Dallas Cowboys: Mike Davis

Beyond the first round: Wide receivers

April, 29, 2014
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Each day over the next 10 days, we will focus on one position in the NFL draft by highlighting a prospect in Rounds 2-7 who might fit for the Dallas Cowboys. With so much attention placed on the first round in mock drafts, "Beyond the first round" focuses on lesser-publicized options beyond the first 32 picks. Today we look at wide receivers.

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Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesJarvis Landry had 77 catches for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for LSU.
Second round -- Jarvis Landry (LSU): He does not possess the physical skills of his LSU teammate, Odell Bekcham Jr., but he has the tools to be successful for a long time in the NFL. He had 77 catches for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. He is not a true burner, but he can create separation and make big plays.

Third round -- Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt): Like Landry, he is not a burner, but he has versatility. He can play outside, which is what the Cowboys need, and he can play the slot. He caught 112 passes for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns. He has a knack for getting open in all kinds ways.

Fourth round -- Josh Huff (Oregon): Like Matthews, he can play inside and out. The Cowboys have been linked to him since the Senior Bowl where he displayed terrific body control in making some difficult catches. He is strong after the catch and will not shy away from contact. He caught 62 passes for 1,140 yards and 12 scores.

Fifth round -- Paul Richardson (Colorado): He is a playmaker with a game similar to DeSean Jackson. In a spread field, he can make plays, but his frame (178 pounds) makes him something of a question mark when it comes to press coverage. He missed the 2012 season with a knee injury but rebounded with a school record 1,343 yards in 2013.

Sixth round -- Mike Davis (Texas): He worked out for the Cowboys at Dallas Day. He had better production as a junior but can some of that be attributed to the poor quarterback play? He can make the difficult catches and showed he would be a willing blocker at times. He has a lot of room to grow but the athletic ability to get there.

Seventh round -- Tevin Reese (Baylor): Baylor has put out a number of solid receivers in recent year, and the Cowboys grabbed one in Terrance Williams last year. Reese does not possess the size you’d want, which makes him vulnerable to press coverage, but it is hard to argue with his numbers. He was limited to nine games in 2013 with wrist injury but still had eight touchdown catches, averaging 22.8 yards per catch.

Deep receiver pool could help Cowboys

April, 28, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- In Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams, the Dallas Cowboys appear set with their top two wide receivers.

Bryant is among the best in the game and coming off his first Pro Bowl. Williams had a productive rookie season with five touchdowns and will move into the starting role held by Miles Austin. The next two receivers are largely role players in Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley.

But can Harris or Beasley hold up over a long stretch of time as an outside receiver should something happen to Bryant or Williams? The Cowboys have not gotten into the veteran free-agent market but could find a piece after the draft.

The draft is deep at wide receiver.

ESPN Insider Todd McShay said there are 21 receivers with grades in the first four rounds.

"And I don't think we're reaching," McShay said in a conference call last week, "and I think four or five others could get into the mix."

For the Cowboys that is good news. They have obvious defensive needs (end, tackle, safety) and could look for offensive line help in the first three rounds as well.

With so much depth at receiver, the Cowboys could be able to find a contributor in Rounds 3-5 and feel OK about him playing right away.

Guys like Kevin Norwood (Alabama), Brandon Coleman (Rutgers), Josh Huff (Oregon), Paul Richardson (Colorado) and Mike Davis (Texas) would have been considered better prospects in other years that could be around in those middle rounds and produce as rookies.

Dallas Cowboys worked out Davin Joseph

April, 16, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- With the NFL draft at the forefront of their minds, the Dallas Cowboys are not ignoring free agency.

Two-time Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph visited with the club earlier in the week, and wide receiver LaRon Byrd will work out for the team on Thursday, according to sources.

Joseph was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before free agency began, saving the team $6 million in cap space. A first-round pick in 2006 out of Oklahoma, Joseph started 89 games for the Buccaneers and made the Pro Bowl in 2008 and ’11. He missed the 2012 season with a knee injury and struggled last season.

The Cowboys have little depth behind starters Travis Frederick, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Ronald Leary. Joseph, 30, could push for a starting spot or serve as a backup at both guard spots. If the Cowboys sign Joseph, then it would seem to end the chances of Brian Waters returning. Waters has not decided whether he wants to play or have surgery on a torn triceps injury that ended his 2013 season.

Byrd, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, spent last year on injured reserve with the Arizona Cardinals because of a concussion. He was released earlier in the month and worked out recently for the New York Giants.

The Cowboys will host local draft prospects at Valley Ranch on Thursday as part of their Dallas Day workouts. Texas wide receiver Mike Davis (Skyline), SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert and TCU quarterback Casey Pachall are among the players scheduled to work out. Texas outside linebacker/defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat is not among the group despite attending Plano West. Because his family moved to Colorado with his dad, Jim, coaching in Boulder, he is not allowed, per league rules.

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