Where the Cowboys' WR Depth Chart Stands Heading Into Draft

It's almost time for the 2024 NFL Draft. In the meantime, here's a look at how the Dallas Cowboys' WR depth chart is shaping up ahead of this week's festivities.
Unsurprisingly, CeeDee Lamb is the No. 1 WR on the Cowboys' depth chart.
Unsurprisingly, CeeDee Lamb is the No. 1 WR on the Cowboys' depth chart. / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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5. Jalen Brooks

As a seventh-round pick, nobody expected Jalen Brooks to see too many opportunities as a rookie. Well, it turns out they were right as the ex-South Carolina Gamecock was held to just 77 offensive snaps across seven games while spending most of the year with an 'inactive' designation.

But even though his playing time was slim, Brooks made good on every opportunity he was given. He caught all six of the passes thrown his way, registering 64 receiving yards and four first downs. His performance wasn't otherworldly, but it's clear that he's a solid option for the WR4/5 spot for now.

Like Turpin and Tolbert, Brooks has a great opportunity to carve out himself a bigger role going forward. He has the size and tools to become a decent option for Dak Prescott, but it's up to him to prove that he can put it all together as early as next season.

6-9. Martavis Bryant, Racey McMath, David Durden, Jalen Cropper

After Brooks, the Cowboys' WR depth chart is somewhat of a mess. Dallas still has four more wideouts under contract but their order on the team is somewhat of a crapshoot.

For starters, we have Martavis Bryant. The veteran wideout joined the Cowboys last fall after being reinstated by the NFL following his violation of the league's drug policy back in 2018. Bryant was solid during his early career, amassing over 2,100 yards and 17 TDs in four seasons with the Steelers and Raiders, but no one knows if he can still contribute given that he hasn't played an NFL game in nearly six years.

There's also David Durden and Jalen Cropper, who both joined Dallas as undrafted free agents last year. Neither wideout saw a lick of action as a rookie, though. Durden was out for the year after suffering an ACL tear during practice in August while Cropper spent the season on the practice squad.

Lastly, we can't forget about Racey McMath. The ex-LSU product joined the Cowboys on a future contract earlier this year after uneventful stints with the Titans and Colts. Having said that, McMath has looked awful in his short career, only catching 4-of-14 (28.6%) targets for 48 yards.

Needless to say, there are plenty of question marks surrounding the Cowboys' WR depth. There are more questions than answers beyond the likes of Lamb and Cooks, leaving time to tell how (and if) Dallas addresses the situation in Detroit this week.

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