Dallas Cowboys Draft Reviews: Manuel Johnson and Kevin Ogletree

By MBIIIEffect

With the last pick in their draft, the Dallas Cowboys went with former Oklahoma wide receiver Manuel Johnson. The guy is largely unexciting, boasting a pedestrian 4.5 40-yard dash and standing 6 feet tall. He also has the smallest hands of any wide receiver in this year’s NFL Draft.


He’s neither the consistent target that I was petitioning for in Brian Robiskie, nor is he the elusive, deep threat that a lot of this site’s readers wanted so badly.

But former Virginia wide receiver Kevin Ogletree could be the answer to some of your prayers.

I’ve had the chance to watch Ogletree over the last few years in Charlottesville, and I think the kid has some talent.

True, it might not be the kind of polished talent that gets you taken early in the draft, but I think he’s got some raw talent that could get him a spot on the roster eventually.

He’s a big target at 6’2 and 189 pounds. And he’s got sub-4.4 speed.

His critics say that Ogletree is a raw talent, though. He needs to work on catching the football instead of allowing it to come into his chest and he needs to run more crisp routes.

His critics also say that Ogletree probably hurt his stock by coming out a year early. Even though Ogletree has already graduated from Virginia, he had a year of eligibility left after knee surgery sidelined him for the 2007 season.

What could have happened if he had stayed at Virginia an extra year is anybody’s guess. He might have put up better numbers in Virginia’s new spread offense, or he could have hurt his knee again and hurt his stock even worse.

That’s all speculation now, though. I expect Ogletree to get some looks during preseason then eventually land on the practice squad. The guy does need some work, but he could eventually end up with a starting spot somewhere in the NFL. Being a Virginia fan, I hope that spot is in Dallas.

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