Investing a top pick on a wide receiver seems like a far fetch for the Dallas Cowboys. Rather than spending a first or second-round pick on Aiyuk, they can draft wide receiver, Gabriel Davis.
The UCF product had a better stat line than Aiyuk in 2019, despite being ranked much lower. He caught 72 passes for 1241 yards and 12 touchdowns. That ranked second in the AAC for receiving yards and touchdowns.
Even with that to his name, he doesn’t even make Ryan Wilson’s projection as being drafted within the top three rounds. Why would a player that had better stats in both 2018 and 2019 and also played one more season rank so much lower?
According to NFL analyst Lance Zierlein, the stats don’t indicate how good of a prospect Davis is. Zierlein goes on to criticize Gabriel’s route-running and release quickness.
"” … but sluggish release quickness and predictable route usage are concerning … he won’t get easy looks in the pros and may need more work and development than the 2019 production might indicate”"
The only knacks I see based on Zierlein’s analysis is route-running and a bad release. Other than that, he appears to be a great prospect. I can see him being a boom or bust prospect, but nothing in between.
His 6-foot-2 frame and 4.54 time in the 40-yard dash impress me. Maybe he won’t be as good in season one, but you can look at him in season two and on to prove he is a nice gem in the 2020 draft.
The biggest thing here is Dallas would not be using a top pick on Davis. A fourth-rounder would likely be what’s needed to draft the wideout, and that is a great spot.
By that time, at least one and maybe two picks would be used to reinforce the secondary. At that point, it’s a matter of drafting the best player available, and Davis in the fourth round is a very attractive prospect at that point.
The point of all this is that the Dallas Cowboys have a lot of options. The most likely are either signing Bryant, drafting Davis, or even both. What do you think the Cowboys should do to address their slot receiver?