The Dallas Cowboys selected just two offensive players in the 2017 draft– both receivers. It’s fair to wonder whether or not the ‘Boys could face a logjam at receiver going into next season.
The Dallas Cowboys might have a good problem on their hands. Despite going defense-heavy this past draft, they may still find themselves too stacked at one particular offensive position– wide receiver.
Let’s start with the projected starters. Obviously there’s Dez “Throw up the X” Bryant right there at WR1. Next we have Cole Beasley, the pesky slot receiver who has gotten better every year, and and is on the books for this season and next.
The Cowboys also re-signed two receivers this past offseason. Terrance Williams, who has been a nice complementary receiver for the ‘Boys, just signed a four-year, $17 million contract this past offseason.
Dallas also re-signed fourth receiver Brice Butler to a one-year, $1.1 million prove-it contract. Butler had a solid year filling in for the injured Bryant last season, and could battle Williams for the WR2 spot opposite of Dez this training camp.
Now here’s where it gets a little murky.
Of the nine drafted players the Cowboys selected in last week’s draft– only two of them were on offense. However, both of those players happened to be wide receivers. Additionally, both receivers selected appear to mirror the skill sets of some of the wide receivers currently on Dallas’ roster.
Diminutive receiver Ryan Switzer out of UNC was the Cowboys’ fourth round pick, and it’s tough not to make Cole Beasley comparisons. At 5’9″, 181 pounds, Switzer is a shifty, explosive receiver that operates exclusively from the slot. He’s the self proclaimed “best returner in the draft”, so the Cowboys could start him out there until they feel he’s ready to contribute on offense.
Dallas’ other draft pick at receiver was Ohio State buckeye Noah Brown, who they managed to nab late in the sixth round.
Brown, who was a former teammate of Ezekiel Elliott, is much more of a physical specimen than Switzer. At 6’2″, 222 pounds, he’s a big receiver who isn’t afraid to go up and get it.
Well he’s sort of a poor man’s version of Bryant, although not nearly as explosive. He also shares some similarities to the aforementioned Butler, the big receiver who is also jockeying for a spot in the Dallas receiver rotation.
Throw return specialist/ gadget play extraordinaire Lucky Whitehead, and the Cowboys seem to be more than set at wide receiver.
It is said competition brings out the best in players, so this could be a highly intense training camp for all of the Dallas Cowboys receivers.
Although there are a plethora of receivers fighting for reps opposite of Bryant, there’s no doubt head coach Jason Garrett and receivers coach Derek Dooley are both frothing at the mouth.
This is definitely a good problem to have.