It’s time for part three of the college prospect series. First, we looked at Penn State prospects with ties to Micah Parsons. Then, we looked at LSU talent with ties to Jabril Cox. Now, we want to look at potential talent for the Dallas Cowboys to draft from UCLA. As many know, Dallas was able to select DT Osa Odighizuwa out of UCLA last year. Although he didn’t get a ton of playing time, when he was filling in for injured players, the former UCLA Bruin shined.
UCLA is a school that has been able to develop some impressive players that continue on to have a lot of success in the NFL. Let’s hope that streak for the Cowboys can continue as we take a look at these four players that they could draft out of Los Angeles. All of these players played alongside the current Cowboys defensive end in the PAC 12.
All four players fill positions that need either depth or are a position of need. If taken, let’s hope they can bring the same type of energy and success that Odighizuwa had in his rookie season.
4 UCLA Bruins prospects with ties to Osa Odighizuwa that the Cowboys could take in the 2022 NFL Draft
4. Kyle Philips, Wide Receiver
Height: 5’11 Weight: 177lbs
Draft Projection: Day 2
Career Stats: 163 receptions, 1,821 receiving yards, 17 touchdowns, 26 punt returns, 2 return touchdowns
The Cowboys are going to need to find themselves more receivers in this year’s draft with four of their key guys set to hit free agency and no guarantee that any will return. Selecting a very quarterback-friendly receiver in the slot is a good place to start in my opinion.
Kyle Philips is a quick wide receiver who can make people miss on the line and get open fast. He’s that Cole Beasley type of receiver Dallas has been missing for some time now – especially on third downs. America’s Team needs a quick receiver that can get open and find holes in zones to pick up first downs.
Philips isn’t going to beat many cornerbacks deep, but he will be able to get open quickly and pick up those tougher yards. Giving quarterback Dak Prescott a receiver like this will only strengthen this offense and add another element to their potential. Philips stock is on the rise so they would need to get him in the earlier rounds if they really want him.