Dallas Cowboys: Round 6
Wide Receiver – Cade Johnson – South Dakota State
I fully expect Cade Johnson to climb boards, but for now, we see him as a sixth or seventh-round pick. Johnson lit up the Senior Bowl with his ability to get off the line and leave defenders in his wake. The next most often picked was Paul Grattan the guard from UCLA. Cade was a steal when available.
Johnson is outstanding off the line and creates separation almost immediately. He has really good hands and opens himself up well for the quarterback. He is willing to go across the middle and would be a slot receiver nightmare for defenses. He can get upfield in a hurry but can work in shorter routes well.
Johnson is primarily going to be a slot corner and won’t provide a ton on the outside early in his career. He can get bullied at the line due to his size and it limits what he will be able to provide. His contact balance shows up from time to time against bigger defenders. An outstanding slot receiver Johnson allows the Cowboys to open up their offense in four-receiver sets.
Round Seven – Cornerback – Chris WIlcox – BYU
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At this point in the draft you are looking for guys that have upside and may not make it to the undrafted free agent portion after the draft. I kept hoping defensive end Tarron Jackson would make it to me but it was not to be. The next most picked player was guard Drew Dalman but it wasn’t close at all.
Wilcox is a little bit of an enigma, he has had an injury-riddled college career, but when healthy shows the ability to lock down receivers fairly well. He can play man or zone and has the length for an outside corner that teams look for. He shadows well and rarely allows a receiver to get too far away from him to close on.
Wilcox has an injury history, but his lack of ball production will certainly be something that teams might not love. He can at times reach for the punch off the line which throws his weight off a little and I did notice a few times where he was a half tick slow into his backpedal. He has flashed the tools, but will need work and to make sure his injury history isn’t an issue.