#3. Find a replacement for Dez Bryant
If the Dallas Cowboys have an opportunity to find themselves a number one wide receiver this offseason, they have to take it! Even if that means using their first round selection to do so.
The simple fact is Dez Bryant is no longer an elite receiver. Whether that be due to injury, age (29) or a lack of speed, Bryant’s limitations are holding the Cowboys back. And quarterback Dak Prescott has to stop forcing the ball to Dez in order to get him involved. Bryant is just wasting those opportunities.
So far this season, Prescott has targeted Bryant a team-high 97 times according to Fox Sports. That’s the fifth highest total in the NFL! But Dez has only caught 50 passes this season for 541 yards and four touchdowns. Bryant’s catch percentage of 51.5% is one of the worst in the entire league.
The 29-year old wide receiver is better suited for a number two role at this point of his career. No longer any kind of a deep threat, Bryant’s current skill set is better suited as a possession receiver only. Dallas needs to find themselves a dynamic playmaker to replace Dez as their top target, sort of like what #88 was during his first five years with the Cowboys.
But Bryant’s massive salary (five-year, $70 million) makes adding such a player via free agency a near impossibility. Therefore, the Cowboys may have to use a high draft selection on the position instead.