A Dallas Cowboys Dark Horse Wide Receiver To Keep An Eye On


One of the areas the Dallas Cowboys have an abundance of talent and potential this offseason is at the wide recevier position. Along with veterans Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley, the Cowboys also signed one of the most talented undrafted rookie free agent classes in the NFL.

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This group of young wide outs include USC’s George Farmer, Baylor’s Antwan Goodley, Kansas’ Nick Harwell, and Florida Atlantic’s speedster Lucky Whitehead. Throw in second-year wideout Devin Street and former first round selection A.J. Jenkins, and this Cowboys’ coaching staff will have some hard decisions to make when cutting down their roster in the coming months.

But according to former NFL scout and current DallasCowboys.com analyst Bryan Broaddus, it’s another undrafted rookie free agent wide recevier that has capture his attention above the rest as a possible sleeper to make this team.

"“My gut feeling is that Lucky Whitehead will make this team as the returner and backup slot player to Cole Beasley with some other specialty packages in the works, “Broaddus responded in an article that appeared on the Cowboys official site last week.” My dark horse to make this roster other than Whitehead would be Deontay Greenberry. There is something about his game and play-making ability that leads me to believe that he could find his way on the roster if they carried an extra guy at that spot. Will most likely carry two on the practice squad.”"

At 6-3, 200 pounds, the former Mr. Football out of California has the size and long arms of a prototypical NFL wide receiver. Greenberry was a four-star recruit out of high school who had scholarship offers from Alabama, USC and Notre Dame. Instead, the young wide out opted for the University of Houston, making him the highest-rated recruit in the school’s history.

Despite a breakout season his sophomore year, where he recorded 82 receptions for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns, Greenberry struggled with inconsistency, route running and dropped passes during his time in Houston. In fact, he dropped a total of 11 passes last season, second most in the country. For those reasons, the talented wide out went undrafted last month.

"“[Greenberry] is an intriguing athlete at his size with the athletic ballskills to make incredible receptions, but consistency is the issue and makes his future tough to project”, Dane Brugler stated in his 2015 NFL Draft Guide. “Greenberry was an inconsistent finisher in college with too many drops on his résumé and some abysmal blocking efforts on tape, showing a lackadaisical and disappointing attitude at times on the field. Greenberry, who needs to dedicate himself in the weight room, is an unpolished route runner and needs to be more aggressive in his patterns to create his path and generate separation. The mental aspect of the game isn’t there yet, but his size/speed skill-set and intriguing potential are intriguing…”"

With a second chance to prove he’s got NFL-level talent, Greenberry appears to be making the most of his opportunity so far in Dallas. Of all the circus-type catches made during the offseason so far, this young wide recevier is rumored to have been responsible for most of them. Of course, this is an offseason without Dez Bryant so far, who is a highlight reel within himself.

Training camp will be the proving ground for Greenberry and the rest of this talented undrafted rookie free agent class. With very limited spots available on this roster, these prospects will have to separate themselves from the pack in the next couple of months in order to win a job within this stocked receiver corps.

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