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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PALO ALTO, CA – NOVEMBER 10: Tight end Colby Parkinson #84 of the Stanford Cardinal (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /

Round 5, Pick 179

TE, Colby Parkinson


It seems a little obvious mocking Colby to the Dallas Cowboys here but it just makes so much sense and for the sake of the long-term 40-burger, it needs to be done. Dallas is in a good spot right now with Blake Jarwin. Fresh on a new 3-year deal, Jarwin is polished and primed for a breakout season.

For the past three years he’s been learning the craft and after working behind Jason Witten in 2019, he’s being handed the keys to the car. He’s flashed enough big play potential to make Cowboys Nation excited. And given his deal, the Dallas Cowboys have every reason to make him a big part of the offense. But just in case he doesn’t work out, it may be wise to get another guy on the back-burner.

Dalton Schultz, another Stanford tight end, is already simmering back there. And in limited snaps last season he looked pretty good. He’s the more well-rounded of the tight ends. Parkinson and Jarwin are the pass-catching weapons.

While run-blocking is an important part of the tight end role, it’s far the most important. That honor goes to the receiving element. And in a 40-burger offense you need your TE catching balls and moving the chains, not blocking for RBs and supporting a plodding offense.

As we’ve stated many times already, Zeke is better when the offense is spread out anyway. When the offense packs it in and tries to jam the ball down the opposition’s throat, the results are stunted. That’s because the more men in the box, the less fruitful the run. It doesn’t matter how many hats you get on them, running backs are better in space, and Colby Parkinson is a player who furthers that agenda.

He’s a project, but at 6-foot-7 and a smooth runner, he’s a pretty fun project to have developing behind Jarwin.