Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Protecting strengths/fixing weakness

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Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft

Round 4, Pick 139

Dez Fitzpatrick, WR


Taking an honest inventory of the Dallas Cowboys roster, it’s clear 2021 is the last season for Michael Gallup. While it’s possible Dallas will cut Amari Cooper next offseason and keep Gallup, Cooper is head and shoulder better, and even if it would save money, the fall-off would be tremendous.

So if we had to guess what the WR corps would look like in 2022 we’d go with CeeDee Lamb as the X, Amari as the Z, and an opening inside at the slot. Because of this, I’m naturally drawn to smaller slot receivers this draft, so they can develop for a year and slide into the starting role in 2022.

Dez Fitzpatrick is not that profile.

Dez, 6-foot-2 202 lbs is not your traditional water bug looking slot receiver. In fact, many will say he’s not a slot at all. But what I see is tremendous value sitting here in the 4th round and you don’t pass up on a potential starting receiver with inside/outside ability here, just because he doesn’t fit your prototypical image.

Dez is another player who had a great Senior Bowl week. He showed he’s one of the best route runners of the class and he creates separation with ease. He has strong hands and surprisingly good change of direction for a guy his size.

Fitzpatrick is big and strong enough to play anywhere and he’s a nasty blocker (something the Cowboys always value). Dallas would continue to have three interchangeable receivers.