The Dallas Cowboys have loved tight ends for a while. With the retirement of Jason Witten, the Cowboys decided they needed to add more to the tight end room and selected Dalton Schultz out of BYU with their second fourth-round pick.
Schultz would eventually give the Cowboys a reason to let Blake Jarwin walk, only to see Schultz walk at the end of the 2022 season. While Schultz has rubbed many fans wrong by searching his name on Twitter and blocking anyone who said one bad thing about his play, he had a good 2021 season and was seen as the future of the position with the Cowboys.
What ended up happening, was Schultz ended up having a very mediocre 2022 and has been replaced by two rookies from the 2022 draft class; Peyton Hendershot and Jake Ferguson. A reliable starter, Schultz ended up being a safety valve for Dak Prescott, but as soon as the rookies showed they could be the same, the writing was on the wall for Schultz. The position of tight end has very few top-end guys, but Schultz was seen as part of the next tier after 2021.
With Schultz moving on and a down year in 2022, his grade does get hurt a little as the replacements seem to be as capable. We could look at this one again in a year or two after we know what those others provide, but as it stands heading into this season, his stock does take a bit of a hit.
If Schultz has a good season in Houston then perhaps it was usage in 2022 rather than him falling back to the mean.
Individual Grade: C+