For all the disagreement over how next week’s NFL Draft will go, the consensus strongest position group is at wide receiver. We could see as many as five or six wide receivers taken in the first round this year, with potential studs such as Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb leading the bunch.
I have 18 WRs in my top 100.
NFL Network’s draft expert Daniel Jeremiah said that he has 18 wide receivers in his top 100 players, and if all were to be taken in those first 100 picks it would be a historic draft. Of course, the odds are only 11-13 at most will go during the first two-three rounds, meaning there should be incredible value at the receiver position on the end of day two and beyond.
Of course that leads to the question – will the Cowboys dip into this potentially historic wide receiver class?
Dallas did pay top price for their number one wide out this offseason, extending Amari Cooper for five years. Michael Gallup is developing into a strong number two option as well, coming off of a 1,000 yard sophomore season.
But that doesn’t mean the Cowboys can’t improve on what already may be a strength on their roster. Even in the first round.
If a Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, or someone of that first round caliber is available 17th overall, the Cowboys should 100% consider pulling the trigger. Yes they have real holes on the defensive side of the ball, including at cornerback and safety, but adding more firepower to an offense that was already among the league’s best in a multitude of categories would only make their 2020 roster scarier.
All signs point towards Dallas prioritizing the defensive side of the ball 17th overall, however. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be any smoke around the receiver position at all.
Insider Mike Fisher took to Twitter to rank who he sees at the top 4 possibilities for Dallas in round one: and it was all defense. And he’s not alone. This is a common theme amongst those in the Cowboys-know, meaning everyone should be paying attention.
@BobbyBeltTX for fun, I’ll try a #Cowboys No. 17 order: 1 CB Henderson 2 EDGE chaisson 3 CB Terrell 4 LB murray https://t.co/b3lePbHN2u
Personally, I’d still be happy with three of those four selections. But prioritizing a linebacker over a game changing wide out would be poor roster building in my book.