Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Drafting WR 1st (40-point offense)

Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Jerry Jeudy #4 (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Round 1, Pick 17

WR Jerry Jeudy


What if Jerry Jeudy falls to Pick 17? While it’s unlikely to happen looking at the current draft order (Jeudy has been falling in about 20% of my simulations), that draft order is certain to change once the draft goes live and teams start trading. We see it every year.

As a result of the wheeling and dealing, great players slip through the cracks. That’s because teams that trade up are often targeting need. This is likely to be for a QB or a LT. So let’s say Jerry Jeudy, the supremely talented wide out from Alabama, falls into Dallas’ laps. And going against their very nature, they put off their self-imposed need at cornerback, and embrace the gift that has been given unto them.

Jerry Jeudy, probably the most likely of the top-3 WRs to fall to Dallas, is one of the most polished and ready-made WRs to enter the NFL – ever. That’s not to say he’s the best ever, but rather he’s the most ready to make an impact on Day 1.

With that said, Jeudy’s ceiling is extremely high. He’ll immediately enter the NFL as one of the most elite route-runners in the league, which is impressive given his size at 6-foot-1, 192lbs. In fact, he relates extremely well to Amari Cooper, making him a perfect fit on the Dallas Cowboys.

Jeudy is a separation machine, who works well in timing based offenses that value consistency. He’s proficient from the outside as well as the slot. In Dallas, he cleanly fits inside, but with his ability to run a full route tree AND beat press, he could also take snaps outside and let Amari play inside from time to time. He’s a big play threat on deep balls and short passes alike. And if you are wondering, he’s a pretty good run blocker too.

It’s not hard to see a Dallas offense going 11 personnel 80% of the time with someone like Jerry Jeudy on the team. Having Michael Gallup, Blake Jarwin, Cooper, and Jeudy on the field at the same time would be very 40-burger. It would also force defenses to stretch out, opening things up for Zeke who’s considerably more effective running into empty boxes, than he is running into crowded boxes.