1 reason why the Cowboys' Luke Schoonmaker pick could be problematic
The NFL draft has come and gone for the Dallas Cowboys. Now all the offseason attention shifts to how all eight draft picks will fit in.
The Cowboys spent the majority of this year's draft picking based on needs which made sense given the blockbuster trades they made earlier in March. One position they filled was tight end by drafting Luke Schoonmaker from Michigan. However, fans and experts questioned this pick on if this move really fills the void at tight end.
The Cowboys failed to re-sign Dalton Schultz -- though some reports indicate he rejected a very fair contract offer from Dallas -- and did not sign a tight end in free agency.
Many expected Dallas to take Michael Mayer from Notre Dame at pick 26, but they opted to go with Mazi Smith. After seeing Mayer come off the board early in the second round to the Las Vegas Raiders, the Cowboys watched as the Green Bay Packers took the next best tight end in Luke Musgrave from Oregon State.
That left them to take Schoonmaker, a player who only had 54 caches his entire college career and will turn 25 during his rookie year.
1 problem with the Cowboys drafting Luke Schoonmaker in the second round
The social media buzz was not kind to the Jones family after this selection. The fans had good reason to be frustrated because the Cowboys arguably did nothing in this draft to truly fill their need at starting tight end.
While Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot showed flashes of promise in their rookie seasons, having one of them take over as the clearcut starter is a tough order going into only their second seasons. Schultz was second on the team in receptions with 57 and his numbers grew with every year once other tight ends were let go.
Schoonmaker could potentially be that kind of player, but his draft profile on NFL.com describes him as a good run blocker more than anything. That is all good for helping in two to three tight end sets and paving the way for Tony Pollard, but good tight ends have to have good hands too. That is where Schoonmaker appears to need the most help.
As of right now, Dallas does not appear to have a starting tight end. For an offense looking to be more consistent and keep up to the level of their defense, that is problematic. Dak Prescott clearly lacked the weapons on offense last year outside of CeeDee Lamb to compete for a deep playoff run. When a decision is made to move on from your current starter, it is best to try to replace him with a player capable of giving the team similar results.
That is especially true if the team has high expectations. If you are the Cowboys, Jerry Jones should want the best he can get and that clearly has not happened this offseason for tight end. Schoonmaker has the physical tools to fill Schultz's shoes, but his college profile leaves something to be desired.
Dallas did sign Tennessee's Princeton Fant as an undrafted free agent, but expectations are low coming as someone to fill the 90-man training camp roster. The focus will be on Schoonmaker. Second round picks are not always expected to immediately make an impact, but without a definite starter at this position, the pressure is on him.