of rookies, but someone typically loses on the other end. Sometimes it's a guy we've been excited about in the past, like a Noah Brown or Cedrick Wilson.

2019 won't be any different. If Dallas drafts a WR with one of their earlier picks, somebody is going to lose their spot as a result. We'll find out if anyone's job is threatened in a few weeks.

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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Not your goat

We have already parted ways with Thompson, Beasley and Williams so I’m not sure anyone is going to lose their job especially if you factor in the annual quad and hamstring injuries from Garrett’s conditioning program.

Jess Haynie

Williams was on IR most of last year. Thompson was released when they brought Noah Brown off of IR. And Beasley has been replaced with Cobb. So at this point, none of those “losses” still have an impact.

Just do the math, as the article outlined. We already have a lot of guys at WR and adding one more will probably cost somebody a spot.

William C Pagano

Also, when would this person play with Cooper, Gallup, Cobb. Give me (not in order) safety,DL, CB. I wouldn’t care if they didn’t pick WR at all.. and still plenty of FA RB’s waiting.

Not your goat

I’m not tryingto argue with you just statingmy own opinion. With the exception of Cooper we went into the season with all those guys. If anyone loses a job it’ll be Lenoir if he doesn’t make the 53 out of training camp because he should be ineligible for another year on the PS. Dallas went heavy on WR last year and from what we saw last year w/ injuries they will probably do the same again this year.

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