Dallas Cowboys Round 5 (170): WR Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss
The Dallas Cowboys need playmakers (hence the title of this draft) which means they need to double-dip at the WR position. They are currently locked in with CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup but behind those veterns, not much is known.
While we’d like to see Gallup bounce back from his career worst 2022 season, we can’t be sure he’ll ever reach his preinjury self. The Dallas Cowboys would be wise to treat MG as as their WR3 and hope he outperforms those expectations because they cannot roll out CeeDee by himself and hope to hang with legit contenders again this year.
In this draft the Cowboys went with USC’s Addison with their first pick. He should be a Day 1 contributor and instant starter at the Z spot. But they can’t afford to stop there. More WRs are in this class and a Day 3 pick could be developed into solid depth, or even more, down the road.
Jonathan Mingo isn’t the burner they need, but he’s the big body Mike McCarthy loves. At 6-foot-2, 225lbs, Mingo is one of the bigger WRS in the draft.
Averaging 16.9 yards/reception last season, he’s a big play machine who uses his size and strength to get extra yards after the catch. He’s falling because his route-running needs work and he doesn’t create much separation in his routes. But you can teach that. You can’t teach size.
Mingo can be seen as a WR4 who is a Noah Brown replacement. He knows how to use his body and be a blocker and/or screen weapon.