3 Draft Picks That Could Save Mike McCarthy’s Job

The pressure is mounting for Mike McCarthy in 2024. He needs to win but he can find some answers in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Mike McCarthy will return for a fifth season as head coach of the Cowboys.
Mike McCarthy will return for a fifth season as head coach of the Cowboys. / Wm. Glasheen / USA TODAY NETWORK
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2. Adonai Mitchell, WR

The Cowboys have a No. 1 WR already with CeeDee Lamb. He's one of the best playmakers in the league with his silky smooth route running and the ability to do damage after the catch.

Lamb was first in the NFL in receptions (135), second in receiving yards (1,749), and third in touchdowns (12). These are eye-popping numbers but the Cowboys need to add another dynamic piece to the offense.

Brandin Cooks, 30, was brought in for the 2023 season and posted solid numbers but nothing crazy. He was third on the team in catches (54) and receiving yards (657) with eight touchdowns.

Cooks is still a good pass-catching option but could be better suited as a WR3. Dallas should look at selecting Adonai Mitchell with their first-round selection.

Mitchell (6'4) is a long and nimble playmaker who has the acceleration to blow past defenders downfield.

At the Scouting Combine, Mitchell ran a 4.34 40-yard dash and logged a 39.5-inch vertical jump.

The Texas native had two rough seasons at Georgia University before transferring to Texas in 2023. He posted career-highs in catches (55), receiving yards (845), and touchdowns (11) with the Longhorns.

Mitchell uses his lengthy frame to create space and pull down those contested catches. He tracks the deep ball extremely well and has superb body control.

Another surprising element of his game is his willingness to block in the run game.

Snagging a difference-maker like Mitchell to pair with Lamb could spell great things for the Cowboys' offense and head coach Mike McCarthy.