Why Didn’t The Dallas Cowboys Draft A WR?

    Leading up to the 2016 I was nearly positive that the would address the position at some point, but as we know now I would have been proven wrong.

    After watching the Cowboys receivers struggle throughout the 2015 season I thought for sure that the organization would have put serious thought into upgrading the position, but whether it was by design or lack of interest, they decided to forgo drafting a WR with any of their nine draft picks.

    However, if you think about it in a roundabout way they did use a 2016 draft pick on a wide receiver when they traded their 2016 5th round pick to the in order to obtain the rights to . Butler may have been one of the top WRs if he would've been a part of the 2016 draft class if you compare his pre-draft measurables against the other receivers.

    Brice Butler's pre-draft measurables

    Ht. Wt. 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
    6'3″ 214 4.37 sec 1.54 sec 2.58 sec 4.40 6.70 39 “ 10'9″ DNP

    If you take a close look at Butler's  pre-draft measurables, you will notice that based on these numbers he would have been one of the top WRs in the 2016 draft class.

    It's no secret that the 2016 wide receiver draft class was one of the slowest in recent memory and after the first couple of rounds the majority of the receivers were best suited to play out of the slot. There were very few outside wide receivers available and they went early in the first few rounds.

    In fact, the only WR that comes close to being comparable with Butler is former Notre Dame wideout , who was drafted by the with the 21st pick overall the .

    Will Fuller's pre-draft measurables.

    Ht. Wt. 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
    6'0″ 184 4.32 sec 1.51 sec 2.51 sec DNP DNP 33.5″ 10'6″ DNP

    You may have noticed that Fuller is 3 inches shorter and nearly 30 pounds lighter than Butler. Also, it would seem as if Butler might just be a little more explosive since he had better vertical and broad jump numbers.

    Honestly, I believe that Butler is a better receiver than Fuller is and might just have more upside than any other receiver that was a part of the 2016 draft class.

    Butler has yet to really  get the chance to showcase his skill set. For some reason or another he was never able to crack the starting lineup with the Raiders and with the Cowboys last year he showed flashes of what type of weapon he could become, but struggled with a reoccurring hamstring the majority of the year.

    and Brice Butler are both entering the final year of their rookie contracts  and could be competing against one another for that number two receiver spot. Not only are they competing for more playing time, but they could be competing to see if one of them earns a with the Cowboys.

    This will be an interesting to keep track of leading up to the season opener against the division rival .

    I for one am looking forward to seeing what Butler can do with a full working with . He could possibly be the deep threat that fans have been wanting for several years now.

    In 2015, Butler called 12 passes for 258 receiving yards, but averaged 21.5 yards per reception. That's definitely what I would like to see more of in the Cowboys in 2016.

    So, to answer the question why the Cowboys didn't draft a WR in the ?

    You  can just look at the player wearing #19 and know the Cowboys might just have something up their sleeve for the .

    Brian Martin
    Brian Martin
    Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.


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    Jess Haynie

    I was already excited about Butler this year and this just kicked it up a notch. I really hope he gets every opportunity to beat Williams for the starting job, because I like the idea of his speed stretching the defense to let Dez, Witten, and Beasley get things done underneath.

    Randy Martin

    Wow Brian you really went out on a limb here. You said he is better than Will Fuller and has more upside than any other receiver in the draft? Really? Based on what? Glimmers? You said for some reason or another he could not crack the lineup in Oakland. That told me a lot as Oakland was really hurting for receivers and he could not step up. He came to Dallas with me very skeptical. He is really going to need to make serious strides to live up to the hype. Right now he is nothing but potential with a small p.