Cassidy’s Pick: Dallas Cowboys select a TE, any of ’em
The easy answer here is Bijan Johnson, plain and simple! The running back draft class is exceptionally deep through rounds 3-4 and the Dallas Cowboys just franchise-tagged Tony Pollard for a whopping $10 million against the cap in 2023.
In attempts to be more original, I won’t pick Bijan as my biggest fear and have narrowed it down to the tight end position. I am not talking about just any one player in particular; I am talking about each tight end in the 2023 draft class. They all have flags and are all a reach in my opinion with the 26th overall selection.
First, let’s look at every tight end selected in the first round since 2010.
· Kyle Pitts, Falcons (2021)
· T.J. Hockenson, Lions (2019)
· Noah Fant, Broncos (2019)
· Hayden Hurst, Ravens (2018)
· O.J. Howard, Buccaneers (2017)
· Evan Engram, Giants (2017)
· David Njoku, Browns (2017)
· Eric Ebron, Lions (2014)
· Tyler Eifert, Bengals (2013)
· Jermaine Gresham, Bengals (2010)
Of the players on this list, only 1 or 2 have lived up to the value of being a first-round pick. This is not to say that they aren’t good players, but I want my first-round pick to be a home run hitter or a consistent difference-maker.
When looking at this year’s tight end class, I see a lot of players with the potential and traits of a great athlete, but so did most of the tight ends selected over the last 13-15 years.
Once you get past the history of first-round tight end selections, you then must look at the Cowboys’ current roster. Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot showed flashes of a dynamic duo with the potential to dominate the league.
Yes, the sample size is smaller than I would like but with the addition of Brandin Cooks, I want to see what the young guns have through the 2023 season.