Round Six – Leonard Taylor – Tight End – Cincinnati
With the Dallas Cowboys allowing Dalton Schultz to walk this offseason, the team has put their eggs into the Peyton Hendershot and Jake Ferguson baskets. While there is a lot to like about both, the position is thin behind them. What the Dallas Cowboys do need is a tight end who can help block and play in short areas, this is where Taylor fits from day one.
Taylor is a solid run and pass blocker from the tight end position and can help in goalline and short-yardage situations. As a pass catcher, he has sure hands with a good radius and an ability to find soft spots in coverage. At Cincinnati, he was also tasked with aligning inside and out, which offers a glimpse of what he can bring as a receiver. He isn’t overly dynamic, but he is steady and consistent in what he is asked to do.
Taylor isn’t a guy who will get a ton of yards after the catch, nor will he separate due to route running, but that’s not what he would be asked to do early. His upside right now is as a blocker and in tight situations, so asking him to be your starting tight end may be a stretch right now. He offers a lot of upside, but that might take some time as he develops his route tree and uses his size better.