Dallas Cowboys insiders give fans some insight on what they’ve been hearing in their hallways about the Cowboys interests in the upcoming draft.
With all the draft talk surrounding the Dallas Cowboys being at full tilt right now, any piece of useful information to help guide fans through the fog of speculation is appreciated. One such tasty draft nugget was quietly dropped on Cowboys fans this week.
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Following a foot injury suffered by All-Pro wide recevier Dez Bryant in Week One of last season, the Cowboys discovered they have a real weakness to address within their receiver corps. After Bryant was sidelined for several weeks following foot surgery, Dallas looked to the rest of their receivers to fill his void. Surprising, not a single wide out stepped up, revealing a huge need for a playmaker in that position. And it appears some of the scouts for the Cowboys have their eye on a local kid to possibly fill that spot for Dallas in the upcoming draft.
During an episode of the Cowboys Break podcast, which airs weekly on DallasCowboys.com, one of it’s four insiders revealed something they’ve overheard from scouts a couple times in the hallways of Valley Ranch.
"“Where we sit in our office, we hear a lot of scouts [in the hallway]….the guy I’ve heard at least twice that they like is Josh Doctson from TCU,” revealed Nick Eatman, writer for the team’s official site said during the Cowboys Break this week. “I think they really like him. I know he was a junior and wasn’t there, got hurt. You know he got hurt last year. He’s probably in the…late first to second round type of guy.”"
Obviously, the Cowboys scouts are going to have discussions about several players and like many of them. It’s certainly no solid indication that Dallas has Doctson high on their ever-evolving draft board. And there are certainly a lot of scouting opportunists to come to re-evaluate players, like the NFL Scouting Combine later this month.
But the fact this is coming from within Valley Ranch makes it worth mentioning, as most franchises are in lock down mode when it comes to that sort of insight. But in an age of purposeful false information, take it with a grain of salt as well.
Doctson certainly makes sense for Dallas. The 6-2, 195 pound receiver is a high character, high effort, high production player that is literally right down the road at TCU. Doctson is leaper with long arms and soft hands, that will also get you yards after the catch and is able to create separation from defenders. The young wide out needs to tighten up his route running and his slight frame lends to durability concerns. He did suffer a broken wrist last November that prematurely ended his senior season.
Projected as a late first to early second round draft selection, the Cowboys (who currently own the 34th overall pick) will get plenty of opportunity to evaluate Doctson between now and April’s draft. But the one thing you can’t deny is his production. In the last two seasons as a Hornfrog, the first team All-American receiver recorded a total of 143 catches for 2,344 yards and 25 touchdowns in 25 games.
You can watch a nice segment by CBS Sports below about the young receiver and his battle to play for the school he loved as a kid in TCU.
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