Dallas Cowboys Round 3 – Atorian “A.T.” Perry – Wide Receiver – Wake Forest
Height: 6'4" Weight: 198lbs. Forty: 4.4 Wingspan: 82.63"
Before the Dallas Cowboys acquired Brandin Cooks, the Cowboys’ wide receiver unit was on life support outside of CeeDee Lamb and was the top need heading into the draft. Even with the addition of Cooks, Michael Gallup has not lived up to his contract due to injuries and has been inconsistent throughout his career. If he doesn’t step up in 2023, he could be a post-June 1st cut in 2024 and the Cowboys would be smart to have a replacement ready.
If you’re looking to replace Gallup, look no further than A.T. Perry who is built like your prototypical X-receiver and is a huge Redzone threat. MG is currently holding the slot that Perry would fit best but Lamb is due for a big contract and Cowboys could cut costs by finding Gallup’s replacement. A.T. Perry played over 90% of his snaps on the outside while at Wake Forrest and has build-up speed with the ability to stretch the field with his smooth stride. To top it off, he also has the potential to be a consistent 50/50 threat and is a big target in the endzone for Dak Prescott.
The biggest concern when it comes to Perry is his lack of focus when the ball is coming into his hands. This may be due to his lack of size when playing bigger defensive backs as he is tall but he is on the leaner side for his height. Also, Perry isn’t quick in short space but rather fast given the distance with his build-up speed and stride. This could cause issues at the next level where he will need to win off the line quickly at times as he won’t purely be asked to run fly routes every down.
Where he fits in Dallas: On day one, Perry would most likely be WR4 on the depth chart, but could quickly carve out a role depending on health and production from Gallup. Some fans would wonder why Dallas would spend a 3rd round pick for a WR4 but this is more of a depth/future pick. He also would be heavily used on deep shots with his long speed and regularly in the Redzone with his size and ability to go up and block out defenders.