The Dallas Cowboys concluded their rookie minicamp this weekend. Now that the newest rookies have seen the field, which will have the biggest impact?
The Dallas Cowboys will be counting on several of their rookies to play big roles in 2017. There’s a good chance that three or four of them will be day one starters. So, a fair question is: which one of them will contribute the most?
The low hanging fruit here is defensive end Taco Charlton. Being a first round selection almost guarantees that he’ll see some serious action on the field. That, and the fact that he’ll walk in and be one of the Cowboys best defensive lineman.
However, there is another answer to that question. Perhaps a bit creative, but a good choice nonetheless. North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer is my choice. He’ll instantly find his way onto the field as a kick and punt returner.
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Switz scored a touchdown or two on kick returns alone. But his contributions shouldn’t stop there. Switzer could make a big impact on offense as well. Even with Cole Beasley on the field.
The combination of Beasley and Switzer will give opposing defensive coordinators nightmares. With all the attention focused on Dez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott and Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer will be free to terrorize opponents’ secondary.
Instantly, I think Switzer could contribute five touchdowns and 500 yards receiving in his rookie season. Likely, the only thing holding him back will be playing time. Switzer has a niche role as a slot receiver, and shouldn’t be able to supplant Beasley in his first season.
At any rate, Ryan Switzer has the makings to become the biggest contributor in a stacked rookie class for the 2017 Dallas Cowboys. Only time will tell, but be sure to keep an eye on [little] number ten.