NFL Draft Guru released his latest mock draft the other day and it was full of surprises. It is no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have made it their goal to improve their defense in 2014. Almost every position on the defense needs to be upgraded and the Cowboys need to upgrade through the draft because they do not have a lot of salary space. But, there are positions on the offensive side of the ball that need adjustments too. The Cowboys should look to add a receiver early in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Dez Bryant is easily one of the best receivers in the NFL. He has the speed, size, and soft hands that make him such a reliable target down the field. Sure he has had some up and downs in his NFL career, but he seems to be on the straight and narrow after being given rules from the Cowboys’ brass. Terrance Williams flourished in his freshman season as the no. 3 receiver. In fact, he outplayed Miles Austin despite not being a finished product. Williams needs to improve his hands. He tends to catch passes with his body and that is something he needs to change going forward.
When you look pass Bryant and Williams, there isn’t much explosiveness behind them. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris. The problem with them is that they’re not starting material. McShay noticed this, and that’s why he has the Cowboys selecting Brandin Cooks with the 16th pick in the draft. Perhaps the best route-runner in the draft, Cooks has a combination of speed and versatility that makes him a special talent. He was the nation’s leading receiver and his quarterback play was inconsistent to say the least.
In my opinion, drafting Cooks would be a bad idea because he is undersized and he is still a bit raw, which are two traits Dallas doesn’t need at the wide receiver position. If the Cowboys decide to select a receiver in the first round, Mike Evans or Allen Robinson(trade-back) would be a better option. Despite McShay’s pick, I don’t see the Cowboys picking a wide receiver in the first round. That being said, the Cowboys could draft one in the second round if a premier prospect falls. Expect Aaron Donald or Anthony Barr to be the Cowboys’ first-round pick in two weeks.