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Monday, April 28, 2014
Deep receiver pool could help Cowboys

By Todd Archer

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.