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Todd McShay's Mock Draft: Dallas Cowboys Select a Wide Receiver

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.

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  • David

    The only way I can see them drafting an wr in the 1st round is if Barr, Pryor, Dix and Martin are gone and no one wants to trade with them. The wr position is the deepest it has been in years. They can draft one in the mid rounds.

    • baronmwd

      Even if that’s the case I would rather take a LB Mosley/Shazier at 16 before WR. You are correct about the WR’S being so deep this year. After the 2nd round the LB talent really falls off but WR in rounds 3-5 is still strong. Let’s not forget Dallas isn’t in need of a #1 or even a #2WR. At that position they really only need depth. Best case though is for Dallas to trade back as far as they can amassing as many picks in rounds 2-4 as the can.

      • David

        Yes I would take Shazier in a minute if Barr, Pryor and Dix are gone..

        • baronmwd

          I love Shazier too I think he would help our LB corp. immediately. I think he is a lot like Sean Lee but with a lot more speed. He is always around the ball.

          • David

            Agreed..They are desparate for playmakers and he can be one of them.

          • Ryan Ratty

            Hey great conversation, guys. Like I said, I don’t see the Cowboys drafting a wide receiver until the second or third round. Like you said, class is the deepest is has been in years. Thanks for reading, guys!

          • Scott.

            What does resigning spencer do to the draft philosophy? Personally I think they should not change the mindset of defense first, especially considering the seriousness of injury.

          • David

            Anytime Ryan. We just have to hope Barr, Pryor, Dix or Shazier is there at 16 when they pick. The Cowboys need some playmakers at LB and at safety and if Barr is there I love his potential at the weak side DE.

  • brian basile

    16 S SEAN CLINTON-DIX ALABAMA Tired 2nd tier safeties, plenty depth for other positions later
    47 WR KELVIN BENJAMIN FLORIDA STATE A steal here, need a true #2
    78 DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE BOISE STATE Can be our new Demarcus
    119 DT DANIEL MCCULLERS TENNESSEE Absolute beast, perfect run stuffer next to Melton
    158 DE BRENT URBAN VIRGINIA 5th round has been trickiest in every one of these..BPA
    229 DT SHAMAR STEPHEN UCONN Good size, can develop under R.M.
    238 DE AARON LYNCH USF Can be a star if he gets his head on straight
    248 OG JOHN URSCHEL PENN STATE Quality depth, can compete for starting job
    254 FB J.C. COPELAND LSU Best FB in draft, day 1 starter with last pick in draft
    UDFA Jeff Mathews QB Cornell No need to draft a project QB, this guy has all the tools
    UDFA Kirby Van Der Camp P Iowa State I do not like Jones at all
    UDFA Nohammed Seisay CB Nebraska Special teams player , depth at CB

    My latest Fanspeak…I like this one