We look at how everyone’s favorite pet cat, Chris Westry, fits on the Dallas Cowboys in 2020
It’s not hard to see why Chris Westry has such a significantly sized fan club in Cowboys Nation. The 6-foot-4 speedster from Kentucky has unicorn level size/speed/athleticism. He’s the type of player dreams are made of, even if that’s all they are…dreams.
Westry set the draft community on fire after posting a 38-inch vertical and a 4.31 40-time at his Pro Day. His numbers were impressive on their own, but matching them with player over 6-foot-4 with 33 ¾ inch arms is mind-boggling.
The Dallas Cowboys, known for valuing long and tall cornerbacks, were quick to sign Westry after the draft. Tabbed as a developmental prospect, Westry was stashed on the practice squad in 2019. While he was a 4-year player at Kentucky he was far from polished and needed to eliminate some bad habits that would inevitably lead to a waterfall of flags at the next level.
With Kris Richard, his biggest supporter, now gone, Westry will need to show progression to stay on as a developmental prospect. Still, Westry has the things you can’t teach: size and speed. That’s why he still has a future on this team and that’s why Dallas Cowboys fans remain excited about him.
What kind of future does Chris Westry have with the Dallas Cowboys?
As one might expect, last seen Westry struggled swiveling his hips and sticking with smaller and shiftier receivers. While it’s not as bad as you’d expect from a guy who looks like a giraffe, it limits who he can match up against.
With the right match-up Westry could be a tremendous asset. Taller receivers who lean on their deep speed and jump ball ability will be challenged like they’ve never been before by Westry. With his elite speed, he can play receivers conservatively and make up ground once he’s diagnosed their routes.
Westry is labeled as a CB but it would be interesting to see him in a centerfield role from time to time as well. He has great range and impressive start-stop ability. He could cover a lot of territory if he learns what to do and how to diagnose.
Perhaps the most tantalizing place for Westry is how he matches up inside against tight ends. The NFC East has some rather impressive tight ends and Westry would neutralize their size and reach. It’s safe to say Chris Westry has the raw skills needed to stay with guys like Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz up the seam.
Does he have a shot?
He has a shot, it’s rather long of a shot but it’s a shot nonetheless. Westry can’t win a spot at CB outright so he’ll probably have to also shine as either a TE neutralizer or center fielder (and obviously special teams). While his biggest advocate, Kris Richard is gone, Will McClay also values traits-based defensive backs and the prototype is alive and well in Dallas.
Hopefully we’ll be able to see some training camp or preseason action this season so we can assess how much Westry has developed because at this point it’s all projection.