Dallas Cowboys 2023 UDFA profiles – Who are these guys?

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Dallas Cowboys UDFAs

The Dallas Cowboys needed to add to the wide receiver room and while they didn’t really do a ton in the draft, they did add after the draft and Jose Barbon out of Temple was one of the targets. Temple’s leading receiver, Barbon has some traits to like but may need to work on technique before seeing a lot of playing time. He offers special teams ability which helps him a ton. There are some tools and he did meet with the Chiefs during the draft process.

Barbon will probably be a slot receiver at the next level but does offer some ability to play outside as well despite only being 5’11”. He tracks the ball well in the air and adjusts to throws outside his frame. He has a good idea of where he is on the field and while not the best route runner knows where he needs to be. He is not afraid to come across the middle and make contested catches. He has decent footwork to stack defenders and change his route accordingly.

Barbon will sometimes not work back to the quarterback and allow the ball to come to him. In a few games, he was a tick late off the snap which allowed defenders to adjust to him quickly. Barbon doesn’t really create a lot of separation and won’t take the top off a defense. More of a possession receiver than dynamic playmaker. Practice squad will probably be his ceiling early on.