4 dream prospects the Cowboys should draft in first round, but won't

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1. Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

The Texas flavor is just a bonus with Worthy, but the Cowboys have a sneaky glaring need at wide receiver following the release of Michael Gallup. Not that Gallup produced much in 2023, but Brandin Cooks' production was sporadic throughout the season and Jalen Tolbert still hasn't proven anything.

Both Cooks and KaVontae Turpin are entering the final season of their contracts. Assuming CeeDee Lamb gets extended, Dallas will only have Lamb, Tolbert and 2023 seventh-round pick Jalen Brooks under contract for 2025.

Worthy would be a dream complement to Lamb and a perfect weapon for Dak Prescott. He set the combine record with a 4.21 40-yard dash and projects as an elite deep threat. Worthy has show-stopping explosiveness and acceleration when changing direction, which makes him a tough tackle in the open field.

Th Longhorns used Worthy in a variety of ways, including go routes, crossers and screens. Worthy could struggle against physical press coverage until he gets stronger, but his game-changing speed and playmaking ability make him a dream target at No. 24 overall.

If the Cowboys were smart, Worthy would be one of their top targets in round one. Unfortunately, though, they'll be drafting for need because of their inactive free agency.

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