2. Jerry Jeudy, WR
One move that the Cowboys didn’t make in 2022 could come back to haunt them. They were in need of another wide receiver and it was understandable they didn’t want to surrender a top pick and still have to pay Brandin Cooks. What wasn’t understandable, was not pulling the trigger on Jerry Jeudy.
Before the deadline, Dallas called the Denver Broncos, and apparently, they were willing to part with their first-round pick from 2020 for a second-round pick. Again, the idea that they didn’t want to give that up for Cooks — and pay him roughly $18 million — was sound. Holding onto a second-round pick and not adding a talented wideout on a rookie deal is egregious.
Jeudy was actually taken two picks before CeeDee Lamb in 2020 and the Alabama product wound up having the best season of his career. Thanks to a couple of big outings in the second half of the year, he had 67 receptions for 972 yards and six touchdowns.
While he’s not the same caliber of player as Amari Cooper, he’s a similar wideout in that he’s a route technician. Dallas missed that this season and Jeudy not only could have helped them during this playoff run, but they could have had him on an affordable deal for two more years.
And for those who say a second-round pick is too much, just look at some of the choices lately. Yes, they hit on Trevon Diggs and Sam Williams has shown promise, but they also went with Trysten Hill, Kelvin Joseph, and Connor Williams lately. Chances are high that all but one of those players would be traded for Jeudy.