Dallas Cowboys pick number 90 – A.T. Perry, Wide Receiver, Wake Forest
Dallas got its speed talent in the second round. In the third round, they get their big, bodied receiver to play on the outside. A.T. Perry, please stand up.
As it stands today, Odell Beckam, Jr. is not a part of the roster. The wide receivers that saw action, made any significant impact and are still under contract are CeeDee Lamp and Michael Gallup. The next closest would be T.Y. Hilton and Noah Brown but both are unrestricted free agents. Dallas has some young, unproven players (Simi Fehoko, Jalen Tolbert, Kevontae Turpin and Dennis Houston) where the jury is still undecided.
It was clear to the casual fan what the Dallas Cowboys were missing in the postseason game against the 49ers. One word. Gamebreaker. CeeDee Lamb did as much as he could with the hand he was dealt. However, there was no other receiver in that game or on the roster that had the ability to get open to provide Dak any type of window to throw the ball.
At Wake Forest, Perry was effective running go routes and the deep post. His last two years at Wake Forest, he was a high-volume guy. His targets were 129 and 125 respectively. One of his better games was against a good Syracuse defense led by NFL prospect Garrett Williams. Perry ended the game with 10 receptions for 110 yards and 3 touchdowns. His ability to high point the ball against even bigger cornerbacks is extraordinary.
Admittedly, Perry is a long strider rather than a burner. The pressure the Dallas Cowboys will be able to put on defensive backs with three bigger, stronger wide receivers will definitely play into their favor. He is a little taller than Dallas’ prototypical receiver type. To win in this league, you have to take the blinders off and look for someone who can help open up the offense. This kid can do that.
Perry has adequate hands. Watching some of his game film, the 6’5″ 205-pound frame does not pigeon-hole him to the outside position. He did play some slot but was mostly on the outside which should play into the Dallas Cowboys favor with Lamb taking up a lot of the slot receiver snaps. His big body should bode well on the slant and drag routes he’ll be running in the team’s version of the west coast offense. If A.T. Perry is available at 90, Dallas would have found their weapon.