One would think they would be satisfied. After pulling off one of the best trades in recent history to acquire Brandin Cooks from Houston, the Dallas Cowboys appear to be set at the WR position heading into 2023.
Together with CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, Cooks rounds out a pretty impressive pass-catching trio in Dallas. For a team that’s determined, in their own words, to “run the damn ball,” adding another receiver seems like overkill of limited resources.
Yet, the Cowboys appear to be anything but satisfied and seem determined to add another high-end pass catcher to their ranks via the draft.
The Dallas Cowboys are scouting many of the top receivers in the 2023 NFL Draft, seemingly determined to add more weapons to their WR ranks.
Maybe it’s Brandin Cooks’ age (29) or maybe it’s Michael Gallup’s most recent disappointing season (2022 was his first year back after ACL surgery), but the Cowboys do not act content with their current trio of WRs.
According to K.D. Drummond, the Dallas Cowboys have met (or will meet) with multiple expected first round WRs. From Jalin Hyatt to Quentin Johnston to Zay Flowers, the Cowboys are adding multiple first round WRs to their list of official visitors.
Even in the big picture, WR is arguably their most targeted position group this draft cycle, indicating their interest in upgrading the unit is of top concern.
Perhaps they are unsure of Gallup’s ability to bounce back.
Or maybe they plan to use more 4WR packages.
It’s possible the Cowboys just want more firepower and saw how thin their talent became after Tony Pollard was lost in the Divisional showdown against the 49ers.
Maybe they’re just thinking towards the future and are proactively working to replace Gallup and Cooks over the next two seasons.
Whatever the reason (and it can be a combination of reasons) the interest appears to be real and WR seems to be one of, if not the biggest, priority.
LG and DT look like concerns on paper but Dallas might see those as positions they could suitably address later in the draft. WRs just don’t have the same hit rate later in the draft.
TE is a position that could be upgraded but much like RB, the Cowboys could be planning to pick from the depth rather than attack the top of the position group. WR is something they are clearly targeting at the top.
As the list of visitors grows, the targets and predictions will change. But for now it’s clear the Dallas Cowboys are extremely interested in a WR early and they may not actually feel as good about their top trio as others do.
Which WR target do you hope they draft?