Dallas Cowboys: 5 receiver targets after the first round

STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 14: Wide receiver James Washington
STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 14: Wide receiver James Washington /

With the release of Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys are in the market for a receiver. Here are a few receivers they can target after the first round.

Over the past month, three receivers have been linked to the Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Ridley, D.J. Moore, and Courtland Sutton. The problem the Cowboys have with release of Dez Bryant, teams will be trying to jump ahead of them to grab those receivers. This will make it difficult for the Cowboys to target these players.

Let’s take a look at some receivers the Cowboys could target in the later rounds.

James Washington – Oklahoma State

Washington is on the smaller side when it comes to his height at 5-foot-11 but he plays a very physical game. He uses his hands well and has the ability to beat press man coverage at the next level. Washington also has the speed to get past corners in the NFL.

While at Oklahoma St. Washington’s career stat line was 52 games with 226 receptions, 4,472 yards receiving and 39 touchdowns. Washington was All-Big 12 First Team and the 2017 Biletnikoff Award winner for best receiver in the nation. He also holds the schools all-time leading receiver record.

D.J. Chark – LSU

Chark is an interesting player. During his time at LSU, he wasn’t able to show off his skills consistently as they are a run focused team. What Chark has going for him his height at 6-foot-3 and speed which he showed off at the NFL combine.

Chark has the ability to take the top off a defense but he also can run precise routes tricking corners with his quick feet. While at LSU Chark’s career stat line was 25 games with 66 receptions, 1,615 in total yards and 10 total touchdowns.

Michael Gallup – Colorado State

Gallup has all the tools to succeed at the next level. He is big, strong and he is another receiver with the ability to get behind a defense. Last season, Gallup was in the top ten in the nation in both receptions and yards.

During his time at Colorado State Gallup’s career stat line was 26 games with 176 receptions 2,690 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. Gallup was also an All-Mountain West First Team and a Biletnikoff Award finalist.

Daurice Fountain – Northern Iowa

Fountain’s a player the Cowboys have talked to during their draft preparations. Another receiver that has the height (6-foot-1) and physical stature the Cowboys like.  He displays good speed, a wide catch radius and with some coaching, could become a real threat for the Cowboys if drafted.

During his time at Northern Iowa, Fountain’s career stat line was 52 games with 150 receptions, 2,077 receiving yards, and 23 touchdowns. Fountain was also the William H. Coffman Award for the Most Outstanding Offensive Player.

Cedric Wilson – Boise State

Wilson has been floated to the Cowboys a few times. At 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds, he has the traits the Cowboys like and he has the frame to add more weight if asked too. Wilson is a tough player who has fought through injuries and still made plays on the field. He has the ability to get behind a defense and cause trouble and is a competent route runner.

During his time at Boise State, Wilson’s stat line was  26 games with 139 receptions, 2,640 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. Wilson is the single-season record holder for yards with 1,511. He was also named to the Associated Press All-Bowl Team and All-Mountain West Football First Team.

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All of these players have the ability to help the Cowboys in one way or another. They all have put up big numbers in college which will hopefully translate to the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys. What receiver that hasn’t been linked to the Cowboys would you like to see them draft?

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