The Dallas Cowboys have a solid wide receiver duo, but if the opportunity presents itself in the NFL draft they should absolutely take another with their first pick.
It may not be the most pressing need, but the Dallas Cowboys must address the wide receiver position in the 2020 NFL Draft. While Amari Cooper and emerging star Michael Gallup make a formidable duo, the Cowboys failed to address the departure of slot receiver Randall Cobb in free agency.
Cobb signing with the Houston Texans left void in the Cowboys receiving corp. While they do have a handful of young players — Devin Smith, Noah Brown, Jon’Vea Johnson and Cedrick Wilson — who have shown flashes of potential in the past, they’ll likely still be targeting a receiver. The question is, when will they pull the trigger?
This is considered a very deep draft class for wide receivers but there are three names in particular that stand out: Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), Henry Ruggs III (Alabama) and CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma). All three players are considered first-round picks and it’s quite possible they could all be off the board by the time the Cowboys are on the clock at pick No. 17.
If that were to be the case, then the Cowboys should wait to draft a wide receiver. However, if one of them are still there at No. 17, then Dallas should absolutely pull the trigger. I know the Cowboys need help on defense, especially with pass rushing. But Jeudy, Ruggs III and Lamb are far too talented to pass up on if the opportunity presents itself.
Michael Gallup appears to be blossoming into a star after recording over 1,000 receiving yards last season but the NFL works in mysterious ways. Regardless of whether or not he is able to repeat his production, there’s still the fact that the guys behind Cooper and Gallup are all unproven.Sure, you could argue that draft picks are also a risk but we’re talking about three really productive wide receivers.
CeeDee Lamb, who ran a 4.5 40-yard dash at the combine, has been compared to DeAndre Hopkins. At Oklahoma last season, he caught 62 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns. With his explosive speed, acrobatic catch ability and agility in the open field, he’s would be another big-play threat for a Cowboys offense that already features Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott.
Jerry Jeudy is considered the best route-runner in the draft. While his production dropped slightly from 2018 to 2019, he was Alabama’s leading receiver last season with 77 receptions, 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns. That’s elite production coming against some very difficult SEC teams, which is about the closest thing in college football to facing NFL defenses.
Henry Ruggs III is by far the fastest wide receiver in the draft, having ran a 4.27 40-yard dash at the combine. While his route running needs improvement, he’s got really reliable hands (only one dropped ball in 2019). In critical third-down situations, you want someone that you know can hold on to the ball.
The Cowboys can really go a number of directions with their first round pick but if any of these players are still on the board then, they are certainly worth it. Jerry Jones likes to make a splash and getting one of these guys would certainly do so, giving Dak Prescott even more weapons to choose from.
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