Despite many people’s mock drafts and expert opinions on the needs of the Dallas Cowboys, there is no reason to waste a selection on this position.
One thing that we can all agree on as it pertains to the 2017 NFL Draft is that the Dallas Cowboys need to address their defense. It would be a shock, at least to me, if they did not do so early and often.
I don’t think a lot of people would be disappointed if Dallas chooses to use at least two of their top three picks on defensive players. You always want to draft the best player available, regardless of position, but that side of the ball needs attention.
Beyond that, the draft speculation seems to be wide open. Some believe that the Dallas Cowboys should draft another quarterback. In my opinion, I would much prefer to sign a cheap veteran.
This doesn’t mean that I think that the Cowboys should completely neglect the offensive side of the ball. I would sign off on Dallas drafting a running back to eventually replace the veteran duo of Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris.
You could also talk me into selecting an offensive lineman later on in the draft as well. I’m not sold that Chaz Green can stay healthy enough to be a long-term solution.
One position that the Cowboys absolutely do not need to draft however, is wide receiver.
Looking at the depth chart, using a selection on a receiver makes no sense whatsoever.
The main man at the position is amongst the upper echelon of the entire league. It’s crazy to listen to those who think Dez Bryant is no longer one of the best in the game. Over the last two years, he’s had to battle injuries and multiple quarterback changes.
Prior to that, when he had a stable quarterback situation as was healthy, he was as dynamic as anyone. I still believe the guy with 273 catches, 3,935 yards and 41 touchdowns from 2012-14 resides on this roster. Bryant is the clear number one option.
Behind him, you have a potpourri of different talents.
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The aforementioned Witten has had less than 65 catches just once over the last decade. He certainly shows no signs of slowing down.
Opposite Bryant is Terrance Williams, aka everyone’s favorite scapegoat and Cole Beasley, the slot master. All those guys do is move the chains, literally. In fact, out of every receiver with fifty catches or more, guess who ranked one and two last year in first down completions?
Williams and Beasley do exactly what you need them to do. They keep drives alive.
Lastly, you already have a project that is being developed in Andy Jones.
Where exactly does another guy fit here? Anyone drafted would have to immediately be an improvement over Butler, Whitehead and Jones just to get scraps as the fourth option at best.
Don’t forget, this Dallas Cowboys team is built around running the football. In 2014 and last year, they ran the ball 1,007 times on their way to 25 wins. While we’re talking about the running backs, also remember that Ezekiel Elliott and McFadden both get targets out of the backfield too.
Drafting a receiver just seems like a waste. Even if it’s a “special talent whose draft stock is falling,” there will be a reason for that. Most likely it will be due to injuries or off the field problems. No thanks, the Cowboys have enough of those types already.
Will the Cowboys heed my advice and skip this position? Maybe.
Should they address other needs?