Dallas Cowboys SLEEPER PROSPECT NO. 4 – WIDE RECEIVER
The Dallas Cowboys did themselves massive favors by trading a fifth round pick in 2023 draft for WR Brandin Cooks. Then, they wisely restructured Cooks’ contract almost certainly ensuring he’ll be a Dallas Cowboys for the 2024 season as well. That doesn’t mean the team is set.
Michael Gallup certainly presents some big questions marks and even with Cooks on the roster for the next two seasons, who is to say he’ll continue the same production as he ages? Jalen Tolbert, we don’t know. Simi Fehoko’s lone highlight in his career is from a one on one drill in camp in 2022 against Trevon Diggs that Eagle fans made famous and then conveniently forgot about.
The Dallas Cowboys are likely to add a pass catcher (phrasing intended) on day one or two. Should that pass catcher be a Tight End or perhaps the draft simply doesn’t allow you one, Puka Nacua from BYU would be a nice option on day three.
Nacua showed progress as a player every season, especially after transferring from Washington to BYU. In his time with the Cougars, Nacua pulled in 91 passes for 1,430 yards and 11 touchdowns. He added 357 rushing yards on 39 carries (9.2 ypc) and 16 total touchdowns. Solid production.
Nacua lacks the quick twitch and shiftiness that a Tank Dell, Zay Flowers or Josh Downs may possess and he has struggled with drops as well. Otherwise, he has good size, speed, and his games against Arkansas and Boise State are amongst the most fun you’ll see out of any WR prospect.
Where Nacua helps immediately is his intensity and competitive nature. He’s a try hard kind of guy and could be a good replacement for Noah Brown on Special Teams. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Nacua have a Noah Brown type career despite being different types of players.